International Forum of National NGO Platform (IFP)
IFP EXTERNAL NEWSLETTER Nº 12 - MARCH 2017

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WELCOME!

::HIGHLIGHTS
Written by Miguel Santibañez, IFP Chair
It is our pleasure to announce that the legal entity of the IFP, located in Paris, was established on January 1st. The executive team is expanding by recruiting 3 new employees, based in different countries, to build a multicultural and international team in response to requests from its members.

With its legal entity, the IFP strengthens its support to its members, as well as national platforms of NGOs and regional coalitions, giving them a voice in international negotiations. The IFP's efforts complement other networks and facilitate a dialogue between its members and other key players in the development process, thus promoting cooperation and the creation of regional/international coalitions.
 
"Our ambition is to become an essential and legitimate network for the interests of the NGOs and Civil Society actors, in the broadest sense, both in the North and in the South. We are counting on your involvement to create together a more just and sustainable world for all!"
Read the press release
Enjoy the reading! 
 

:: NEWS OF THE MEMBERS 

PACIFIC

PIANGO'S new strategic Plan: Reshaping the Pacific for Future Generations

The 8th Council meeting of the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) approved last November the organisation’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020.  With the overarching theme “Reshaping the Pacific for our future generations”, the new strategic plan focuses on five primary thematic areas namely, strengthening Civil Society Organisations (CSO) platforms in the Pacific; development effectiveness; evidence-based policy advocacy; Pacific developmental leadership and CSO capacity strengthening. Read more.

LATIN AMERICA

Colombia: The role of CSOs in territories for sustainable peace

In the month of December, the government of Colombia and the armed group of the FARC-EP signed the "Final Peace Agreement", ending the Colombian conflict with this group. Another process is expected with the ELN insurgent group in the coming months. In this new scenario, according to the Colombian Platform of NGOs, CCONG, the Colombian nation as a whole has the responsibility of participation, promotion, and contribution to construction, management, monitoring, and social control for the purpose of effectively transitioning towards peace and sustainable development. Read the press release. 
 
AFRICA

REPAOC's initiative after the Gambian presidential election

Following the political crisis in Gambia caused by the outgoing president's confiscation of power, the country was calmed by the return of the newly elected president, who formed his own government. Last December, REPAOC, the Network of West and Central African NGO National Platforms, and the 14 platforms that it represents, following the tense situation of this election, launched a campaign for the adoption of a "Memorandum of Understanding on the Limitation of Presidential Mandates in West Africa". Read the press release.

 

:: WHAT'S UP

2015 CSO Sustainability Index for Asia - A report on the strength and viability of civil society sectors in 7 Asian countries.

USAID has published its 2015 Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Sustainability Index for Asia. It reports on the strength and viability of the CSO sectors in seven countries in Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. 

Two Asian Development Alliance(ADA) and IFP members, CODE-NGO in the Philippines and CCC in Cambodia, prepared the reports in their respective countries. Read more.

 

InterAction members respond to Trump executive order on refugees

On Friday, January 27, USA President Donald J. Trump signed a controversial executive order on immigration ("Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States") regarding the admission to the United States of refugees and the entry of citizens from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia. 
On January 29th, a federal judge in New York blocked part of President Donald Trump's order, ruling that authorities could not remove individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries who had arrived in US airports after the order had been issued. The White House, however, maintained that the ruling does not undercut the executive order. Read more.
 

:: GOOD TO SHARE ! 

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center: cultivating civil society tough Leaders 

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center provides civil society practitioners space and time to nurture ideas, advance thinking, and catalyze action that ultimately strengthens the well-being of humanity. The Residency Program offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies. Read more.
 

:: AGENDA 2030

A4SD, a global initiative from Civil Society to create a more just and sustainable world

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change are opportunities to move towards a transformation. If these commitments are met, we have a chance of saving the planet and delivering just outcomes for all people. But this responsibility of us all, not just those we put into political office.  Civil society is a crucial actor in these agendas.  It has a key role to play in keeping the spotlight on these commitments, working on implementation, monitoring and holding leaders to account for the promises they have made. This the objectif of Action for Sustainable Development(A4SD), a broad civil society coalition, co- created by the IFP. Read more.
Become a member of A4SD HERE !

:: INTERVIEW OF CIVIL SOCIETY ACTIVIST

Joey Tau from Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) was interviewed in his role as extractive industry campaigner. 
The Pacific Network on Globalisation's campaigns officer says not enough is known about the potential effects of seabed mining and is calling for a halt to mining exploration to allow the science to catch up. PANG is a partner of PIANGO and both are members of the Pacific Regional Non-Governmental Organisations (PRNGOs)Read more.


:: EVENTS

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 
March 1/3rd – SDG Action Campaign - Global Festival of Ideas for sustainable development (Bonn, Germany) - http://globalfestivalofideas.org/
March 7/10th - UN Inter Agency Expert Group Meeting on SDG Indicators (TBD)
March 13/24th - 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (New York, United States)
May 22/25th - ECOSOC Finance for Development Follow-up Conference (New York, United States)
May 16/26th - UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Intersessional     (Bonn, Germany)
May 26/27th - Group of 7 (G7) Meeting (Sicily, Italy)
July 7/8th - G20 summit, Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany)
July 10/19th - UN High Level Political Forum Theme: Eradicating Poverty and increasing prosperity Focus on Goals: 1-3, 5, 9, 14    New York, United States
29 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017 ESCAP: Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)  Bangkok, Thailand
25 April 2017 - Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region, Geneva
26 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017 - ECLAC: Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development (LAC RFSD) Mexico City, Mexico
16 May 2017 - 19 May 2017 - ECA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD)

REGIONAL EVENTS
March 22/25th - EU Policy Forum on Development (Brussels, Belgium)
March 29/31th - UNESCAP Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (Bangkok, Thailand)
April 25th -UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (Geneva, Switzerland)
April 26/28 - ECLAC Regional Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development,  Mexico City, Mexico
May 16/19 th - UNECA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
 

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