Fiji is hosting the first ever International Civil Society Week to be held in the Pacific.
While officiating at the opening of the 14th International Civil Society Week at Novotel Lami, President Jioji Konrote says the meeting being hosted in Fiji is an important achievement for civil society organisations collectively across the Pacific.
Konrote says this is indicative of the recognition and high regard held for the Pacific region and its people by civil society organisations, development agencies and partners around the world.
He says the establishment of the Pacific Islands Development Forum with a vision of a united, distinctive and sustainable Pacific, was reflective of government’s commitment to engaging with the civil society in development effectiveness at the local, national and international levels.
Konrote also commended the role of a regional body such as the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs to bring such an international event to our shores.
The President says having this important meeting in the Pacific presents a significant opportunity for the Pacific civil society actors, organisations and development partners to engage and dialogue on a plethora of issues and pressing concerns that are unique to the Pacific region.
He says this is an avenue to exchange ideas and strategies with counterparts outside the region.
The theme of the week‑long meeting held at the University of the South Pacific is “Our Planet. Our Struggles. Our Future!”
Civil society representatives from 109 countries are taking part in the meeting.