The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has joined the community of TEDxSuva sponsors for this year’s event, announcing their support at a signing event hosted at their Secretariat office in Suva.
“We are thrilled to be one off the major partners of TEDxSuva’s ‘Ocean of Ideas’ initiative and look forward for the journey of this innovative and inspirational adventure of inclusive change,” said PIDF Secretary General, François Martel at the signing.
Mr Martel expressed the enthusiasm of the PIDF in supporting a platform for dynamic and creative thinkers across the Pacific to share inspirational stories and ideas, particularly with Fiji’s presidency of COP23 in Bonn and co-hosting the upcoming UN Oceans Conference on SDG14 with Sweden in New York.
“We encourage and support more TEDx events to be held across Pacific Island countries to provide an innovative knowledge sharing platform on various issues being faced in the Pacific region so the Pacific voice can be heard globally,” Mr Martel added.
TEDxSuva organising team representative, Mere Nailatikau, thanked the PIDF for their support on behalf of the TEDxSuva team.
“We are grateful for the support of our community of partners now including the PIDF Secretariat, who are helping make it possible to showcase ideas from Fiji and the Pacific on the world stage,” said TEDxSuva team representative, Mere Nailatikau. “As organisers we aim to keep the focus on Fiji’s diverse and vibrant ideas as well as our Pacific spirit and culture.”
Broadening participation in the TEDxSuva live event this Saturday 6 May has been a priority for organisers. TEDx licensing rules require an application process to be part of the live audience and an audience limit of 100 people. Thanks to PIDF support, the TEDxSuva team has also confirmed that this year’s event will be livestreamed to share the experience with as many viewers as possible.
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