PIANGO – The Pacific Islands Association of Non Governmental Organisations Secretariat is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as Regional Coordinator for the Pacific Region for the ‘Beyond 2015 Campaign’. This is a global civil society campaign, advocating for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals by the United Nations that would come to its completion by the end of next year.The Beyond 2015 Campaign will see that the post-2015 framework must tackle the structural causes of poverty and inequality by addressing peace and security, democratic governance, the rule of law, gender equity, and human rights for all.
PIANGO’s Executive Director, Emele Duituturaga, stated that the Secretariat advocated a year ago for the Pacific region to be included in this campaign which had benefited other regions but not the Pacific.
This is also the first time that the region has been endorsed on its own, detaching from the usual Asia Pacific allocation. As a result, a PIANGO staff member – Laisa Vereti is currently attending an orientation in Pretoria, South Africa for all regional coordinators and upon her return, PIANGO will disseminate information and setup a shared network of ideas to contribute Pacific views to the global campaign.
With a Discussion Paper on the post-2015 agenda on values and targets already in motion, PIANGO is optimistic that the days ahead will rapidly see a tangible and feasible framework take shape. The framework setup will be spearheaded by PIANGO and its NLUs at ground level in the priority countries of Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.It is a partnership between the International Forum of National Platforms (IFP), International Climate Action Network (ICAN) and Participate (based in Africa) as the regional focal point for the International Forum of National Platforms.
Ms Duituturaga added this is also testament to the effective function of PIANGO as a regional platform, enabling, networking, capacity building and supporting Pacific civil society organisations (CSOs) in their work in the Pacific. The Secretariat has also taken a progressive step towards evidence based policy advocacy that fosters effective and results based campaigns with its National Liaison Units (NLUs) and CSOs in the region, catapulting PIANGO as a credible and worthy development actor at summit level and this recent endorsement for the post-2015 campaign.
PIANGO is also pleased to announce the recent appointment of Joji Fatiaki as its Communications Coordinator. Mr Fatiaki comes into the civil society sector from working with Digicel in the private sector, and previous experiences with radio and television. Ms Duituturaga said “His appointment is a real asset and a boost not just for PIANGO but for the civil society sector as a whole with communications being a vital function for a regional organisation and network such as ours.” This will further enable us to communicate more effectively about the development challenges and issues affecting our countries and region and to assert the “Pacific We Want” in the discussions of the post 2015 development goals.