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The FPAC Forum 2018 took place prior to the Liverpool 2018 conference, on Thursday 25 October 2018 at 9.00am. There were representatives from nearly all of the 29 countries that make up Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI), plus lots of silent observers who wanted to absorb everything that was being said to report back to their Regions and Countries.
The session started with a roll call, so that everyone was aware who was there to represent their country as part of this meeting. The minutes of the last FPAC meeting were then agreed and there were no matters arising.
The reports from the Assistant Programme Directors and Friendship Link Coordinator had already been circulated to delegates, so it was a formality to accept them without amendment.
At 9.30, Programme Director Barbara Dixon presented the Soroptimist Alphabet, leading from the past 3A’s (Awareness, Advocacy and Action) through the current emphasis on the 3E’s (Educate, Empower, Enable) to the future UN vision of the 5Ps (People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, Partnerships), which will contribute towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was explained how the work of Soroptimists can connect to the 5P’s.
Video: Understanding the Dimensions of Sustainable Development
UN Centres and SI Reps
This was followed by a presentation on the UN Centres and SI Reps to the UN, which informed delegates of the main themes at each centre.
Assistant Programme Director Presentations
Throughout the day, each APD gave a presentation on how their programme area (Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Sustainability, Food Security & Healthcare & Violence and Conflict Resolution) contributes towards both the SDG’s and the 5P’s, and gave examples of Club projects in each area.
Economic Empowerment Presentation
Environmental Sustainability Presentation
Food Security and Healthcare Presentation
Violence and Conflict Resolution Presentation – PDF because of filesize – PowerPoint can be requested from SIGBI HQ.
There was an opportunity for delegates to discuss in their cluster groups, with their APD their problems and achievements in their programme work.
Modern Day Slavery
After lunch, Kay Richmond gave a presentation on the Modern Day Slavery Survey carried out by UKPAC (UK Programme Action Committee) and explained how this could be rolled out to other countries in the Federation. This was followed by a presentation on how the Modern Day Slavery survey was carried out in the Caribbean.
There was a question & answer session to allow delegates to question the Programme Team and comment on the usefulness of the day’s events.
Nisha Ghosh presented on the importance of friendship links and to encourage collateral working on projects.