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Our Planet. Our Struggles. Our Future.

“Our Planet. Our Struggles. Our Future.” This is the topic of the 2017 International Civil Society Week (ICSW), a global event that brings together civil society leaders and other stakeholders from all over the world.

The gathering, which will occur from the 4th to the 8th December in Suva, Fiji, is co-organized by CIVICUS and this year it will be hosted by the Pacific Island Association of NGOs (PIANGO), IFP member.

According to the organizers, we are currently living in a world that is constantly being threatened and where the spaces for civil society are shrinking. Nevertheless, there are still wide solidarity networks that continue to work together for a better planet. In this context, the ICSW is a great opportunity to discuss about key issues that affect us all.

This is the first time in twenty years that the ICSW will take place in the Pacific region. The idea of choosing this area of the world is strategic to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on small islands. Moreover, during this year the region will play an important role within the international agenda, notably in COP 23 and the UN’s Oceans Conference.

The debate through the ICSW 2017 events will turn around three main issues. The first one, which concerns the environment, will highlight the importance of respecting our planet and its biodiversity, of tackling climate change, and of implementing international compromises such as the Paris Climate Agreement or the Agenda 2030. The second one aims at discussing the global crisis of democracy and social justice. And the third one seeks to emphasize on the role of civil society to respond to the crisis we are facing and how to reinforce solidarity links across the different movements.

The ICSW is a great space to exchange between peers. Find out more about the event in the following link:

http://www.civicus.org/index.php/icsw-2017