The IFP Council was held in Marrakech on 19 and 20 November, in parallel with COP 22, in the presence of national platforms and regional coalitions. Objective: to validate the strategic orientations of the network for the next three years, 2017-2020.
The IFP Council elected by the members in March 2015 had already met in March and December 2015. This meeting follows the institutionalisation of the IFP in May 2016 through the creation, in France, of its own legal entity and the signing of a political and financial partnership with the European Commission until 2020 in order to respond to three major objectives:
(1) To strengthen the institutional, organisational and operational capacities of the IFP;
(2) To become an influential international player and a reference in the development of capacities and learning of NGOs at national and global level;
(3) To strengthen advocacy at national, regional and international levels, including the monitoring and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.
These objectives from the IFP 2016-2020 strategy have been discussed with the members of the network at the General Assembly in March 2015.
Upstream of the Council, the debates and findings of members at the international level provided a mixed picture. The decline of democracy in many countries, the catastrophic management of the migratory cause, the abused rights of indigenous and aboriginal peoples, the shrinking of the space of civil society…all of which justify the necessary reinforcement of the capacities of CSOs and the means by which their voices may be heard.
Over the course of two days, many issues emerged and allowed us to better understand the issues and set the necessary benchmarks to implement the IFP strategy in line with the needs and expectations of its members.
This council made it possible to discuss different subjects and to decide on the actions to be carried out: 2016/2017 budget, thematic committees, internal and external communication strategy, fundraising, membership capacity building, strategic partnerships, 2030 Agenda priorities and involvement of the IFP and its members in the “Action for Sustainable Development” campaign.
Finally, a workshop was held on 21 November in the presence of regional IFP coalitions to define the synergies between the IFP strategy and the regional strategies, with a view to the development of joint activities. The exchange enabled to discuss the issues of each member, the link between the IFP team and the coalitions and the key elements of the partnerships that will be developed over the next four years.
This workshop also provided an opportunity to discuss the strategy to be adopted so that coalitions could benefit from capacity building strengthening and play their role in the follow-up and implementation of the Agenda 2030, particularly the issues they regard as priorities at the regional level.
The discussions were rich and productive and enabled the IFP Secretariat to identify the main strategic goals that will guide the next actions of the network.