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PIDF, Aruba Centre Seal Deal

  Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the Aruba Centre for Excellence (COE) for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have identified multiple areas of mutual interest.
21 Jul 2018 10:00
PIDF, Aruba Centre Seal Deal
From left: Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretary General, François Martel with manager of the Aruba COE (UNDP) Arno Boersma, after the MoU signing ceremony in New York. Photo: World Bank Group

 

Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the Aruba Centre for Excellence (COE) for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have identified multiple areas of mutual interest.

These are specifically in the scope of climate change, vulnerability and resilience, and the importance of sharing knowledge and consolidate advocacy activities to maximise effectiveness for sustainable development of SIDS.

During a special ceremony recently held in New York, the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding of mutual interests.

PIDF secretary-general François Martel, who is currently attending the 2018 session of the High-Level political forum on sustainable development, said their strategic approach to the partnership was guided by PIDF’s mandate.

This includes fostering multi-stakeholder engagement, focusing on the comparative advantages of south-south cooperation and aimed at developing inter-regional and intra-regional SIDS partnerships to benefit the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate-resilience in the Pacific Islands.

The signing ceremony was held after a side event on “Knowledge Frameworks for accelerating the 2030 Agenda” hosted at the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York.

“PIDF is designed as a SIDS and Global South organisation, but is also a unique Pacific partnership in itself because it is multi- sectoral and multi-stakeholder from decision-making to implementation,” said Mr Martel.

The PIDF secretary-general said the newly-formed partnership with the Aruba COE would focus on dissemination and exchange of lessons learned and best practices for sustainability in SIDS.

The Aruba COE is an initiative of the Government of Aruba, the Kingdom of The Netherlands and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and aims to strengthen innovation and resilience in SIDS around the world.

It offers a platform to exchange knowledge and experiences between developing countries (South-South co-operation), on issues such as renewable energy, climate resilience, public-private partnerships, water management, tourism, environment and public health.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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