5:30pm (Fiji Standard Time), Friday
26 July 2019
Suva, Fiji – Two Ministerial meetings, held ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum (13 – 16 August), concluded in Suva today.
At a Special Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) held on Thursday, Ministers endorsed the proposal for a resilience facility for the region, and commended it to Forum Leaders for consideration.
“This Pacific Resilience Facility which focuses on preparedness, is a direct response to this region’s call for a financing platform that is easily accessible and is tailored to the needs of our Pacific economies.
“It is a proposal that Forum Economic Ministers have continually shaped and guided since the idea of a regional financing facility was first introduced in 2015, and we are pleased to put it forward to leaders for consideration, ” said Nauru’s Hon David Adeang who chaired the Special FEMM meeting.
At the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting (FFMM) today, Ministers discussed a range of issues focussed under the theme of Securing Our Future in the Pacific.
“Today’s geopolitical environment calls for a reinvigorated approach to how we engage as a collective to ensure that those issues that our regional priorities are advanced. In a context where climate change threatens our survival, multilateralism is failing, and geopolitical competition in our region seeks to divide us, committing to the future viability of our ocean continent, and making this commitment together, is not only a challenging task, but one that is deeply political,” said Chair, Hon David Adeang, on opening the meeting.
Foreign Ministers agreed a range of recommendations to be put forward to Forum Leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum Meeting in Tuvalu, 13 – 16 August, most significantly, the development of a long-term future strategy for the region, A 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.
Other key issues considered included progress and recommendations on the Leaders priorities on climate change advocacy, regional security, ocean governance and human rights violations in West Papua (Papua).
“The scope of the discussions today, and the complexity of the issues on our table, demonstrate that we find ourselves at a pivotal moment for our Forum. While we are the subject of the geo-political manuevering and strategies of others, the Blue Pacific collective remains focussed on charting our own destiny.
“I thank the Chair, Ministers and members on the engaged discussions today, and the shared committment to ensuring a safe and propserous future for all our Blue Pacific people. We now look forward to the Leaders discussions in Tuvalu, and our work to put their decisions into action,” said Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor.
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