Pacific regional meeting
10 - 12 Jul 2013
The Pacific regional meeting (Meeting), in preparation for the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (Samoa Conference), was held in Nadi, Fiji, from 10 to 12 July 2013 and reaffirmed the commitment to the principles and priorities of the Rio outcome, the Barbados Program of Action and the Mauritius Strategy. Full participants in the meeting were: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
In Nadi, Fiji, delegates from the Pacific gathered for three days of active discussion and fruitful debate. The Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, gave the opening keynote address, and remarks were also offered by the Secretary General of the SIDS Conference Wu Hongbo and the President-Elect of the General Assembly John Ashe. The closed session among the Pacific SIDS allowed a rich, interactive exchange of views on continuing challenges and lessons learned over the years in efforts to implement BPOA and MSI on the ground, regional priorities and emerging issues of importance they collectively wished to highlight. Parallel to that, a series of open round table sessions allowed constructive discussions among development partner government representatives, Major Groups, UN system and regional organizations. The parallel session covered a number of key topics and produced a strong and targeted report. The official meeting outcome, drafted by Pacific member States, laid out the region’s position and priorities. Climate change and ocean related issues figured prominently in the Pacific outcome document. Other issues raised included health, especially non-communicable diseases (NCDs), social protection and inclusion, information communication technologies, transport and energy and renewable energy. To advance these and other priorities, the Pacific decided to propose as the theme for the 2014 Samoa Conference to be: “the sustainable development of SIDS through genuine and durable partnerships.”