PIANGO (Pacific Islands Association of NGOs) Executive Director, Emele Duituturaga who was in Kiribati earlier this week attended the Voluntary National Review (VNR) said that the multi-stakeholder consultation led the by the Kiribati government deserves support.
“Kiribati has already begun its preparations for the July High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in earnest and we were pleased to note government’s efforts to be inclusive of Kiribati’s civil society in its planning and preparations,” Duituturaga said.
Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) is a voluntary and part of follow-up and review mechanisms of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development led by member states conducted regularly and an inclusive manner at the national and sub-national levels.
VNRs aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges, and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Duituturaga said she was pleased to note that a VNR Task Force had been established and was confident that civil society would be represented in its composition.
One of the SDGs targets is the establishment of multistakeholder partnerships recognising the vast resources needed to foot the complex development challenges. Multistakeholder platforms for VNRs represents a sign of governments’ willingness to be transparent, accountable and inclusive in the process of SDG reviews.
Apart from supporting Kiribati CSOs to participate in the VNR reporting, the PIANGO mission visit to Kiribati this week was to provide direct capacity building support to PIANGO National Liaison Unit (NLU) member – Kiribati Association of NGOs (KANGO).
Duituturaga said the PIANGO team also met with other CSO leaders to encourage CSO coordination and collaboration across the sector. PIANGO seeks to continue to work with KANGO in the lead up to HLPF in July in New York.
“Our support to our members and partners for SDGs and policy influencing is made possible with the contribution of PIFs, European Union, Bread for the World and the International Forum for National NGO Platforms.”
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