30 Aug 2018

Pacific NGOs prepare to meet with leaders in Nauru

7:43 am on 30 August 2018

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.

'Emeline Siale 'Ilolahia

PIANGO deputy director, Siale 'Ilolahia Photo: RNZ/Koro Vaka'uta

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.