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In this contemporary society, online platforms are fast emerging to create and add value to the globalized and complex world of information. This is true of an online platform called Solevaka, designed to create a space for virtual knowledge exchange and collaboration in the Pacific region to accelerate progress and address challenges for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Pacific.

In line with the SDG principle of leaving no-one behind, Solevaka is designed to strengthen the voice of the most vulnerable and marginalized members of the Pacific community and to provide input into local, national, regional and global decision-making forums and processes.

It is envisaged as a digital meeting place that will bring the broader Pacific development community together (government officials, regional organization personnel, non-government organization and community representatives, researchers and academics and private sector representatives), emphasising dynamic discussions and consultations, creating connections and linkages between people, and providing fit-for-purpose tools and resources to accelerate SDG implementation in the Pacific.

The aim is to promote the work of all development partners in the Pacific and strengthen partnerships with non-traditional and traditional stakeholders for better and more equitable development impact.

The key features of Solevaka include:

  • Virtual meeting rooms with interactive timelines, polls, discussions, surveys, etc
  • Analytics that provide instant demographic analysis & feedback to facilitators/moderators
  • Hosts a variety of multimedia formats
  • Accessibility for low bandwidth users
  • Dynamic and searchable knowledge archive
  • Ability to assign public & private access
  • Members create profiles, direct message & customise notifications
  • Public and Private meeting spaces for collaborations and co-creation

Engagements on Solevaka are done through the Communities of Practice or the discussion forums which have allow for both private or closed discussions and public discussions. All discussions are moderated to allow for transparency and accountability within the respectful confines.

We encourage you all to sign up and become members of Solevaka on this link https://solevaka.org and join the discussions on this critical global development challenge of which the Pacific is at the forefront.

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