The Pacific sub-regional consultation on CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) kicked off in Nadi, Fiji with an address by Tony Tujan, IBON International Director and Asia Pacific Convener and Co-Chair of the Group of 13 (CPDE Steering Group) global civil society representatives developing a new architecture for a unified global CSO structure that is country focused and constituency based.
The 2 day meeting 8-9 November, is organised by the Pacific Islands Association of Non Governmental (PIANGO) who is the interim CPDE Pacific sub-regional focal point. The meeting is attended by 40 representatives from 11 countries – Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu; and representatives from regional organisations including Pacific Disability Forum, Pacific Conference of Churches, Pacific Foundation for Advancement of Women and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). A number of local organisations from Fiji are also participating including the Fiji National Council of Women (NCW), YWCA, and Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy (ECREA). The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre was also present at the two days meeting prior to the CPDE meeting which discussed broader issues affecting CSOs in the Pacific Islands.
In his opening address, Tony shared his reflections as CSO Sherpa at the Busan 4th High Level Forum negotiations and spoke of the outcomes of the Busan Agreement, the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation and the proposed CPDE. Many participants were excited and motivated after better understanding the significance of the Busan Agreement and its relevance to the Pacific.
The first day of the meeting has confirmed Emele Duituturaga, Executive Director of PIANGO as the Pacific sub-regional focal person to the CPDE Governing Council and PIANGO as the Pacific CPDE Secretariat. An alternate focal person is yet to be confirmed. All country representatives present agreed to be interim country focal persons to facilitate country consultations and country coordinating committees within 6 months from now. The Pacific Sub-regional coordinating committee will consist of 19 seats – 11 countries present, 7 sectors – Women; Disabilities; labour; Youth; Faith Based; Rural (Fisherfolk/farmers); and Craftspeople. The term of office would be 2 years. The Non State Actor Liaison Officer of PIFS was requested to provide technical support to this initiative.