Regional CSO’s tells Forum Education Ministers to prioritise funding for Education to build resilience and recover from Covid 19.

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the Pacific are optimistic that concerted effort of all stakeholders at the regional, national and local levels will scale up effort to implement Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF), its stated alignment with SDG4, which is to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’. During […]

Urgent need to step up our efforts to protect the marine environment; Ilolahia

As much as the ocean keeps us connected while we remain apart, it needs each of us for its survival.
The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO) remain optimistic that the call for a moratorium, in order to support the research that will be taking place as part of the Decade of Ocean Science will allow Pacific leaders to be well-informed on how to progress with the Deep Sea Mining industry – if they choose to do so.

Challenge of exclusion and inequality remains for Fiji in SDGs: Fiji CSOs

NEW YORK———-Fiji had promised to implement sustainable development goals (SDGs), pledging to leave no one behind. However, for those that are marginalized due to living in remote maritime islands, those living with disability and gender based violence for example, the risk of exclusion remains, not only in Fiji, but throughout the region.  However, for those […]

PIANGO CSO Dialogue at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

A two-day PIANGO CSO Dialogue on the role of National CSO platforms as development actors in advancing the framework for Pacific Regionalism at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat was organised in March.About 16 NLU’s members gathered to reflect on the most stagnant issues and issues that urgently need the attention of their Forum leaders and […]

Pacific CSO on Post Cotonou

Pacific Civil Society Organisations (SCO’s) gathered in January and February to strategise on Pacific priorities for the Post Cotonou Agreement negotiations, scrutinising documents relating to the negotiating positions of the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States

Deputy UN High Commissioner on Human Rights hears Fiji and Pacific CSOs

Civil Society Representatives commend the commitment of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to actively engage with Fiji and Pacific human rights defenders and civil society actors in putting human rights at the heart of their collaboration in accordance with the UN Charter.

PIANGO receives special UN status

The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO) has been granted Special consultative status by the United Nations.

PIANGO commends Futuna’s decision disallowing seabed mining

THE Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental (PIANGO) has praised the decision of the traditional elders of the Pacific island of Futuna for disallowing any work related to seabed mining in their waters. PIANGO executive director Emele Duituturaga said they stood with other regional NGOs and Pacific churches in the continued call for a ban on […]

A free and secure Blue Pacific – CSO talks before Leaders meet

Civil society representatives will converge in Nauru ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting, to discuss key issues affecting the lives of Pacific Peoples. A joint initiative between the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations (PIANGO) and its National Affiliate – Nauru Islands Association of Non-Government Organisation (NIANGO), are convening two CSO Roundtables to […]

PIANGO appoints Deputy Executive Director

The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations  (PIANGO) has a new Deputy Executive Director. Long-time Tongan civil society leader MsEmelineSialeIlolahiaKolomotu’a joined PIANGO earlier this year taking up the new role to strengthen PIANGO’s focus on its member countries in the region. PIANGO Executive Director EmeleDuituturaga said MsIlolahia’s appointment is an asset to regional headquarters as she comes […]

Next Generation Leaders Meet Kiribati High Commissioner

PIANGO hosted its Third Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Breakfast program – “Breakfast with David” for emerging leaders from civil society with the Kiribati High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency David Ateti Teaabo to welcome and celebrate his appointment not only as a relatively young diplomat. Mr Teaabo, himself, a former civil society advocate and key […]

Kiribati Voices for Dignity and Resilience (KV4DR.

The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) has kick-start with a baseline community perspective study on climate induced relocation, focusing on resilience in Kiribati. PIANGO launched the Kiribati Voices for Dignity and Resilience (KV4DR) project and will focus on their approach from a climate induced relocation lens. This work will help shape policies that […]


Over 50 regional civil society actors will converge in Suva, Fiji ahead of the International Civil Society Week to discuss regional development aid effectiveness and its link to the acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goals. Convened by the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO), the Pacific Regional CSO Forum is expected to have participants […]

Vitila at a snail’s pace but still beating the odds

Port Villa, Vanuatu – Vitilia Vuniwaqa will not allow her disability to deter her from becoming a successful farmer and business women. Involved in a car accident and later partially paralysed seven years ago, she has managed to build her small business through organic farming with the support of family and friends. Originally from Luvu […]