At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) that met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012, Heads of State and Government and high-level representatives called for a strengthened institutional framework for sustainable development that can respond coherently and effectively to current and future challenges, that integrates the three dimensions of sustainable development in a balanced manner, is inclusive, transparent and effective, strengthens coherence and coordination, and finds common solutions to global challenges related to sustainable development.
The Conference also recognized the green economy as a tool to achieve sustainable development. The key elements of the strengthened institutional framework include regional and sub-regional organisations that prioritize sustainable development and promote balanced integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development and which are supported in the effective operationalization and implementation of sustainable development.
The PIDF is the Pacific’s most inclusive and highest participatory South-South platform for action on the Green Economy. It is a bold attempt to address the issues of sustainable development through a structured and inclusive approach.
Given its whole of Society and multi-stakeholder format and its focus on a balanced integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development through the green economy the PIDF will be the Pacific’s link to the HLPF processes envisaged under Rio+20.
The call for a “Pacific Island Development Forum” (PIDF) was endorsed by Pacific Island Leaders at the 2012 “Engaging with the Pacific” meeting held at the Westin International Hotel, Denarau, Nadi, Fiji, 23rd – 24th August 2012. The Official Communiqué recorded that the Leaders, “Endorsed the convening of the Pacific Islands Development Forum for the purpose of engaging leaders from key sectors in implementing green economic policies in PSIDS…”
The meeting was attended by:
- Prime Minister of Fiji Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
- President of Nauru H.E. Sprent Dabwido
- President of the Republic of Marshall Islands H.E. Christopher Loeak
- Prime Minister of Tuvalu Hon Willy Telavi
- Deputy Prime Minister of Vanuatu Hon Ham Lini Vanuaroroa
- Deputy Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Hon Manasseh Maelanga
- Minister for Marine Resources Tourism and Education of Cook Islands Hon Teina Bishop
- Minister for Foreign Affairs of Timor Leste Hon Dr. Jose Luis Guterres
- Minister for Economic and Foreign Trade of New Caledonia Hon Anthony Lecren
- Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tonga Mr. Mahe Tupouniua
- Senator Richard Tuheiava of French Polynesia
- Mrs. Makurita Baro Special Envoy of Kiribati
- High Commissioner of Papua New Guinea to Fiji H.E. Peter Eafeare
- Ambassador of Federated States of Micronesia to Fiji H.E. Gerson Jackson
The Inaugural Meeting of the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) was held at the Sheraton Fiji Resort, Denarau Island, Nadi, from Monday 5th August to Wednesday 7th August 2013. The theme of the meeting was, “Leadership, Innovation and Partnership for Green/Blue Pacific Economies”. It is based on the fact that Rio+20 has launched a rethink of development, aimed at achieving shared prosperity on a shared but finite planet.
The Forum attracted more than 300 Stakeholders from more than 40 countries 14 of them from the Pacific. Several high-level representatives from the Pacific graced the Forum with several Heads of State, Heads of Government, ministers and deputies, ambassadors, CEOs and Civil Society leaders contributing passionately towards the programme of the Forum.
This inaugural meeting provided the perfect opportunity for multi-stakeholder visioning and discussion on the Green Economy and the PIDF process. The presence of so many stakeholders was a sign, both of stakeholders’ commitment to the Green Economy and of the important role the PIDF will play in tomorrow’s development agenda. The commitment and dedication of the PIDF Stakeholders was evident from the outcomes of the meeting..
They outline a way forward by providing recommendations towards Green/Blue Pacific Economies. The Summit has been notable in its adoption of a people-centered, development-oriented and inclusive multi-stakeholder approach, and this will now be carried forward in the implementation phase with the direct involvement of civil society and the private sector alongside governments and international organizations.