International Civil Society Week 2017
Suva, Fiji, 4-8 December 2017
Our Planet. Our Struggles. Our Future.
INTERNATIONAL CIVIL SOCIETY WEEK 2017
Today we live in a world where there are multiple existential threats to our planet and our rights. However, there is also a growing feeling of solidarity among those committed to human rights and social justice, and a greater recognition than ever before that we must come together, organise and take action to build a more equal, just, sustainable and liveable world for everyone. In this context, CIVICUS and the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) have partnered to organise International Civil Society Week 2017 in Suva, Fiji, around the theme “Our Planet. Our Struggles. Our Future”.
International Civil Society Week (ICSW) is a key global gathering for civil society and other stakeholders to engage constructively in finding common solutions to global challenges. ICSW utilises a ‘partnered’ approach, in which multiple organisations pool their resources to convene a diverse international group of leaders in civil society issues. ICSW/2016 was a highly successful event that brought together over 800 delegates from more than 100 countries from 24-29 April 2016 for a week-long programme of 48 partner-led events, in addition to the CIVICUS Youth Assembly, CIVICUS World Assembly, ICSW/local events in ten countries across the globe, and numerous side events and networking and cultural activities.
Holding ICSW in Suva, Fiji, highlights the effects of climate change on small islands and provides an ideal forum for civil society to meet and discuss climate and social justice within the framework of Agenda 2030 and the Leave No-one Behind commitment central to its delivery. It affords delegates a unique opportunity to better understand the context of those on the frontlines of climate change, while also bridging local and regional efforts to key intergovernmental and multilateral engagements on climate change, including the UN Oceans Conference in New York and the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn (both co-hosted by Fiji). ICSW 2017 will be held at the University of the South Pacific, a leader on innovation for sustainable development of the Pacific Island Countries.
Given the environmental considerations of holding an international event in Suva, Fiji, organisers will make a contribution towards carbon-offsetting for each delegate in attendance. Additionally, organisers will apply a wide-range of planet friendly conferencing approaches – from locally sourcing food and materials, to ‘going paperless.’ Finally, more than 10 events branded as ICSW/local will take place under the banner of ICSW in diverse regions around the world in the months leading up to ICSW 2017 to broaden global representation and strengthen the voices of civil society from under-represented regions.
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