8th Micronesia Nonprofit Congress 2018
GUAM April 19, 2018:Participants were informed that it is important to formalise a mechanism for increased and inclusive engagement of Micronesian Civil Society Organisations with government in the monitoring and reporting of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and mainstream the 17 SDGs into government policies, plans and legislations. The comment was made by Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretary General, François Martel while delivering a keynote address at the 8th Micronesia Nonprofit Congress held in Tumon, Guam from 18-19 April.
During the Micronesia Congress, the PIDF Secretary General presented on an innovative approach for Pacific civil society’s engagement in sustainability development goals and commented that the construct of the PIDF and design of its Charter strongly align with Agenda 2030.
“Through this innovative and inclusive approach Civil Society can more than engage – it can be a key actor in decision-making, advice, planning and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, said the PIDF Secretary General.
Secretary General Martel presented on an innovative approach for Pacific civil society’s engagement in sustainability development goals and commented that the construct of the PIDF and design of its Charter strongly align with Agenda 2030.
“Using the PIDF National Sustainable Development Board structure, countries and their CSOs can also define their priority goals, and develop the SDG dashboards for effective design, monitoring and reporting of targets, indicators and investment in SDGs” commented the Secretary General.
His presentation also highlighted the strategic direction and various activities undertaken within the Pacific in terms of ocean action, climate and island resilience as well as how CSOs role in decision making is inclusive in the PIDF governance structure.
The Secretary General concluded by encouraging Micronesian CSOs to promote the membership of their countries to the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) to benefit from best practices and lessons learned from other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and build from the outcomes of the Island Resilience Initiative piloted in part in Micronesia.