At the Council meeting of the International Forum of National NGOs Platforms (FIP), held on 10, 11 and 12 December 2015 in Paris, France, the 15 directors elected at the General Assembly in March 2015 in Tunisia gathered to decide the strategic plan of the organization with a view to 2020. At the meeting the mandates of the General Assembly held in Tunisia were implemented by establishing the IFP´s legal personality. Thus, a council, an executive committee of 5 members and an international, multicultural and decentralized secretariat have been established.
On 10, 11 and 12 December 2015 in Paris, France, the Council of 15 members of the International Forum of National NGOs Platforms (FIP), also decided its strategic plan for 2020, a discussion stemming from the last General Assembly held in Tunis in March 2015. In Tunis, a majority of the GA gave the mandate to the Secretariat to initiate the process to establish the IFP as an autonomous organization based in France, under the Associations’ law of 1901.
The Council in turn elected a 5-member Executive Committee that will be chaired by Miguel Santibanez, Accion- Chile and in will have Jaitli Harsh (VANI, India); Samad Sairally (MACOSS, Mauritius); Rilli Lappalainen (Finnish Platform, Finland)as Vice-Presidents, as well as Philippe Jahshan (Coordination SUD, France) as treasurer.
The headquarters of the secretariat of the FIP will stay in France, where proceedings will be conducted in order to become an autonomous organization in early 2016. In addition, the new statutes were adopted, the composition of the board was confirmed and was elected. The executive committee of the IFP will be renewed every two years and is eligible for a second term.
For the newly inaugurated President of the IFP, Miguel Santibanez, this has been a very important step for global civil society, calling it a “historic” step in the path of providing continued support to its members – as well as promoting their voices.
In this instance the goals sought since its birth in 2012, were reaffirmed, as is strengthening its institutional, organizational and operational structures – in order to turn the IFP into an influential international player and a reference for the development of the advocacy work that goes from the national to the regional and global.
During the meeting, the Council also discussed the implementation of the IFP’s Strategy 2016-2020 , which decided to strengthen the institutional, organizational and functional capacities, and create the legal structure of the IFP in France with a strengthened Secretariat based in Paris, but with decentralized staff, an Executive Committee within the Council, as well as the idea that the General Assembly should meet more often.
With this, the IFP seeks to become an influential player within the international processes – as well as a point of reference for capacity building and training for national NGOs worldwide, providing support to national and regional members with technical assistance, tools, information, experience-sharing and even financial resources when available.
In addition, strategic alliances will be made to create tools, op/eds for advocacy, monitoring reports and leadership development program.
The Council also discussed the work of national platforms, regional and FIP coalitions within the new development agenda called Agenda 2030. In this regard the IFP wishes to create a task force to guide the IFP on this issue, to map needs and interests of the members on Agenda 2030, building member’s capacity, and develop IFP’s visibility and ability to take political positions in a focused and fast manner.
Despite this, the IFP’s work will continue to produce concrete proposals for global action on the new Agenda, agreeing on a roadmap and a timetable to accelerate the pace and set a plan of action. In this contexts the IFP will also continue to participate in open and constructive dialogue with other civil society initiatives that seek to establish a set of actions for Agenda 2030, including Together2030 .
All this will become clearer in the International Week of Civil Society to be held in April, Bogotá, Colombia.