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12 March 2020: The PIDF Secretariat hosted a preliminary discussion and way forward on the Pacific Region’s Organisations Partnership (PROP) concept with IUCN’s Regional Programmes Director, Mr Andrew Foran. IUCN indicated its support for the PROP concept, however, stressed the importance of re-looking at the initiative to capture clear directions, purpose, collaborative frame-work and the return on investment for interested organisations.

The Pacific Region is fortunate to have a number of organisations (Regional/Sub-Regional Organisations, International CSOs, UN Agencies, Academic Institutions and Interest Groups) performing important work related to Green/Blue Economy and Sustainable Development in order to improve the lives of Pacific people and their environment. For this reason these organisations have felt it necessary to form a lose partnership (called Pacific Region’s Organisations Partnership) to optimise the work of these organisations.
The Pacific Region’s Organisations Partnership (PROP) aims to build a network of organisations active in the Pacific islands region to introduce and share information related to their Green/Blue Economy and Sustainable Development work and initiatives of the various organisations and promote collaboration between them.”

Ambassador Solo Mara moderated session 7 of the The Melanesian Spearhead Group’s Ministerial and Senior Officials Conference on Eliminating Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the Sub-region.
This session was for Ministers to discuss the topic and highlight whether enough has been done in implementing ESGBV strategies. Moreover, the discussion was centred around the advances and progresses if any and gaps and challenges and how individual Governments are addressing these gaps and challenges.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group’s Ministerial and Senior Officials Conference on Eliminating Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the MSG Sub-region had begun yesterday. The Inaugural Meeting is expected to Map out strategies on the way forward for addressing domestic violence and gender-based violence in the MSG Sub region.
To produce an Outcome Statement that may be a tool for Ministers as they engage in international spaces and Create a sub-regional forum to address gender and domestic violence with the goal of having this issue on the MSG Governance Agenda as well as part of its core activities.Supporting this initiative are the MSG Partners : Australian Aid, UNWomen, SPC RRRT, PIFs and PIDF. Meeting will conclude on 5th March.

20 February 2020 – PIDF Team Leader Programme Management Mark Borg and Programme  Management Coordinator Nikhil Lal participated in the inaugural meeting of the Plastic Waste Free Islands Project, implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with financial support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The PIDF team emphasised the need to address the matter with urgency and ensure we have alternative and safe products in place before plastic bans are introduced, to find economically viable solutions and to involve the private sector at every step of the way as they will be the ones driving the transition.

18 February 2020 – PIDF Secretary General Ambassador Solo Mara and Team Leader Programme Management Mark Borg met with Ms Susana Waqainabete-Tuisese, Country Director of the Fiji Programme of Conservation International to discuss collaboration in initiatives that support community income generation with Private Sector involvement that would also have positive conservation outcomes.

13 February 2020 – The PIDF Secretariat hosted a preliminary discussion and way forward on the Pacific Region’s Organisations Partnership (PROP) concept with representatives from MSG Secretariat, Mr Stanley Wapot (Programme Manager for Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources Management) and Mr Christopher Waiwori (Senior Executive Officer). The Pacific Region is fortunate to have a number of organisations (Regional/Sub-Regional Organisations, International CSOs, UN Agencies, Academic Institutions and Interest Groups) performing important work related to Green/Blue Economy and Sustainable Development in order to improve the lives of Pacific people and their environment. For this reason these organisations have felt it necessary to form a lose partnership (called Pacific Region’s Organisations Partnership) to optimise the work of these organisations.

13 February 2020 – PIDF Secretariat hosted a Talanoa session on the Pacific Decade for Sustainable Transport. Ship owners and shipping agencies were encouraged to contribute their perspectives and suggestions for the common goal of reducing both costs and emissions by reducing the use of fossil fuel in the shipping sector. During the discussions ship owners recommended that Government needs to step in and play an important proactive role to support sustainable transport. Consultation with the private sector would be very vital to find solutions suitable for all. Sustainable transport systems make a positive contribution to the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the communities they serve. Transition to sustainable transport is important and the sector would benefit from the right regulations and incentives.

Leaders’ resolutions

Nadi Bay Declaration on the Climate Change Crisis in the Pacific.

We, the People of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, Striving to advance the sustainable and inclusive development of Pacific Island nations,
Dedicated to the goals of poverty eradication, environmental preservation and to addressing the challenges of the current anthropogenic climate change crisis;
Advocating for a paradigm shift to foster coherence between Climate Change mitigation and adaptation actions, environmental protection and resilience development;

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Pacific Decade for Sustainable Transport

At the PIDF Leaders’ Summit and Conference held in Nadi, Fiji on 29 and 30 July 2019, the PIDF Leaders endorsed a resolution that declared 2020-2030 as the Pacific Decade for Sustainable Transport.

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