About 20 representatives from several regional organisations (UNESCAP, Commonwealth Local Government Forum Pacific Project, SOPAC, ICUN, UNIFEM, UNDP Pacific Centre, the Pacific Parliamentary Assembly on Population and Development and the Forum Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference, PIANGO, University of the South Pacific and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and others) gathered at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus for
the second Pacific Governance Network Meeting, 1-2 December 2008 to:
a) learn the essential features of governance activities being undertaken by diverse agencies and institutions;
b) make connections; and,
c) help to clarify the Pacific Governance Network’s (PGN) agreed directions, methods of operation, and activity areas for the coming year.
Themes for the Network included review of governance networks, governing Pacific economies and finance, multilevel governance, democracy and the rule of law, perspectives from the civil society, peace and security, and development.
As it is, the PGN is the only regional Type II Network arising out of the World Summit on Sustainable Development now in its second year of existence.
Unanimous endorsement was received from participants for the Secretariat and USP to continue convening the PGN. To strengthen its effectiveness, the support of a low cost secretariat support, subject to funding will be essential. The secretariat support will help to manage the Pacific Islands Governance
Portal and Digital Library, manage links, schedule meeting dates, and compile Pacific Agreements, Development Plans, key official documents; and network
member work programmes.