Aim to achieve SDGs

The Fiji Times:

Friday, 22nd July 2016

The Pacific region has been quick to take ownership and leadership by incorporating sustainable development commitments into its regional and national policies.

Speaking at the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development session in New York yesterday, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat secretary general Dame Meg Taylor said those commitments were specific to the challenges and vulnerabilities faced by each island state.

"We may be a region of small island countries, but we continue to take a leading role in championing action around climate change, oceans management and building effective institutions to deliver the promises of sustainable development for our people," Dame Taylor said.

"At the regional level, we have mobilised ourselves to develop a Pacific SDGs (sustainable development goals) roadmap that will guide implementation.

"An inclusive Pacific SDGs Taskforce has been established to support this process seeking ways to address trans boundary issues such as climate change, oceans, fisheries and trade, to identify common national priorities such as poverty alleviation, gender empowerment and non-communicable diseases that can be effectively addressed through collective delivery, monitoring and reporting, and to identify global experience that can be adapted for our benefit. And finally, to identify national success that can be shared for possible adaptation."

She said the region was investing in information and communications technology to better connect to the global economy and were embracing advances in renewable technology to make energy more affordable and accessible.

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