Date: 6 September 2016
Pohnpei – Civil society leaders attending the Micronesia CSO Roundtable will today present the outcomes of their two day deliberations to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor.
Organised by the Pacific islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO), the meeting attracted over 50 participants from Nauru, Marshall Islands, Guam, Northern Marianas and Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap from the Federated States of Micronesia.
Also in attendance were civil society leaders from Australia, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.
“Judging by the robust discussions we held yesterday some of the issues we expect the meeting to highlight to the Secretary General is the need for attention and policy discussions on climate migration, West Papua, gender based violence, disabilities, youth development and the need for a vigorous form of regionalism that ensure Micronesia remains connected to Pacific development discussions,” said PIANGO’s Executive Director, Emele Duituturaga.
“These are issues that are of priority to our Micronesian civil society leaders because it is part and parcel of their contributions to national and regional growth,” she said.
The roundtable was officially opened yesterday by the FSM National Government Secretary of Health and Social Services, Hon. Magdalena A. Walter at the Governor’s Conference Room in Kolonia, Pohnpei.
Speaking at the event yesterday, Walter said CSOs play a very important role in the progress and success of a nation.
“Development is about expanding choices that people have to live their lives but the real wealth is the people and this is what civil society has expertise on,” Walter said.
PIANGO Micronesian Board representative, Sarah Thomas Nededog said the Northern Pacific was not well informed about the policy processes of PIFs.
“…so commencing last year, PIANGO decided to convene this policy dialogue space to help make the linkages between the regional policy discussions and local and national actors,” she said.
“This roundtable will help us understand these as platforms and use them for the benefit of the communities we represent. “
The CSO Roundtable was organised with support from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the European Union.
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