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Consultation Starts

A three-day Pacific Regional Consultation on the Oceans Conference which starts today will focus on how countries in the region can ensure that the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)14 targets
15 Mar 2017 11:00
Consultation Starts
Tuvaluan Prime Minister, Enele Sopoaga with his wife, Salilo Sopoaga at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva last night. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

A three-day Pacific Regional Consultation on the Oceans Conference which starts today will focus on how countries in the region can ensure that the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)14 targets are achieved.

This is expected to be part of the Pacific voice leading up to the UN Ocean Conference in New York from June 5 – 9, which Fiji  co-hosts.

Countries in the region will be challenged to be creative in terms of their voluntary commitment to the zero draft released last Saturday by the UN.

For Fiji and other countries in the region, this means asking hard questions about:

  •  how they can contribute to the aspirations to protect the oceans
  •  how to reduce illegal fishing and
  •  how to protect marine protected areas.

Most of the key elements that Fiji is advocating for are already in the Zero Draft document. However, an issue common in the region is that of small scale fishers and their use of the coastline. Tuvalu Prime Minister, Enele Sopoaga reiterated that the Pacific cannot miss this opportunity.

“We are going to have a very strong statement of collective concerns from oceans and seas. I think we are going to put in a lot of good elements for the Zero Draft that is going to go to the UN.”

Participants from the Pacific including Palau, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Marshall Islands,  PNG, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Kiribati, French Polynesia and Fiji will attend the consultation.

Meanwhile, the United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson is expected to deliver a lecture at the University of the South Pacific tomorrow.

He will also be attending the consultation.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

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