PACCOM (Pacific CSO Organising Mechanism) The proposal and initiative for a Pacific-led civil society platform owned and driven by Pacific civil society organisations was a result of talks held to create new mechanisms that would better reflect the diversity of current civil society in the Pacific small island states.
Around 18 groups of CSOs, civil society networks and social movement groups informally started to coalesce in person and online, after the last meeting of the Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (AP RCEM) in Bangkok in May 2015. The meeting was attended by only 3 Pacific CSO representatives, from DIVA for Equality/DAWN, WWF Pacific and Civil Society Forum of Tonga, who expressed frustration at the continued lack of diverse, adequate and substantive representation of the Pacific in Pacific regional, and Asia and Pacific intergovernmental spaces.
The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) as the interim Secretariat to the Pacific CSO Organising Mechanism (PACCOM) convened the first Pacific Civil Society Organising Mechanism (PACCOM) Dialogue held from the 6-8th of February, 2017 in Suva, Fiji. The dialogue bought together 19 human rights and social justice activists and advocates from civil society, community groups and social movements from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.
Participants working in diverse areas of disability rights, health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, education, climate change, disaster risk and response, and environmental sustainability, gender equality and women’s human rights, ending sexual and gender based violence, including violence against women and girls, access to justice, trade, economic and financial justice, sexual orientation and gender identities and expressions, indigenous rights, self-determination and decolonization, sustainable livelihoods, labour rights, freedom of religion, refugees and migrants, youth, good governance, peace and security and other intersectionalities and inter-linkages discussed the realities of social organizing within Pacific Small Island States