International Civil Society Week, 2017

International Civil Society Week (ICSW) is a key global gathering for civil society and other stakeholders to engage constructively in finding common solutions to global challenges. For the first time in more than 20 years of international convening, CIVICUS in partnership with the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) will hold its flagship event in the Pacific region.
Holding ICSW 2017 in the Pacific provides an ideal forum for civil society to meet and discuss climate and social justice. This year the Pacific will feature prominently in several key intergovernmental initiatives, including COP 23, the UN’s Oceans Conference and the UN international year of sustainable tourism for development. We hope that convening civil society leaders in the Pacific will help us reflect on these and other key issues outlined in our programme tracks:
OUR PLANET: Our planet and its bio-diversity are under threat, and it is often excluded people that face the most severe and unjust consequences. Events in this track will explore how innovation and good practice are vital to realising environmental sustainability, the Paris Climate Agreement and Agenda 2030.
OUR STRUGGLES: A global crisis of democracy and a clampdown on people’s rights are affecting the progress of our social justice struggles. Events in this track will explore trends in civic space and political participation.
OUR FUTURE: Civil society is organising and responding to the crises facing us in powerful new ways to create the future we want. Events in this track will consider how we can support the next generation of leaders and build solidarity across diverse movements, mobilisations and initiatives.


Dame Meg Taylor

Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum | Papua New Guinea Dame Meg Taylor is a national…

Dave Archambault

Chairman of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe | United States of America Chairman Archambault emerged as…

Dr Kumi Naidoo

Founding Director, Africans Rising; Executive Director, Greenpeace International (2009-2015) | South Africa Dr Kumi Naidoo…

Dr Nicole Bieske

Chair, International Board, Amnesty International | Australia Nicole Bieske is chairperson of Amnesty International’s International…

Gerda Verburg

Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, UN-Assistant Secretary General | As Coordinator of the Scaling…

H.E. José Ramos-Horta

President, Timor-Leste (2007-12); Recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace (1996) | Timor-Leste José Ramos-Horta…

Ingrid Srinath

Director, Centre for Social Impact & Philanthropy, Ashoka University | India Ingrid Srinath is the…

Jayathma Wickramanayake

UN Youth Envoy |  United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka…

Joanna Kerr

Executive Director, Greenpeace Canada | Canada Joanna Kerr joined Greenpeace Canada (GPC) as Executive Director…

Major General (Rt’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote

President, The Republic of Fiji | Fiji Jioji Konousi Konrote, better known as George Konrote,…

May Boeve

Executive Director, | United States In 2007, May Boeve and six other students teamed…

Miklos Marschall

Deputy Managing Director, Transparency International (2010-2016) | Hungary Mr. Marschall served as deputy managing director…

Rt Hon. Helen Clark

Prime Minister, New Zealand (1999-2008); Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (2009-2017) | New Zealand Helen…

Sebastian Vielmas

Membership and Mobilization Officer, International Council for Adult Education | Chile Sebastian is a Masters…

Vanessa Griffen

Campaigner, The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) | Vanessa Griffen was born in…

Yolanda Joab

Founder and executive director of Island PRIDE; One Young World Ambassador | Micronesia Yolanda Joab…


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