Description/achievement of initiative
This innovative project brings together a wide range of national, regional and global women and youth led CSOs and networks, along with representatives from National Women's Machineries (NWMs), other relevant Government ministries and departments, and High level State representatives from NY Missions and Capitals, along with key regional development institutions to discuss, strategize and agree on short-term, medium and long-term priorities and political partnerships to advance transformative gender, climate change and DRR positions into the global sustainable development and CC agendas.
The inaugural meeting has been held very successfully from 9-13 June, 2014, in Nadi Fiji, with participants from 12 Pacific countries.The historic week-long ( 5 day) meeting included a High Level Meeting on 13 June 2014, chaired by the Honourable Charmaine Scotty, Minister for Home Affairs, Education, Youth, and Land Management, Nauru. The meeting included strong trans-generational and cross-issues representation from diverse women, youth, disability and other human rights advocates/leaders including from the Pacific Youth Council represented by many national youth council members, DIVA for Equality, Pacific Young Women's Leadership Alliance, 350.org, the Pacific SIDS Network, Pacific Disability Forum, the ILO, PACNEWS, ISACI and IPEN, and others. Pacific attendees were joined by a highly skilled and supportive team of regional and global allies from many organisations including UNWomen, FWRM, Punanga Tauturu Inc, DAWN, GIZ, WECF, Women's Major Group, GCCA, Heinrich Boll Foundation, Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, Global Fund for Women, and many others.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
The entire project is predicated on the idea of shared learning, capacities and technology transfer among civil society, regional institutions and governments in the Pacific. It has been set up in this spirit, developed through the donated time and energy of a wide range of partners including those outside the Pacific region, while driven very firmly by Pacific civil society and governments. Over time, it could certainly have a wider SIDs-SIDS dimension if there is interest and resources. There is an opportunity through DHF for additional shared learning in a cross-regional dialogue on the Post2015 Development agenda, including with MENA, LAC, Asia Pacific and Africa regions, so these are currently being explored. Two of the most clear requests coming out of the initial meeting from both civil society and government representatives was for increased capacity on working together more strongly and effectively into upcoming intergovernmental negotiation spaces including CSW, UNFCC, Post2015DA, etc. Also calls for specific work on Pacific women-led and youth-led initiatives on various key aspects of gender, climate change and sustainable development work, and more. Please see the outcome documents for more information.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
There is a Co-convenors team, and the project is jointly implemented by representatives of the three groups. Over time this will be enlarged and strengthened with specific project funding and small secretariat to take the work forward for two initial years. All decisions on the development of the initiative, concept note, the participant list, resource facilitation decisions, and collaborative aspect between all partners was a long and joint process over months. The team worked hard throughout to ensure transparency and good governance in all issues, including finance. There is an MOU that guides the entire financing structure of the project. Likewise, outcome documents coming out of the meeting were participatively developed, and adopted through a long process in the main room with representatives form governments and civil society, through means of consensus. This will continue to be the methodology of choice for development, implementation of all activities. We also have a rigorous evaluation process, including an onsite M&E form feeding into a full report that will be made available to co-convenors and partners, a shortened version made available to all participants, and an advocacy strategies focused document that will publicly share some of the lessons learnt, for wider public use.There is a closed list-serve google-group now in operation which will become the initial gathering space of the initiative, and will be the place to take forward decision-making by the participants, on next steps, governance and decision making issues, M&E, etc.
Co-convenors: Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, Pacific Youth Council, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Partners include: The Women's Major Group on Sustainable Development, Fiji Women's Rights Movement, DAWN, WECF, UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office, Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, Global Fund for Women, and Heinrich Boell Foundation with many more providing expertise and financial resources.