New role for envoy

The Fiji Times:

Tuesday, 26 May 2015


Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) general secretary Dame Meg Taylor has been announced as the new commissioner of the Pacific Ocean Alliance.

It is a new PIFS alliance endorsed by Forum leaders in Palau last year to see the implementation of the UN convention on the Law of the Sea for sustainable development of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) in the Pacific.

Yesterday saw the first meeting of the alliance held at the Novotel, Lami with about 100 participants from across the region taking part.

Ms Taylor, a Papua New Guinea highlander, said the task would be a mammoth one.

"This is my first official opportunity to speak as the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, a role that I am honoured to take on," Ms Taylor said.

She said, she now looked forward to the challenge of being an advocate and representative for the region, to help achieve sustainable development, management and conservation of the ocean pertaining to the vision articulated by leaders in the Framework for a Pacific Ocean scape.

"This vision remains as relevant today as it was when this policy was endorsed in 2010, this of course, does not mean everything is as it was five years ago.

"The dynamics in this region change very quickly and we must be responsive to the discretion provided by the Pacific leaders and to emerging challenges and opportunities," she added.

Ms Taylor said the alliance would maintain a network of stakeholders truly representative of the diverse range of ocean interests.

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