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‘Pacific Ocean Important, Great Means Of Survival For Islanders’

Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and president of the University of the South Pacific stressed the importance of the Pacific Ocean to the Pacific Islands. Mr Chandra said for the Pacific
10 Jun 2017 11:00
‘Pacific Ocean Important, Great Means Of Survival For Islanders’
Vice-Chancellor and president of the University of South Pacific Professor Rajesh Chandra.

Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and president of the University of the South Pacific stressed the importance of the Pacific Ocean to the Pacific Islands.

Mr Chandra said for the Pacific Islanders the ocean is a great means for survival.

He made the comments during the High-Level Meeting – Developing regional nodes for capacity building and transfer of marine technology using data-based reporting to support delivery of SDG14 in the South Pacific and Beyond in New York this week.

The side event was organised by the Australian Mission to the United Nations.

He said that as an Oceanic University, the Pacific Ocean is therefore vital to the students, USP alumni, to the Pacific Islands governments that own the University, and to all its other stakeholders.

“It is vital that this opportunity for advancement of science and capacity is taken forward, not just to meet SDG14 or other SDG14 targets, but to create a platform for improved integrated management and monitoring of the oceans, a strengthened blue economy, and the potential to respond to emerging needs, such as the management of the High Seas beyond national jurisdictions,” he said.

Acknowledging the chair and organisers of the event, Professor Chandra said he was grateful for the opportunity.

Given the importance of capacity building to enabling both implementation of initiatives and for monitoring, and given the centrality of USP in higher and tertiary education, research and policy work in the Pacific Islands.

 

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