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A PLUS FOR GREEN GROWTH & INTEGRATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT

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Thursday, 20 December, 2017: Recognising the synergy that exists between the work of Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) secretariat and the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and Pacific (CIRDAP) on the area of Green Growth and Integrated Rural Development, both organisations entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during a signing event held at the PIDF secretariat today.

“The focus of joint implementation between PIDF and CIRDAP will be to improve access to technical trainings for citizens of the Pacific Island region to co-operate and collaborate with each other where appropriate over a wide range of issues” said the PIDF Secretary General, François Martel.

“To facilitate this objective, the PIDF will act as the Pacific Coordinator for training facilitated by CIRDAP”, he further announced.

The MoU, which will enable PIDF and CIRDAP to more effectively attain their shared objectives, will aim to undertake joint implementation of programmes and projects where this is practicable and, to that end, harness the experience and resources of the two Organisations.

One of the many focus areas of CIRDAP is Climate Change and Impacts in terms of strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change and mitigation of adverse impact. They also have a strong focus on sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.

CIRDAP is a regional, intergovernmental and autonomous organization mandated to facilitate the provision of services that will influence policy formulation and programme action towards rural development and poverty alleviation through a network of CIRDAP contact ministries and link institutions.

Operating through designated contact ministries and link institutions in member countries, CIRDAP promotes regional cooperation and plays a supplementary and reinforcing role in supporting and furthering the effectiveness of integrated rural development programmes in Asia and the Pacific.

“This new partnership is a perfect example of South-south Cooperation for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, as the expertise and best practices used in Asian countries members of CIRDAP, can be more readily adapted to Pacific Islands”, concluded Mr. Martel.

The Republic of Fiji which became a member in June of 2010 is currently the only Pacific islands country member of CIRDAP from its 15 members.