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Traditional governance, quality and affordable education, youth and women and were some of the key issues raised to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat from the Pacific Regional CSO Forum in Suva Wednesday.
The issues raised by more than 40 CSO reps from over 10 countries in the Pacific region were discussed with a representative from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Non State Actors Programme during a session at the Pacific Regional CSO Forum at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
Facilitated by the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs, the forum includes CSO representatives from Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, PNG, Solomon Islands, Palau, RMI, FSM, Tuvalu and Kiribati.
PIANGO Executive Director Emele Duituturaga said she was glad that PIFs was willing to carry out the consultations during the Forum and allowed submissions to be made by their national liaison unit representatives in Suva.
“CSO’s must use spaces as such to discuss regional policies and its impact and highlight the links to their national and grassroots experiences,” Duituturaga said.
“Yesterday we were reminded by CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness CPDE) co-chair, Beverly Longid that if we are not rooted in our grassroots communities we have no business advocating for human rights.”
“It is a call to revisit why we do what we do as civil society organisations in the Pacific particularly in the work for sustainable development,” Duituturaga said.
“We are glad that the opportunity was given to our national liaison units to participate in this regional policy submission process and we acknowledge the PIFs for facilitating it at this Forum.”
“The consultation gave our NLUs the opportunity to engage, highlight and debate some of their issues and challenges and start the process of prioritising needs as something our regional leaders can consider,” Duituturaga said.
Duituturaga also acknowledged the important role of partnerships in civil society work particularly in advancing the Agenda 2030.
“Our partnership with the International Forum for National NGO Platforms in this regard has been crucial to the preparatory work on SDGs that we have done between 2016 -2017.”
The meeting which is supported by CPDE, International Forum for National NGO Platforms (IFP) and the European Union will end Wednesday
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