The Myanmar People’s Summit is a meeting convened by civil society in support of a civilian and democratic government in Myanmar. 

The Summit brings together civil society together with the Myanmar diaspora and representatives of government. It is an expression of the strongest support for civilian rule in Myanmar to the ASEAN leaders in attendance in Melbourne at the ASEAN Special Summit, hosted by the Australian Prime Minister from 4-6 March, 2024. 

On February 1, 2021, a violent military coup was launched against the Myanmar population. The civilian population vehemently rejected the coup in a widespread Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM). In the three years since, the country has continued to reject military rule, and has organised an effective alternative, civilian government-in-exile, the National Unity Government (NUG) which continues to consolidate its rightful claim to leadership.  

This Summit will hear from speakers and will issue a statement to ASEAN leaders from Australian and International civil society. 

Where: United Workers Union offices, 833 Bourke St, Docklands, Melbourne VIC 

When: 1pm -3pm AEDT Monday, 4 March 2024 

Tickets: Free. Registration essential by clicking here 

Media are welcome to attend, please RSVP as above and identify your media organisation. 


  • Mr Joseph Mitchell, ACTU Assistant Secretary, Welcome to Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister 
  • Opening remarks by His Excellency Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister, Timor-Leste 
  • Dr Tun Aung Shwe, National Unity Government of Myanmar Representative to Australia 
  • Alison Tate, Director, Economic & Social Policy, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) 
  • Rev Tim Costello AO, Australian Baptists; Executive Director, MICAH 
  • Debbie Stothard, Coordinator, Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN Burma) 
  • Wai Wai Nu, Founder and Executive Director of the Women Peace Network 
  • Saw Lwin Oo, President, Australian Karen Organisation; Representative, CRPH/NUG Support Group Australia Ethnic Advisory Council 
  • National Unity Government of Myanmar Representative to ASEAN (video) 
  • Plus, the launch of the Myanmar People’s Summit Statement 2024. 

More speakers are to be announced.  


Co-sponsored by: 

The Myanmar People’s Summit is co-sponsored by the Myanmar Campaign Network, the National Unity Government Representative Office (Australia), CRPH/NUG Support Group Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Council for International Development, and SEARCH Foundation. 

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