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 from as far as the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas as well as the south Pacific region.
The two day forum which is supported by the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) and the International Forum for National NGO Platforms (IFP) is an opportunity for Pacific CSOs to map out prospects for multi stakeholder partnerships that work towards the achievement of the SDGs.
“The forum is to help us take stock of Pacific CSO efforts for regional and international partnerships for sustainable development so far as well as provide space for exchanges and mutual learning of national CSOs on the Agenda 2030,” PIANGO executive director, Emele Duituturaga said.
Duituturaga said beginning regional civil society week discussions a week before the ICSW 2017 will not only help build CSO solidarity and rapport but to ensure development effectiveness in the region, and prepare Pacific participants for ICSW with pressing regional issues foremost on their minds.
“We are excited that the forum will provide the space for CSOs to dialogue on thematic issues that will enhance their approaches and create innovate tools for effective development outcomes in the Pacific,” she said.
The forum is expected to be hosted at the USP Laucala Bay Campus from November 28th -29th 2017.