NEWS: Uganda National NGO Forum Elected AGNA Chair 2016/2017

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At the Annual General Meeting of Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA) held between 25th and 29thApril 2016, UNNGOF was elected Chair of the Committee that will strategically steer the membership in realizing the AGNA agenda. This was at the 2016 International Civil Society Week (ICSW) held in Bogota, Colombia.

The Civil Society Organizations sector world over continues to grow in leaps and bounds. This is attributed to the growing number of development challenges that have perpetually overwhelmed states, characterized as being present but yet absent in terms of the public value they provide. This growth calls for the need for spaces where CSOs regularly interface to share, learn and celebrate their achievements. Most importantly these spaces provide an opportunity for collective appreciation and understanding of the challenges that affect the existence, operations and ultimately the relevance of citizen organizations in providing solutions to their citizens.

The International Civil Society Week (ICSW) is an annual CSO global convention that is organized by CIVICUS for CSOs in their diversity around the globe to meet, network and most importantly reflect on key topical issues. This year’s ICSW was held in partnership with the National Directive Council of the Colombian Confederation of NGOs. Over 700 NGOs participated, with Key reflections on how citizen spaces can be reclaimed to take charge of the change they desire. In light of the new global development framework, the Sustainable Development Goals, a participant noted that, “We will not achieve sustainable Development unless we have a civic space for citizens to actively engage.”

A key highlight from the ICSW was the Annual General Meeting of the Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA), a membership platform for National Associations within CIVICUS. A new steering committee of 11 representatives was elected from the 5 continents; Europe, America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

The Uganda National NGO Forum was re-elected to represent the African continent together with Nigeria on the Steering Committee. UNNGOF was endorsed to chair the committee. The Assembly approved the new five year project that will work to strengthen capacities of National Associations to enable them effectively mobilize CSOs and roll out key programs including; the Civic space Monitor, Civic Pulse and the Innovations hubs that seek to test out cost effective mechanisms of civic engagements within an enabling environment.

AGNA membership will also be instrumental in monitoring and engaging with states on their commitments in delivering Agenda 2030. Ultimately, with a united and coordinated CSO sector globally, there is hope that a more just and sustainable world will be realized.

Source: Uganda National NGO forum

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