Pacific NGOs prepare to meet with leaders in Nauru


Civil society groups from around the Pacific are gathering in Nauru for meetings ahead of next week’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ summit.

There will also be a dialogue with the leaders and a selected few from among the non-government groups.

For the fourth consecutive year the NGOs are being given a chance to put their views to the leaders.

The deputy director of the Pacific’s umbrella group for NGOs, Siale ‘Ilolahia, says the Forum-Civil Society Dialogue is recognition of the growing role of civil society in matters of policy and decision-making at the regional level.

She says it is to the credit of the Pacific Leaders that they have broken waves by moving the CSO challenge into the Forum agenda