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EU Partnership Forum 2018: a unique opportunity for IFP members to create synergies and share good practices (press release)

Press release

EU Partnership Forum 2018: a unique opportunity for IFP members to create synergies and share good practices

Brussels – June 28th - The European Commission has developed Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs) with civil society organisations and associations of local authorities across Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and Europe. FPAs cover a wide array of fields of intervention: anti-corruption, gender, accountability, human rights, political and social inclusion or economic empowerment, good and inclusive local governance and decentralised cooperation.

These Framework Partnership Agreements are a concrete expression of the commitment of the European Commission to support civil society organisations and associations of local authorities as actors of governance. The agreements encourage actors to contribute to policy-making at regional and global levels, especially in the formulation and monitoring of policies on the implementation and localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Partnership Forum 2018 held in Brussels on 25-26 June 2018 had three main objectives:
• Stimulate an open dialogue between the European Commission and the FPAs on how to further strengthen collaboration towards the implementation and localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the European Consensus on Development;
Enable networking and increase synergies between the FPAs and the European Commission;
• Offer a platform for FPAs to share information and good practices, particularly through the creation of a “marketplace” for FPAs to showcase and share their work with others.

This year, The International Forum for National NGO Platforms was represented at the EU Partnership Forum in Brussels by Emele Duituranga, Executive Director, Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) and Miguel Santibáñez, Chairman of International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP) and member of MESA, Bénédicte Hermelin, Director, Co-ordination Sud and Samad Sairally, Treasurer, Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS). The Director of IFP, Magda Elena Toma and its Advocacy Co-ordinator, Deirdre de Burca also represented IFP as panelists during different debates of the Forum.

IFP succeeded in sharing its ideas and it work with other participants present regarding the transformational potential of the 2030 Agenda, creating an enabling environment for civil society and tackling climate change.

Seamus Jeffreson, Director, European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development (CONCORD), and an IFP member, shared his experience on issues of transparency and accountability in addressing sexual exploitation.

“The EU partnership Forum is a unique opportunity to enhance collaboration with key stakeholders, learn from peer organisations and share good practices on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals”, said Miguel Santibañez, Chair of IFP.

Participation of IFP members in European Partnership Forum 2018:

June 25th
11:00 –13:00 – SESSION 1- 2030 AGENDA – IMPLEMENTING AND LOCALISING THE SDGs
Moderator: Deirdre de Burca, Advocacy Co-ordinator, International Forum of national NGO platforms (IFP)

14:00 –16:00 – SESSION 2 – REFINING THE PARTNERSHIPS
Panellist: Magda Elena TOMA, Director, International Forum of national NGO platforms
(IFP)

14:00 –16:00 – SESSION 3 – PUBLIC TRUST, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN ADDRESSING SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE CASES
Panellist: Seamus Jeffreson, Director, European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development (CONCORD)

June 26th
09:30 –11:00 - SESSION 1 - REALISING THE TRANSFORMATIONAL POTENTIAL OF THE 2030 AGENDA AND PROMOTING AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT
Panellists:
- Emele Duituranga, Executive Director, Pacific Islands Association of NGOs
(PIANGO)
- Miguel Santibáñez, Chairman, International Forum of National NGO Platforms
(IFP) and member of MESA Latino Americana

14:00 –15:30 – SESSION 4 – CLIMATE ACTION: Policy Coherence on the climate agenda
Panellist: Emele Duituranga, Executive Director, Pacific Islands Association of NGOs
(PIANGO)

See the full programme here: https://www.partnershipforum2018.eu/en/event/program

The Partnership Forum 2018 took place in Brussels, Belgium at:
MCE Conference and Business Center (June 25-26, 2018)
Rue de l’Aqueduc 118, 1050 Ixelles

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About IFP
IFP is a Global Network of 64 engaged national platforms and 6 regional coalitions which gather over 22 000 NGOs promoting transformative political, economic and social change to achieve a fair and sustainable world for all.
www.ifp-fip.org

For further information, please contact:
Magda Toma – toma@ifp-fip.org / + 33 634 78 05 04
Miguel Santibáñez – miguel.santibanez@accionag.cl / +569 6360 6317