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PIDF BOOSTED

NAISA KOROI In the build-up to this month’s Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), nations continue to register their attendance. The PIDF secretariat has received confirmation that Morocco, Venezuela and Israel
04 Jun 2014 07:59

NAISA KOROI

In the build-up to this month’s Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), nations continue to register their attendance.
The PIDF secretariat has received confirmation that Morocco, Venezuela and Israel have now joined Singapore, Kazakhstan, Kuwait and Georgia amongst non-regional countries confirming attendance.
Scheduled to take place at the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau Island, Nadi, from June 18 to 20, the meeting will be opened by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The theme of this year’s summit will be “Green Growth in the Pacific: Building Resilient Sustainable Futures and Genuine Partnerships”.
The Summit provides a unique, distinctive and inclusive opportunity for the leaders and representatives of the public sector, private sector and civil society of the Pacific small island developing countries and territories to dialogue and take ownership of their problems, decisions and actions to address their special development needs in their pursuit for inclusive and sustainable development.
Testifying to the PIDF’s growing support, the director-general of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat in Vanuatu, Peter Forau, welcomed the formal establishment of the PIDF and looked forward to attending the Nadi meeting.
He congratulated the Fijian Government for successfully establishing the PIDF Secretariat formally only a year after its conception.
“This is a milestone achievement for the region and demonstrates Fiji’s commitment to providing a mechanism for strengthening regional solidarity on regional issues in the global and international discourses,” he said in a statement.
He congratulated Feleti Teo for his appointment as the PIDF’s interim secretary general and the staff of the PIDF Secretariat.
He said the establishment of the PIDF was timely because it provided a necessary, holistic and inclusive mechanism for the Pacific to discuss and create direct partnerships with the United Nations on key development issues.
He said there were no mechanisms in place to allow direct partnership from this region to the United Nations.
“Pacific island countries can now stand together on Green Growth and Sustainable Development issues hence PIDF fills this gap,” he said.
Mr Forau confirmed that the MSG Secretariat was working on developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalise its working relations with the PIDF.
This year’s summit builds on the outcomes and the mandate of the inaugural meeting last year to enable green growth in the Pacific and to consolidate genuine partnerships between governments, private sector and civil society in the pursuit of inclusive and sustainable development.
The meeting last year attracted more than 300 stakeholders from more than 40 countries, with 14 of them from the Pacific.




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