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Civil society organisations are a vibrant and essential feature in the democratic life of countries across the globe. CSOs collaborate with the full diversity of people and promote their rights. These principles guide the work and practices of civil society organisations in both peaceful and conflict situations, in different areas of work from grassroots to policy advocacy, and in a continuum from humanitarian emergencies to long-term development.

  1. Respect and promote human rights and social justice
    Develop and implement strategies, activites and practices that promote individual and collective human rights to development, with dignity, decent work, social justice and equity for all people.
  2. Embody gender equality and equity while promoting women and girls' rights
    Promote and practice development cooperation embodying gender equity, reflecting women's concerns and experience, while supporting women's efforts to realize their individual and collective rights, participating as fully empowered actors in the development process.
  3. Focus on people's empowerment, democratic ownership and participation
    Support the empowerment and inclusive participation of people to expand their democratic ownership over policies and development initiatives that affect their lives, with an emphasis on the poor and marginalised.
  4. Promote Environmental Sustainability
    Develop and implement priorities and approaches that promote environmental sustainability for present and future generations, including urgent responses to climate crises, with specific attention to the socio-economic, cultural and indigenous conditions for ecological integrity and justice.
  5. Practice transparency and accountability
    Demonstrate a sustained organisational commitment to transparency, multiple accountability, and integrity in their internal operations.
  6. Pursue equitable partnerships and solidarity
    Commit to transparent relationships with CSOs and other development actors, freely and as equals, based on shared development goals and values, mutual respect, trust, organisational autonomy, long-term accompaniment, solidarity and global citizenship.
  7. Create and share knowledge and commit to mutual learning
    Enhance the ways they learn from their experience, from other CSOs and development actors, integrating evidence from development practice and results, including the knowledge and wisdom of local and indigenous communities, strengthening innovation and their vision for the future they would like to see.
  8. Commit to realizing positive sustainable changes
    Collaborate to realize sustainable outcomes and impacts of their development actions, focusing on results and conditions for lasting change for people, with special emphasis on poor and marginalized populations, ensuring an eduring legacy for present and future generations.

The changing Pacific context

The Pacific Islands region has evolved from small Island tribal villages to nation states, It is home to just over 10 million Pacific Islanders who are custodians of the largest, resourceful and abundant oceans; pristine beautiful islands, resource rich with diverse cultures.

Modernisation and globalisation have brought development and opportunities to our shores but they have also exposed our vulnerability as small island developing states. They have threatened our family and community bonds and values, weakened our ability to live off the land and sea, and upset our harmony with the natural environment. It has become a region contested for its natural resources and strategic security location.

Pacific regionalism is at a cross roads. Civil society is leading a rethinking agenda to redefine our Pacific for our future generations - this is the focus of PIANGO's efforts in this plan.

The way we work

To carry out this Mission, PIANGO will:

  • Advocate for people-centered development - that at the core of development, must be quality of and respect for human life.
  • Promote CSO representation and participation and inclusive stakeholder engagement at all levels
  • Forge Global partnerships to support national initiatives and regional efforts
  • Prioritize support for and strengthening of PIANGO National Liaison Units
  • Apply and advocate a Communication for development approach
  • Select 'smart' funding partners and strategic alliances
  • Embrace innovative approaches of learning for transformation and the use of social media and technology
  • Nurture, develop and sustain Pacific Leadership
  • Engage and nurture Pacific expertise
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