Who we are

GPPAC Network in the Pacific (GPPAC Pacific) is a locally led civil society network bringing together peacebuilders and civil society peace and security experts from across the Pacific Islands.

They work towards enhancing a human security approach to security to assist in eliminating tensions and instabilities in the Pacific Region. Their work is focused on advocating for gender-inclusive conflict prevention and human security linked to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 16, and to enhancing civil society’s voice through inter-governmental and multilateral engagements.

The current GPPAC Pacific regional strategy (2021 – 2025) is guided by the GPPAC Strategic Plan and draws on the 2015 GPPAC Pacific recommendation that the network focus on Environment Security addressing the impact of climate change, including disasters and the subsequent successful lobbying by GPPAC Pacific through the 2015 Global Study on UNSCR1325 to have climate change included in UNSCR2242 (Women, Peace and Security). In 2022, network member the Pacific Conference of Churches advocated for the inclusion of the Peace and Security pillar in the Blue Pacific Strategy.

In 2016, GPPAC Pacific contributed to the establishment of the Shifting the Power Coalition (StPC). The Talitha Project (Tonga) represents the network in the Coalition’s steering committee as well as the Pacific Island Feminist Alliance for Climate Justice. This is demonstrating the commitment by Pacific Island women leaders and feminists to work across the Peace-Development-Humanitarian Nexus.

Climate Security through Climate Justice

“…the need to address violence, psychological impacts, maintain and sustain humanitarian response with dignified approaches, to sustain human security, Vanua sovereignty, rights to life and of ownerships, and the how of inclusive decision makings and good governance”
– Adivasu Levu, October 2020

Prevention of Gender Based Violence and Exclusion of Marginalized Groups

“For any process to be meaningful and inclusive, it is critical that we are intergenerational and intersectional in our approach to the way we do things. Young women, they are very diverse, and they come in with a wealth of information, knowledge and it is critical that they are part of this process”
– Veena Singh, June 2023

Pacific Women Mediators Network

“Pacific Island Women Peacebuilders are being recognized for their consistent advocacy and bringing attention to the reality of climate security within the WPS agenda, as reflected in UN Security Council Resolution 2242. Pacific women are also bringing attention to the way in which the WPS agenda must be applied to disaster management and humanitarian action”
– Dame Meg Taylor, June 2023

Political Self Determination

“We are continuing in the Pacific to fight for decolonization on many areas beyond just political decolonization. Self-determination for us is also economic. It’s ecological, it’s educational, and it is ideological”
– Rev James Bhagwan, June 2023

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Pacific Women Mediators Network: Transformative Feminist Movement Building On Women, Peace & Security.

We live in a time of growing global securitization and militarised responses to all types of crises, including armed conflict and climate change impacts. This trend redirects resources away from

Self Determination & Decolonisation is a Pacifi c Women’s Issue : Pacifi c Women Mediators Network

The Pacific Women Mediators Network strongly stands in solidarity with the courageous women leaders in Kanaky who are tirelessly striving for a just, peaceful, and inclusive resolution amidst the inter-twined

Opinion: 600 million women live in conflict — and hold key to peace

  We should not normalize the fact that women and girls are living in conflict. With the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women underway, it is time to elevate

Civil Society Statement: United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Promoting Conflict Prevention

”We live in growing global securitisation and militarised responses to all types of crises. This trend redirects resources away from #ConflictPrevention, damaging gains achieved by local #peacebuilders.” On March 13, the Pacific