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Serbia Acknowledges Inclusive Efforts Of PIDF

Serbia’s Ambassador to Fiji who is based in Canberra, Australia is in the country making a number of visits to organisations and institutions. Miroljub Petrovi visited the Pacific Islands Development
03 Mar 2017 13:03
Serbia Acknowledges Inclusive Efforts Of PIDF
Miroljub Petrovic.

Serbia’s Ambassador to Fiji who is based in Canberra, Australia is in the country making a number of visits to organisations and institutions. Miroljub Petrovi visited the Pacific Islands Development Forum and acknowledged the continued efforts  of the organisation.

He said PIDF had a unique inclusive and multi-stakeholder approach on facilitating dialogue and action on arising issues of concern within the Pacific.

Mr Petrovi, who attended the PIDF conference in 2015, assured that discussions continue to be held with the Serbian government for support in areas of mutual collaboration. This was in regards to innovative strategies for climate change, renewable energy and sustainable economic development.

“There are certain areas of common interests with PIDF which will be discussed with my capital (Serbia),” Mr Petrovi said.

The Ambassador’s visit allowed PIDF secretary-general, François Martel the opportunity to provide an update on major accomplishments and strategic pathways forward to achieve PIDF’s mandate.

Mr Martel highlighted the outcomes of the 2016 Leaders’ Summit held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, and informed Mr Petrovi of the increase in PIDF membership from nine in 2015 to 13 members currently.

“We would also like to express gratitude to the government of Serbia for providing diplomatic support for our application for a United Nations (UN) Observer Status which was successfully granted to us in December last year,” Mr Martel said.

Mr Petrovic was informed about PIDFs participation in the steering committee towards Pacific preparations for the upcoming UN Conference on Oceans and SDG14 and provided an overview of climate change leadership initiatives such as the Suva Declaration, development of a guidance note and presentations during side events at COP22 and current preparations towards a united Pacific voice at COP23 later this year.

Mr Martel also mentioned the progress on the establishment of National Sustainable Development Boards (NSDBs).

“We are having in-country consultations with our members for the establishment of NSDBs which are in effect multi-stakeholders’ national focal points and first level of governance for the PIDF.  These include consultations on the proposed PIDF Strategic Plan, discussions on the proposed PIDF Climate Roadmap and the draft Pacific Climate Treaty,” said Mr Martel.

Mr Petrovi was also provided an update on the PIDF Leaders’ Summit and the Biennial Conference which is scheduled to be held in August in Honiara, Solomon Islands with a Pacific Blue Economy Conference as well.

“I look forward to participating in the upcoming Conferences and make constructive contributions towards deliberations during the meet and foster genuine partnerships,” said Mr Petrovi.

Source: Pacific Islands Development Forum

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