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USP updates diplomats on developments

USP updates diplomats on developments
USP
July 19
17:07 2017

The University of the South Pacific (USP) held its first briefing session with the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) diplomats, based in Fiji last week at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre at the Laucala Campus.

Its main purpose was to brief the PIC Diplomats and Fiji on the outcomes of the 84th USP Council Meeting; progress towards implementation of the USP Strategic Plan (2013-2018); plans for the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations; USP’s role in the EDF11 programming; Regional Campus Development, UN Oceans Conference, and an update on USP’s engagement to the Conference of the Parties (COP) 23 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Diplomats who attended the briefing included Fiji’s Roving Ambassador to the Pacific Litia Mawi, Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia Deputy Chief of Mission Wilson Waguk, PNG High Commission First secretary Jacinta Tony-Barrion, Solomon Islands High Commissioner John Patteson Oti, Tuvalu High Comissioner Temate Melitiana and Vanuatu High Comission Charge D’Affaires Emmanual Blessings.

USP was represented by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra, the senior management team and Director Development, Marketing, Communications and Alumni Jaindra Karan  and his staff.

Professor Chandra welcomed the diplomats saying their presence portrayed the value of commitment from their respective governments in supporting and working together with USP towards elevating the regional capacity around climate change, resource mobilisation and the creation of equitable and sustainable development in the region.

The Diplomats commended USP for its work in the region thus far in particular its role and participation at the recent UNOC, COP23 and UNFCC which they said are very critical for Pacific Island states.

Mr Oti thanked USP for the opportunity to organise such a forum. He congratulated USP for engaging with the ADB to boost knowledge collaboration. Such initiatives he said, were very important as it connects all the member countries’ to USP’s partners.

Professor Chandra concluded the briefing by reaffirming USP’s commitment to close communication with its member countries with the hope to continue the same level of engagement.

Source: University of the South Pacific

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