Conference 2022

Global strategies vs local realities: how can civil society bridge the gap?

When: 19-20 October 2022 and MFAT Hui (date tbc)

Where: Online via dedicated conference platform - with in-person session on day two (20 October)

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Every year CID holds a conference, supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade and other partner sponsors. The event brings together our 80+ member organisations, Pacific and global partners, business, government, and academic institutions.

This year's theme

Global crises like Covid and climate change, highlight our interconnectedness and the importance of global cooperation, but the nuance of local realities determines how successful response efforts are. How can we bridge the gap and truly embed locally-led practice and locally-informed strategies? What are the barriers and where are the opportunities?

This year’s CID Conference will pick up on last year’s theme around localisation and resilience and delve further into locally-led development in action. Through keynote speakers, panels, and workshop sessions, we will explore regional and global challenges, and interrogate how we ensure civil society voice is part of macro-conversations.

What's happening?

Draft details subject to change 

Day one: 19 October 

Day one will be all online via our dedicated virtual conference platform.

  • Two keynote speakers: Tonga Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Tourism, Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, and another Pacific government leader
  • Session delivered by the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (PIANGO) – A Civil Society Perspective on the ambition and priorities of the Pacific on the Blue Pacific Strategy from Emeline Siale Ilolahia, followed by a panel presenting Pacific case studies.
  • Breakout sessions on  localisation and civil society voice – challenges and opportunities.
  • Panel discussion with reflections from the day and looking at ‘How civil society can bridge the gap’. 

Day two: 20 October 

Day two will be all online starting at 11am, with an in-person option at the Banquet Hall at parliament from 3pm, followed by a conference dinner and drinks.

Note there are limited tickets for the in-person option. We have some options for people who have travelled to Wellington in the morning to watch the AM online keynotes together. Get in touch with Sarah King if you are interested in this.

  • 11am: Two keynote speakers (online): Climate change activist, Brianna Fruean, and another (beyond the Pacific) TBC.
  • 3pm: Māori and Pacific leaders panel (online & in-person): We will hear first-hand experiences from a panel of Māori and Pacific leaders who have been connecting throughout this year to explore collaboration and shared values. We will learn about their insights on the linkages between Te Ao Māori and Pacific values around development and localisation.
  • 5pm: Minister’s speech (TBC) (online & in-person).
  • Photo Competition and Collaboration Award winners announced (online & in-person).

Get involved

  • Propose a workshop to facilitate during the breakout sessions on day one. Contact Sarah King for further details and to apply. (Limited spaces)

  • Sponsor the conference. We would love your support! There are varying levels of sponsorship options. Get in touch with Elizabeth Young for more info.