Pacific Islands Seek APEC Economies' Support on Climate Change Action, Enhanced Trade and Investment, and Pacific Regionalism

A commitment to collectively address the adverse impacts of climate change was one of three important themes raised by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat at the 2015 APEC Ministerial Meeting in Manila this week.

“Special consideration needs to be given to the vulnerabilities of the Small Islands Developing States and the limited financial, technical and human resource capacities these island nations have in addressing the negative impact of Climate Change. There is a need for scaling up of adequate, predictable and new and additional climate change financial resources with improved accessibility” Shiu Raj, Director Economic Governance at the Secretariat said while seeking APEC economies’ support for the Pacific Leaders’ Declaration on Climate Change Action and a commitment for an agreement at COP21 that is both ambitious and legally binding.

APEC Meeting Delegates

Mr Shiu Raj, Director Economic Governance at the Forum Secretariat, with Members of the PNG Delegation at the APEC Meeting.


The Secretariat also sought support from APEC countries to assist in strengthening Pacific Regionalism.

“Our Leaders have declared the following five major areas of regional actions for the Pacific as a priority: Increase in the sustainable economic returns from fisheries, and strengthening of maritime surveillance; Improvements in the Pacific region’s connectivity via Information and Communications Technology; Reduction in the incidence of cervical cancer; the adoption of an ambitious and legally binding agreement at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and calling on all parties to protect and uphold the human rights of all residents in West Papua.”

“These regional priorities are currently being implemented by the Pacific region, for which we seek the support of the APEC economies in driving these initiatives prioritised under the Framework for Pacific Regionalism,” said Mr. Raj.

Support of the APEC economies was also sought for increased trade and investment linkages with the Pacific Islands.

“The Pacific Islands Forum Leaders at their meeting in September endorsed the Hiri Declaration and have made a commitment to take effective and meaningful actions to address and implement regional connectivity in three core areas of people to people, institutional and physical connectivity. To leverage on Asia’s economic growth, the Forum Economic Ministers have requested that practical implementable policies and initiatives be explored. The APEC economies are therefore urged to do their part in developing closer economic relations and deepening ties with the Pacific Islands.” Mr Raj said.

“The APEC engagements need to also take into account the development needs of the Pacific Islands which have immense opportunities in industries such as tourism, transport, renewable energy, fisheries, agriculture, mining, and Information and Communications Technology,” Mr Raj added while requesting the APEC economies to work together with the Pacific Islands in protecting our resources and environment for sustainable development of the Asia-Pacific region.

The Secretariat also recognised the contributions of three of its Members - Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea; and the active role of many of its International Partners in driving Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World is the theme for 2015 APEC Economic Leaders Meeting this week.


Download statement presented by Director Shiu Raj to the APEC Ministers Meeting

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