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Ratu Inoke Pushes Pacific Agenda

Ratu Inoke Pushes Pacific Agenda
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Group of 77 and China in New York . Photo: DEPTFO News
September 26
09:02 2015

All life on earth, including our own survival, depends on a healthy ocean, says Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

This was the gist of the message relayed by Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs in New York when delivering his statement on “Managing Climate Change In Small Island Development States (SIDS) on Thursday.

“This has traditionally been our belief in the Pacific. The Pacific Ocean is the mainstay of our country’s livelihood, our food security and our economy,” he said.

He said in light of this ongoing threat, the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) agreed on the genesis of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14).

The SDG14 will be conceived during the adoption of the 2030 Agenda. While SDG14 represented a great step forward in safeguarding our ocean, he said the far greater challenge lay in actually achieving SDG14 and its many targets and indicators that are to come.

“If we do not effectively implement Goal 14, it will amount to nothing but good intentions. It will not bring about meaningful change.”

Ratu Inoke said Fiji, along with the Pacific SIDS, had given special thought to SDG14’s implementation, through the design of a dedicated mechanism to ensure the integrity of its delivery.

He said this mechanism involved a series of high-level Triennial United Nations Conferences on Oceans and Seas.

On climate change he said at the recent 3rd Pacific Island Development Forum in Suva, the Suva Declaration on Climate Change called for strong, positive and concrete outcomes to be achieved at the Conference of Parties Meeting in Paris later this year.

He encouraged all to take a look at this declaration.

Ratu Inoke was one of the guest speakers at an event hosted by Tuvalu and the United Arab Emirates.

Other speakers included – Anote Tong President of the Republic of Kiribati, Enele Sopoaga Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Sato Kilman Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Murray McCully Foreign Minister of New Zealand, Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan and Samuelu Penitala Teo Tuvalu’s Special Envoy for Disaster.

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