12-13 December 2000 at the Canossian Sisters' complex at Becora, Dili
Aleixo Da Cruz Chairperson
The Forum was reconstituted after the destruction of September 1999, through an initial meeting on 6 December 1999. It was attended by 22 East Timorese NGOs. Subsequent meetings in January 2000 led to some preliminary agreements on the Forum's vision, mission, principles, function, membership criteria and structure.
The Forum held a Strategic Planning Workshop in August 2000 where NGOs agreed to a vision statement, mission statement and set of principles for the Forum. These are outlined below.
The Vision of the Forum is " To contribute to the building of a pluralist, democratic, just and sustainable East Timor through the development of a strong, independent and responsible civil society committed to upholding and making real in the daily life of the community both village, and urban, the full range of human rights that all East Timorese, particularly the poor and disadvantaged, can enjoy the fruits of liberation and development in East Timor forever free."
The Mission of the Forum is " To realize its vision by promoting a culture of learning, cooperation, partnership, with the community and respect for human rights and good practice amongst East Timorese NGOs and between them and other development actors, both domestic and international, and by serving as a collective, independent voice for the rights and needs of the community."
The Forum has agreed to uphold and promote the following principles
The Forum now needs to hold an Annual General Meeting to
The Forum will also report to East Timorese NGOs on its activities over
the last year, provide a financial report, and discuss its workplan for
the next year. This will be developed from the Strategic Plan agreed in
All East Timorese NGOs have been invited to come. International NGOs, UNTAET and donors have been invited to send observers.
A draft program for the meeting is below. A final program and papers will be available approximately one week before the meeting.
Aleixo Da Cruz
Opening by President FONGTIL
Welcome to special guests Sergio Viera de Mello, UNTAET
Xanana Gusmao, President, NCC
Remarks by Special Guests
Possibility of Speaker from Cambodia Russell Peterson
FONGTIL President's Report
FONGTIL Executive Director's Report
Presentation Draft Membership Criteria and procedures
Approval of Membership Criteria and procedures for FONGTIL
Presentation of Draft Constitution (Executive Director)
Approval of FONGTIL Constitution
Presentation of proposal for election of 5 new members of FONGTIL Board
Approval of Board size
Presentation and acceptance of Logo
1. Presentation and acceptance of 5-year Strategic Plan and Annual Workplan.
2. Discussion on Code of Conduct for FONGTIL
Prepare a very first draft Code of Conduct for preliminary discussion and discuss why it is important to have a Code of Conduct. Code to be finalized after the AGM.
3. Election of Board Members
Close of nominations for election to FONGTIL Board
Ballot for Executive Committee Members (During lunch time)
Candidates introduce themselves
East Timorese NGOs present have one vote each
Ballot counted and results announced later in the afternoon.
Open Forum on a Range of Issues
Any Other Matters