Continuing in my aim to make personal contact with PPSEAWA National organizations,Taina Woodward, International Secretary, and I went to Fiji in April. We were welcomed by Fiji National President Neomai Katonivualiku and Ravesi Johnston, PPSEAWA International 1st Vice President, who is also the Chairperson for the PPSEAWA 2013 International Conference, to be held in Fiji. We were able to inspect the Novotel Hotel, which is to be the main accommodation facility for the delegates, as well as two other hotels that are to be alternate accommodations.
PPSEAWA International for many years has had a permanent representative to ESCAP, presently Dr, Chaiskran Hiranpruk, who attends these sessions on regular basis. In addition, PPSEAWA Thailand is also actively participating in this UN entity which focuses on the Asia/Pacific region.
The CoNGO Board in December 2007 recognized the proposed establishment of what was then called the CoNGO Regional Committee for Asia, as called for by 20 member agencies in conformity with CoNGO Rules. After its initial meeting in 2009, the CoNGO Board first determined the following basic point: the region covered would be the entire geographic area of Asia, including the Asian Pacific. The body would therefore be named the CoNGO Regional Committee for Asia-Pacific (RCAP)
Consultation Day was the “kickoff’ for the CSW 56th Forum, entitled “Empowering Rural Women; t heir needs and struggles as well as their successes”. Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women, was the speaker.
The 25th International Triennial Conference marking the 85th Anniversary of PPSEAWA, hosted by PPSEAWA Fiji, was held at Novotel Hotel, Suva, Fiji and was attended by over 260 members from 14 PPSEAWA countries.
The Conference theme, Managing the Environment for a Sustainable And Peaceful World, was addressed by keynote speakers, Dr. Russell Howarth, Matadrevula Advisory Services, Mr.Taholo Kami, Oceania Regional Director for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Dr.Jiko Luveni, Fiji Minister for Women Affairs.
NGO Parallel Event - 56th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women
The fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from February 27 to March 9, 2012. On March 1st, PPSEAWA, along with the League of Women Voters of the United States, will co-sponsor a CSW side event, a panel discussion entitled “Girls' Safety in Homes, Community and Schools”. The panel discussion was organized by UNICEF's Working Group on Girls —Task Force to Prevent Violence Against Girls to cover best practices, intervention efforts and challenges in keeping girls safe.