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PIANGO Council Report 1995

Moorea, French Polynesia, 29 April - 3 May 1995

PIANGO Council Report

The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) held its regional Council between 29 April and 3 May 1995, in Moorea, French Polynesia. This was PIANGO's second Council meeting, following the founding conference held in Pago Pago, Amerika Samoa in 1991.

The Council brought together representatives of non-government organisations (NGOs) from 24 Pacific nations, together with invited guests and observers, to look at issues of environment, indigenous struggles, human rights, and social and economic development. The Council also focused on the variety of ways to allow communication and co-operation between Pacific peoples across the vast distances in the region. The 1995 PIANGO Council was hosted by Hiti Tau, the National Liason Unit of community based and non-government organisations in French Polynesia. The generous welcome and magnificent support of Hiti Tau and local community associations on the island of Moorea made the second PIANGO Council a significant event, with many positive results for Council participants and the regional organisation. There was widespread interest from the local Maohi community in this meeting of community activists from around the region, and observers attended from every archipelago of French Polynesia.

This report sets out the background to the Council, and summarises the key reports and presentations. It also includes summaries of working groups held by delgates to the Council, and gives details of resolutions adopted by the Council. (A separate volume contains full copies of all the reports an dkyenote speeches presented to the Council, statements issued from Council workshops, and other documents presented by Council participants).

Key developments at the Council

Key developments from the Council include:
  • an increased number of National Liaison Units have been established since the Pago Pago Council in 1991;
  • the inclusion of two new countries as members of the PIANGO network: Hawai'i and Rapanui (Easter Island).
  • The election of a new Co-ordinating committee, which includes NGO representatives from Tahiti, Aotearoa, Papau New Ginuea, Australia, Nauru, the Solomon Islands and Amerika Samoa.

A number of resolutions were adopted by the Council, reaffirming some existing programs, and suggesting new priorities for member countries and setting the agenda for the incoming PIANGO Co-ordinating Committee (Details of these decisions are set out below).

Out of the workshops and plenary discussions, and in informal consultations between sessions, there were a diversity of opinions about the emphasis to be taken by PIANGO as a regional body, and for its member bodies to take up. There were however many common strands of agreement, reflected in resolutions passed by the Council.

Priority areas for action

Discussion at the workshops highlighted key issues for further action by PIANGO Co-ordinating Committee and members:

  • PIANGO should continue to support the extension and strengthening of national NGO bodies within the region, with programs of training, project management skills, exchanges and information sharing.
  • PIANGO should take more aciton around the issue of indigenous rights and human rights and include the issue of indigenous rights more clearly in its Constitution.
  • PIANGO should strengthen its Secretariat and staffing, but also diversify the centres of activity by establishing working groups on key issues, and using key NGOs or regional bodies as focal points for campaign activities. Working groups on four campaign areas identified as priorities by the PIANGO member attending the Council:
    • Environment
    • Indegenous Rights
    • Social Development
    • Economic Issues
  • PIANGO should support information exchange and effective communication between its members, continue production of a regular newsletter to which PIANGO members should contribute, and produce a directory of NGO resources.
  • PIANGO should liaise with other regional NGO bodies and international organisations.
  • PIANGO should act as an advocate for its members at regional and international levels, on key issues, such as self-determination, nuclear testing, environment, human rights and indigenous rights.

1995 Council Activities

Delegates and observers arrived from around the region to Papeete, Tahiti (the capital of French Polynesia), then travelled by boat to the neighbouring island of Moorea. Delegates came from teh following countries: Papua New Guinea; Solomon Islands; Vanuatu; Fiji; Kanaky/New Caledonia; Australia; Aotearoa/New Zealand; Tuvalu; Kiribati; Tonga; Western Samoa; Amerika Samoa; Cook ISlands; French Polynesia; Wallis and Futuna; Rapanui (Easter Island); Hawai'i; Marshal Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; COmmonwelath of the Northern Marianas; Guam; Republic of Palau (A full list of delegates, observers, resource people and secretariat staff is listed at the end of the report).

Council participants were welcomed to the island by local community leaders, including local church Pastors and the Mayor of Moorea, Mr. Pierre Dehors.

The official opening of hte Council was held on the evening of Saturday April 29, wiht a cultural ceremony organised by Hiti Tau. Delegates were welcomed by the outgoing Chairperson of PIANGO, Abraham Baeanisia, and Hiti Tau Coordinator Gabriel Tetiarahi. The highlight of the evening was a cultural ceremony led by High Priest Taverio Vairaa, which included a Polynesian firewalk, where delegates and guests walked barefoot across burning stones.

Throughout the week, members of Hiti Tau presented a range of cultural performances in the evenings, and Hiti Tau groups established a number of stalls which presented examp0les of handicraft and art skills. The opportunity for informal sharing between local NGO members and the overseas visitors was one of the main achieivements of the gathering, and part of the work that PIANGO sets out to achieve.

On Sunday April 30, delegates and observers were hosted for meals with local parishes around the island. That afternoon, they met in session for the introduction of all country delegations, and the presentation of observers and resource people. The agenda was introduced and briefly explained. The Council was conducted in a number of languages, with simultaneous translation in English, French and Spanish.

On Sunday evening, all participants attended an ecumenical Church service in the parish of Afearaitu, Moorea. Sermons and readings were presented by a range of dignitaries, including Pierre Dehors, the Mayor of Moorea, and Jacques Ihorai, the President of the Evangelical Church of French Polynesia. The mayor thanked PIANGO and Hiti Tau for including the local council in the welcome to the delegates. The President of the Evnagelical Church thanked PIANGO for meeting to deliberate what they may do for Pacific communities. He declared that the church has an important role to speak out for people. The church must not be accused of being silent.

The sermons used the symbol of the 'double-hulled canoe', well known to Pacific peoples- to sress the need to work together for the benefit of Pacific communities. The church service closed with general introduction of delegates and local communities - PIANGO Chairperson Abraham Baeanisia thanked Hiti Tau and hte people of Moor4ea for their gracious show of hospitality that demonstrates the spirit of the Pacific.

From Monday 1 May to Wednesday 3 May, Council participants met in plenary and workshops for further working sessions.

Day one was largely given over to reporting of PIANGO activities following the first PIANGO Council in Pago Pago. There were presentations by the Co-ordinating Committee, working groups on environment, population and disaster preparedness training; and workshops with discussion amongst National Liaison Units (NLUs).

Monday evening saw a plenary session, with three speakers addressing 'The Pacific- the future?'- setting a vision for the future, and highlighting wasy in which non-government and community groups can contribute to people's development in the region. The three presentations - by Gabriel Tetiarahi (Hiti Tau, Tahiti); Peter Salamonsen (Social Justice Secretary, Pacific Conference of Churches, Fiji) and Madaleen Helmer (ECSIEP, the Netherlands) - are reproduced in the collection of papers from the conference.

Day two was dedicated to workshops and reportbacks on NLU activities, NLU priorities, and the identification of priority activities for PIANGO in the region.

Day three focussed on administrative and structural questions facing PIANGO for the future. The sessions included discussion and adoption of resolutions from the workshops, and the election of a new PIANGO President and Coordinating Committee.

Before leaving Moorea, Council participants had the opportunity to tour the island, and a farewell gathering was organised by Moorea community associations before departure for Tahiti.

Opening presentations at the Council

The first day of reports and discussion focussed on the work PIANGO has done following the first PIANGO Council in Pago Pago, Amerika Samoa in August 1991.

The session opened with a presentation by PIANGO Chairperson Abraham Baeanisia and members of the PIANGO Co-ordinating Committee. The report covered the activities of PIANGO and the Co-ordinating committee since the first council met three years ago.

The report highlighted key issues, achievements and problems facing PIANGO:

  • One important sucess over the last few years has been the creation of National Liaison Units (NLUs) in a number of countries. The first PIANGO Council agreed that membership of the regional body would be through national networks rather than individual non-government organisations.

    A key task has been, and remains, to support the creation and strenghtening of national structures whcih can allow co-ordination and co-operation between a broadly representative group of NGOs within each country. This has not been an easy process. Countries have been left free to form NLUs as and when they have been ready. But at the time of the PIANGO Council in 1991, there were three fully functioning NLUs represented at Pago Pago - now there are eleven, and a number of other countries moving to create representative national bodies.

  • A major focus has been the strengthening of the structures for regional co-ordination and administration, including the establishment of Secretariats, fundraising for regional programs, and the publication of the newsletter PIANGO Link.

    Co-ordinating Committee meetings have been held, on average, every eight months in different countries - allowing NLU members the chance to meet with Committee members and discuss regional programs and priorities.

    After the first Council a PIANGO Secretariat was established, located with the Chairperson at the offices of Development Services Exchange (DSE) in the Solomon Islands. The PIANGO Council acknowledged the work of the PIANGO Secretariat and the role of DSE. However due to a personal tragedy for the chairperson, increasing work for regional administration fell on the second office established in French Polynesia, with Hiti Tau. The committee noted the enormous difficulties of regional co-ordination, adn it became a theme of working sessions during the Council.

  • the PIANGO mission statement calls on the organisation to assist in giving Pacific peoples a voice on the regional and international stage. PIANGO has enabled Pacific NGOs to be represented at international meetings uch as the Rio Summit on Environment and Development, the International Conference on Population and Devleopment in Cairo, and the World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen. PIANGO representatives were also appointed to participate in regional meetings (eg. the Solomon Islands Red Cross represented PIANGO at a United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs (UNDHA) Disaster Training program in Western Samoa in 1994).
  • The Co-ordinating Committee has taken the opportunity of its Committee meetings to meet with a range of regional networks and organisations, including the South Pacific Regional Environmental Program (SPREP); United Nations Development Program (UNDP) offices in Apia, Suva and Port Moresby; the Pacific Conference of Churches; and the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (PCRC/NFIP).

    A significant ongoing issue remains how PIANGO can co-ordinate with other regional networks and organisations, to enable better coordination and active participation by Pacific NGOs in international fora, and avoid duplication of activities or programs. Representatives of regional networks such as the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC),Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (PCRC),Pacific Partnership for Human Development (PPHD),South Pacific Alliance for Family Health (SPAFH) and others were invited to the Council in Moorea, to allow dialogue on future co-operation.

  • The Co-ordinating Committee noted the regional program activities which had commenced, in the areas of environment, in population (with SPAFH) and isaster preparedness training (discussed below).
  • The Co-ordinating Committee reported on finances for regional activities. A number of development and donor organisations have contributed to building NGO and NLU capacity in the Pacific, or aided PIANGO program activity.

    Among the major agencies which have supported the development of PIANGO between 1991-5 are: the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); the Commonwealth Foundation; the Development Co-operation Division of New Zealands's Ministry for Foreaign Affairs and Trade; and the Australian International Development Assistance Burea (AIDAB) - now renamed the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

    Many other non-government agencies have contributed funds or in-kind support. Many NLUs have received support fo rthe PIANGO activities, and agencies have contributed to regional programs and administration: Bread for the World (Germany), ECSIEP (Holland), Evangelisches Missionwerk (Germany), World Council of Churches (WCC), ICCO (Holland), Overseas Service Bureau (Australia), Broederlijk Delen (Belgium), CCFD (France), the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA), Community Aid Abroad (Australia). Contributions in kind were acknowledged, from Development Services Exchange, Overseas Service Bureau, Hiti Tau, and the organisations to which the members of the Co-ordinating Committee belong.

    [Apologies were received from resource people and donor agencies unable to attend the Council: Mr. Lopeti Senituli and Ms Susannah Ounei Small, Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (Suva); Ms Amelia Rokotuivuna, World YWCA (Geneva); Mr. Kees de Ruiter, ICCO (Zeist); Ms. Ulla Felsenstein, Bread for the World (Germany); Mr. Don Clarke, Commonwealth Foundation (London); Ms. Lyn Peiper, AusAID (Canberra); Mr. Gordon Shroff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wellington); Ms. Lidia Miani, CCFD (Paris); Mr. Faysal Abdel Gaydir, UNFPA (Suva).]

    Raising funds for PIANGO has not been easy. Support for local initiatives, the strengthening of NLUs and other regional activities are costly and time consuming, and costs for communication, translation and transport are extremely high. PIANGO regional activities have been maintained over several years on extremely limited budghets. Many donors have generously funded PIANGO program activities and meetings, but few have been willing to assist with the enormous administration and recurrent costs that are involved in linking poulations across the Pacific region. There is a need for PIANGO to find funders and donors with the long term comitment to support NGO initiatives in the vast area of the Pacific.

    While self-reliance is the long-term objective, there is a need for immediate and ongoing resourcing, in terms of capacity building, training, information and financial support. This support can assist in building a solid base for NGO co-operation, in order to develop long term people to people and community to community links.

Reports on Program activities

Three presentations were made on project activities that had been undertaken regionally by PIANGO since 1991. These were in the areas of:

  • environment
  • population and social development
  • disaster preparedness training.
a) Environment

David Turbayne (ACFOA, Australia), a member of the PIANGO Environment Sub-COmmittee, gave a presentation on the work of PIANGO in Environment and Development.

He noted that PIANGO's activities have focussed on linking community and local issues to national, regional and international processes.

The Environment is a major focus for mos tof hte NLUs involved in the PIANGO network, and htere are numerous examples of important Pacific environment development issues, including forest exploitation in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, mining in Mataiva ()French Polynesia), Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and West Papua; and marine issues such as overfishing and lagoon pollution.

The environment sub-committee had developed a proposal on enviornment training and community awareness programs (discussed at an NGo meeting in Belau in 1994), and had participated in community awareness actions with NLUs (such as visits to French Polynesia to conduct workships with Hiti Tau groups on campaigns - in particular, phosphate mining in Mataiva and a campaign to save turtles).

Several important environment and development issues were identified at the Small Islands Developing States conference held in Barbados in May 1994. These included:

  • global warming, leading to sea level rise and small island inundation
  • dumping of toxic and hazardous wastes including nuclear waste
  • energy, and the need to focus on renewable energy
  • the impact of large scale tourism
  • fresh water
Mr Turbayne noted that there was not a separate chapter in the smaall island conference dealing with land rights and indigenous issues. In the disucssion that followed there was a strong emphasis on the necessity to link land rights and indigenous issues to any discussion of the environment, and that the list of issues must be considered in the context of Pacific people's determining their own future. Delegates noted the imposition of Western laws and economic models, which had led to the valuing of profit over people and land rights.
b) Population and development

Dr Ram Narendra Duve, general secretary of th4e South Pacific Alliance for Family Health (SPAFH), presented a paper on Population and Development issues.

The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo provide a focus for regional organising on population issues. PIANGO, together with the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA) and the New Zealand Council for International Development (CID) co-hosted an NGO meeting in Nadi Fiji in 1994, as preparation for the Cairo conference. The Nadi meeting and the subsequent statement provided an important focus for Pacific NGO input to the global meeting, at UN preparatory meetings and in Cairo and led to the appointment of PIANGO Committee member Leaitaua Birdsall Alailima as the spokesperson for the Southern NGO Forum to the ICPD forum.

Ram Duve's paper summarised the role which SPAFH took on behalf of PINAGO in ensuring effective participation of NGO's inthe ICPD process. It outlines futuer activities of Pacific NGO's in the population and development area which SPAFH coordinates on behalf of PIANGO. It also identified the importance of information dissemination and a needs assessment to be undertaken.

The paper also made reference to future strategies to be put into place to implement the program of action developed at th ICPD. THis program of action should be used as a basis for an action plan for NGO's group at the regional level.

Finally it raised the significance of the work by SPAFH as the focal point of PIANGO in populaiton and development issues.

World Summit on Social Development (WSSD)

Koroseta Iona To'o (from the O Le Siosiomaga Society, Western Samoa) and Faa'aliga Coffin (from Amerika Samoa) presented a joint paper on their participation at the March 1995 World Summit for Social Development (WSSD) in Denmark. It was noted that many Pacific governments and NGOs did not attend. Poverty, unemployment and social disintegration were the major issues raised, but lobbying by environmental groups and others led to a more balanced document covering a spectrum of issues (see the appendix for hte Delcaration and action plan).

The presentation raised alternative strategies that Pacific NGOs can take: strengthening the capabilities of NGOs at local levels; encouraging the development of national NGO structures; promoting regional coordination on NGO activities.

Indigenous people's knowledge and intellectual property rights (IPR)

Rather than separating development, environment and social issues, Council presenters noted the connection between these issues, and stressed the important role that indigenous people in the Pacific play in presenting alternatives.

Koreset Iona To'o presented for endoresment the statement on Intellectual Property Rights developed by the April 1995 meeting on IPR which was coordinated by the Nuclear Free Independent Pacific/Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (NFIP/PCRC) based in Suva, Fiji. The issues set out in the statemetn are complemented by an action plan which includes:

  1. Establishing a treaty declaring the Pacific a lifeforms patent-free zone
  2. Call for a moratorium on bio-prospecting
  3. Public awareness
  4. Urgent need for identifying extent of expropriation activities
  5. Urge governments to refuse signing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and encourage those that have signed to protest propvisions which facilitate expropriation
e) Disaster preparedness trianing for Pacific NGOs

Project manager Robert Mister and consultant Suliana Siwatibau made a presentation on the Pacific Disaster Preparedness Training Project (a project funded by AusiAid and implemented by PIANGO, Overseas Service Bureau and the Australian Red Cross).

The original intention of the project was to focus on natural disasters but this has changed to include man-made disasters too. The occurence of both kinds of disasters on communities in this region is amongst the most frequent in the world. The proportions of communities affected amongst the highest. THe report highlighted the need to integrate the concept of disaster preparedness in development activities: for example a focus on poverty and environment can be linked to disaster preparedness. The project recognised the importance of community awareness to enable local communities to identify need, problems and identify solutions. NGO's can facilitate this process, and the project goal is to improve the capacities of NGOs who help communities at the local level deal with disasters.

It is working in phases dividing the Pacific into four sub-regions - Melanesia, Central Pacific, East Polynesia, North Pacific. Some territories in the Pacific are not covered by the funding for the original project, but the project managers are seeking ways of linking project activities to other NGOS that have expressed interest in participation (eg. in Amerika Samoa and French Polynesia). The activities include:

  1. Assessment of NGo capabilities and needs for each country;
  2. Training - through workshops

Workshops have been conducted in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, with preparations underway in other countries (Tonga, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu). In these countries, NGOs have strongly linked disaster preparedness with development issues.

Constitution, Elections and Membership

The PIANGO Co-ordinating Committee made a presentation to the Council at the start of proceedings, setting out the structure and program of the Council, and its recommendation concerning procedures, speaking rights and voting. A proposal from the Committee to Council was moved and adopted:

The PIANGO Co-ordinati8ng Committee recommends:

  1. All country delegates present at the Council should receive speaking and voting rights.
  2. One country, one vote for elections.
  3. As delegations from Hawai'i and Rapanui are present for the first time, the Committee recommends that they should be allowed to partipate and vote.
  4. As some countries are represented by formal National Liaison Units and some countries do not yet have a formal NLU, the Committee recommends that all Country delegations can particpate equally in this Council. All countries are urged to form a National Liaison Unit on the principles elaborated at Pago Pago as soon as possible, and by the next Council.
  5. Current Co-ordinating Committee members are elibible to stand again fro re-election, to allow some continuity, but membership of the Co-ordinating Committee will be limited to two consecutive terms.
  6. Those eligble for nomination to the Co-ordinating Committee are current Committee members, and member of NGOs affiliated to PIANGO members. Candidates for election to the Committee must be nominated by a country delegation present at the Council. All nominations must be submitted to the Returning officer by the night before the elections.

The Council voted unanimously to accept Hawai'i and Rapa Nui (Easter Island) as new member countries and welcomed the country delegations to the Council.

Co-ordinating Committee elections

Under the PIANGO Constitution, the PIANGO Council sets policy and program directions for the organisation, but a Co-ordinating Committee is elected at the Council to implement Council policy between the regional gatherings.

An independent committee was appointed by the Council as returning officers to conduct the elections for PIANGO Charipersona dn PIANGO Co-ordinating Committee: Dr. Ram Duve (Tonga); Ms. Ake Lewis (Cook Islands); and Mr Robert Mister (Australia).

Nominations were called for the person of PIANGO Chairperson, and for members of the PIANGO Co-ordinating Committee, ballots prepared and the elections conducted on Wednesday May 3. Three people were nominated for the position of Chairperson, and nineteen for membership of the Co-ordinating Committee. The following were elected as the new Committee:

Mr Gabriel Tetiarahi Chairperson, Tahiti
Ms Hana Tukukino Aotearoa
Leiataua Birdsall Alailima Amerika Samoa
Mr Kenae Ka'au Papua New Guinea
Mr Abraham Baeanisia Solomon Islands
Mr Bill Armstrong Australia
Ms Maggie Jacob Nauru

The new PIANGO Chairperson, Gabriel Tetiarahi, thanked his predecessor and the outgoing members of the Co-ordinating Committee for their work and enormous contribution to the strengthening of PIANGO.

Workshops on activities and PIANGO priorities

On the afternoon of Monday 1 May, and Tuesday 2 May, delegates and observers divided into workshop groups.

The first workshop on Monday allowed NLU representatives to report on their activities within their country, and to highlight areas of activity and concern for their NGO members, and within theri country.

On Tuesday morning, delegates and observers met again in workshops. The whole morning was spent in session identifying issues of importance to PIANGO members, and prioritising them as suggestions for future campaigns and initiatives by the regional body and its national members.

A brainstrom on issues within each country delegation was followed by group discussions in nine separate workshops (six in English; one in English/Spanish; and two in French).

The workshops reported back to a plenary discussion, and outlined a wide range of concerns and issues. Resource person Suiliana Siwatibau helped synthesise these workshop reports, and common strands of activity or interest were identified.

The priority issues and directions for PIANGO gathered during the mornings workshops and plenary were then discussed by five groups in the afternoon. Four of these groups looked at the key issues that were identified: the environment; indigenous rights; social development; economic issues. The fifth group took up the issue of PIANGO's structure, administration, organisation and major activities. Each of these groups then produced a report with recommendations and resolutions, which were submitted to a full plenary of the Council the following day.

A full set of the final resolutions are set out below, but key issues raised by the workshops for action included:

Indigenous Rights and Human Rights

  • Universal Human Rights in French Polynesia, Kanaky, Wallis & Futuna
  • Indigenous Rights, including Indigenous Courts (elections)
  • Land rights, Sea rights
  • Constitutional Rights (Self Determination)
  • Decolonisation and Self Determination
  • United Nations COmmittee of 24 (and the relisting of non-self governing territories)
  • Rights to water and natural resources
  • Demilitarisation
  • Technical Training (life skills)

The Economy

  • Global Economy
    • Impact on Pacific Economies and local communities
    • Awareness Raising Programs needed
    • Need to develop awareness of the policies and actions of Gloabla Financial Institutions, and their effects on every day life of people
  • Unemployment
    • Code of Ethics for Multinationals and Banking Institutoins (eg. on the use of migrant labour)
  • Employment Creation
  • Minimum wage setting
  • Appropriate Economic Development
  • Developing Sustainable Economies
  • GATT, and its effects on small Pacific economies and trade relations

The Environment

  • Logging and Deforestation
  • Mining
  • Marine resources
  • Cease Nuclear Tests in the Pacific/Definitive Halt Internationally
  • Nuclear free Pacific
  • Denuclearisation - Compensation to those affected
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Dumping of Toxic and Nuclear wastes
  • Climate change - sea level rise
  • Code of Ethics on Environment
  • Overdevelopment of limited resources
  • Water diversion

Social Development

  • Population/Migration/Immigration (including labour)
  • Integral Human and Sustainable Development
  • Consumerism
  • Family Violence
  • Government Corruption
  • Gender Issues
  • Adult Literacy
  • Water, Health, Sanitation, Housing
  • Multi-culturalism
  • Urban Youth
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Cultural Integrity
  • Community Development Programs
  • Social Development
  • Human Genome Project

Resolutions from the second PIANGO Council 1995

  1. PIANGO Constitution and Bylaws

    That Council adopt the draft PIANGO Constitution, and ask the incoming Co-ordinating Committee to establish a working group to review the Constitution and draft bylaws for PIANGO, taking account of resolutions and suggestions from this Council meeting.

    Further, that the revised Constitution and bylaws be circulated to members at least six months before the next Council meeting.

    Moved: PIANGO Co-ordinating Committee
    Seconded: Amerika Samoa

  2. Resolutions on Secretariat and Administration

    The Council Acknowledged how much work was required to be done by the Secretariat, and noted the work of DSE in the Solomon Islands. The Council noted the 1991 Council decision to appoint a regional co-ordinator, and noted the request of the working group that a permanent secretariat be established. After discussion, it was proposed:

    1. That the Co-ordinating Committee be given the full responsibility to appoint a Regional Co-ordinator and the necessary support staff.
    2. That the Co-ordinating Committee continue to delegate activities and duties to PIANGO members and NGOs wherever appropriate (eg. publications, research etc.)
    3. That the following duties remain with the Secretariat
      • finance, budgeting and accounting for the work program
      • Communications and correrpondence
      • Preparation for the Council meeting
      • and other duties as stipulated by the Co-ordinating Committee.

    Moved: Australia
    Seconded: Amerika Samoa
    PASSED ``

    1. That administration costs are built into the budgets of all PIANGO regional programs (15-20%)
    2. That PIANGO members pay an annual fee to PIANGO to assist with PIANGO administration/secretariat costs (US$100 was suggested by Amerika Samoa);
    3. That the Co-ordinating Committee and the PIANGO members actively and vigorously seek out funds to cover administration costs for the PIANGO secretariat;
    4. That the members of PIANGO and the Co-ordinating Committee stress to funding bodies that they need to fund PIANGO Secretariat activities as a whole, and not just regional programs;

    Moved: Guam
    Seconded: Australia

    1. That this Council give authority to the Co-ordinating Committee to have flexibility in considering where the Secretariat is to be located (keeping in mind the spirit of the first Council which was that the Secretariat be in the country of the elected Chairperson), and that the same understanding was expressed regarding the placement of administrative functions (again taking account of the wishes of the Council that the major functions be kept as close as possible to the Chairperson).
    2. That the Council, in support of the effective and efficient running of the Secretariat, recommends that each delegate make a regular personal contribution for a period of six months.
    3. That the financial situation then be reviewed by the Co-ordinating Committee

    Moved: Australia
    Seconded: Papua New Guinea

  3. Establishment of PIANGO Working Groups
    1. That the Co-ordinating Committee establish working groups on the issues of:
      • Indigenous people's rights
      • Economic Issues
      • The Environment
      • Social Development
    2. That each group have at least three members, with the power to co-opt special expertise in the area in consultation with the Co-ordinating Committee;
    3. That the Co-ordinating Committee appoint one member to liase with each working group, and the working groups be required to report to each PIANGO Co-ordinating Committee meeting;
    4. That the working groups keep PIANGO members informed of their activities on a regular basis.

    Moved: Aotearoa
    Seconded Western Samoa

  4. Resolutions on Indigenous Rights
    1. That PIANGO form a regional liason unit that will specifically address indigenous peoples rights and human rights issues, and that this Regional Liaison Unit have the same rights as the National Liason Units


    2. That the working group on indigenous rights include in its membership representatives from Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia


    3. That the working group on indigenous rights work to convene a Pacific conference on indigenous rights in 1996 sponsored by PIANGO, YPC, ECSIEP, and other contributors.


    4. That, resources being available, a part time person be hired and placed in PIANGO's Secretariat to gather, collate, and disseminate information related to the work of the indigenous rights working group


    5. That this Council endorse the statement on Intellectual Property Rights adopted by the PCRC Conference in Suva, Fiji


  5. Resolutions from the Social Issues Workshop
    1. PIANGO endorses the report of the South Pacific Alliance for Family Health (SPAFH) as its policy guidelines for population activites and urges its to implement recommended strategies for development and implementation of appropriate programs through and with PIANGO members.
    2. PIANGO confirms the decision of the Co-ordinating Committee to appoint SPAFH as its focal point for population activities
    3. This PIANGO Council endorses the concept of appointing key regional/national NGOs as focal points for specialised activities on behalf of PIANGO.
    4. The Co-ordinating Committee should draw up a list of key resources and agencies (directory of resources) in the Pacific to facilitate the process of information dissemination to PIANGO members and NGOs
    5. That this Council endorse the statement on Intellectual Property Rights adopted by the PCRC Conference in Suva, Fiji

    Statement on Chemical Weapons Disposal in the Pacific

    PIANGO Statement for Action on Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples' Rights


    Not included in on-line version

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