September 22, 2017

International Civil Society Week 2017 Brief 1: August -September 2017

Dear NLU, Partners and Friends,

Greetings from the PIANGO Secretariat. Preparations for the hosting of the International Civil Society Week here in Suva, Fiji are gaining momentum as we rapidly approach December!
As of September 18, 2017 logistical details that the team have managed to confirm are:

  1. University of the South Pacific Laucala Bay Campus, Suva, Fiji as the main venue for the week- long event
  2. Dates of the event: 4th – 8th December 2017
  3. CIVICUS’ ICSW coordinator, Andrzej Kostek continues to head a joint PIANGO-CIVICUS secretariat. Members of the local coordinating team include, special projects officer, Akmal Ali, Mavis Clerke and Anare Vuniwai. PIANGO anticipates a move into the USPSA allocated room to run the secretariat and coordinate ICSW activities by October 2017. Andrzej will then be in-country to lead operations. (PIANGO’s earlier updates shared our signing of a Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the USP and the USP Students Association in the mid 2nd quarter.)
  4. PIANGO executive director, Emele Duituturaga chairs the ICSW Local Host Committee (LHC) which meets fortnightly in Suva to advance ICSW preparations. Committee members include representatives from civil society such as the Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFs), USP, USP Students Association, Coral Reef Alliance and Bua Urban Youth Network. PIANGO is pleased to note the support of Fijian government ministries and their participation in the LHC. These include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the iTaukei Affairs Board (TAB), Ministry of Health and the Department of Immigration. The Ministry of Youth is expected to join the LHC at its next meeting.
  5. USP Halls of Residence 4th, 5th, 10th and 11th have been booked to accommodate registered ICSW 2017 Delegates.
  6. Overview of the pre ICSW week and ICSW 2017:



    29th Nov

    Pacific CSO Dialogue on Development Effectiveness

    30th Nov

    Pacific CSO Dialogue on Development Effectiveness

    1st Dec

    OHCHR Increasing Civic Space Workshop


    ICSW 2017

    1: 4th Dec

    Youth Assembly (For participants 30yrs and under)
    Opening ceremony/activities

    2: 5th Dec

    Concurrent Event Sessions led by ICSW 2017 event partners; Civil Society Festival

    3: 6th Dec

    Concurrent Event Sessions led by ICSW 2017 event partners; Civil Society Festival

    4: 7th Dec

    CIVICUS World Assembly and the Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Awards Ceremony; Closing Ceremony

    5: 8th Dec

    Closed side events : PIANGO Council

  7. Those interested in participating the events listed above are reminded that REGISTRATION is required and is currently open at: Registration closes on 20 November.
  8. Registration fee structure is outlined below.

    Registration Types



    Standard Registration

    For all ICSW 2017 delegates


    Member Registration

    For CIVICUS voting members*, PIANGO members


    Group Registration

    For groups of five or more, 5th registration is free**


    Daily Registration

    For local civil society actors residing in Fiji

    $50 (5-6 Dec***)

    Sponsored Registration

    For delegates supported by event partners


  9. Your ICSW 2017 registration fee includes:
    • Access to all ICSW 2017 events (as outlined above)
    • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea/coffee breaks for the entire duration of ICSW 2017
    • Local (Suva) transportation
    • Subsidised accommodation at University of the South Pacific (inclusive of breakfast)