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Foreign Ministers Reach Consensus

A number of successful outcomes was reached during the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting on July 10, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. The 18 PIF member states, associate member states,
14 Jul 2015 11:01
Foreign Ministers Reach Consensus
Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (sixth from left, back), with participants of the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting in Sydney. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

A number of successful outcomes was reached during the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting on July 10, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

The 18 PIF member states, associate member states, and the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) agencies agreed to work collectively on climate change issues and management matters.

The primary focus of the meeting discussed how best the PIF members could strengthen national leadership to manage natural hazards though supportive regional responses, and the PIF’s international engagement with Post-Forum Dialogue partners in preparation for this year’s 46th Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, from September 7 to 11, 2015.

The experiences and lessons learnt from Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, Typhoon Maysak and Fiji’s Post Disaster Needs Assessment initiatives gave valuable insights into the discussions during the meeting.

The ministers’ successfully reaffirmed the need to continue to enhance disaster management capacity building and collaboration on logistical arrangements as well as expand measures that would promote faster and better coordinated responses to events in the region.

There was a consensus to develop a Pacific Resilience Partnership to bring key actors to build co-operation, improve collaboration and harmonise systems that would support nationally-led resilience building and strengthening. They noted the work done to develop the draft Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific to improve resilience.

The outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit, recently held in Auckland, New Zealand, also provided an important backdrop for the Ministerial meeting.

On the issue of international engagement, there was support to have high level political dialogue on the region’s priority interests through robust Post Forum Dialogue. Recommendations were also made to have an enhanced role of the Forum Foreign Ministers in deepening regionalism with suggestions to hold annual meetings.

The reports from this meeting will be tabled for consideration at the Forum Officials Committee pre Forum meeting in August 2015.

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