New Regional Framework to be More Representative
Current regional frameworks such as the Pacific Islands Forum is only represented by the governments while the grassroots and their representatives have been excluded from the decision making process.
“The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) recognises that Governments don’t have all the answers. We cannot merely prescribe solutions to the challenges we face in keeping the Pacific Green and Blue,” said the Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.
“The vision of the PIDF is for sovereign governments, territories and dependencies, civil society groups and the business community to form a grand coalition to protect our environment.
Echoing the same sentiments, H.E XananaGusmao, the former President and now Prime Minister of Timor Leste, expressed that the Pacific Islands region has the ability to overcome difficult situations provided they all work together.
“The economic region of the Pacific Islands has great potential to overcome the difficult obstacles to which it is exposed if every country works together under an integrated plan, with new synergies and strategic partnerships,” he said.
“I think that by now we all know that our voices will not be heard if we are speaking alone.”
It is not with isolated efforts that we will be able to overcome the fact that Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu faces from the permanent and irreversible threat of drowning into the vastness of the ocean.”
“We must be the agents of our own change, since it is we who will be the main winners, or losers, in this process.”
Highlighting the initiative of Tokelau’s 100% renewable energy project, Commodore Bainimarama, made a special mention of the world’s smallest economy that is currently leading the way in the Green Blue Pacific.
“When it comes to renewable energy, Tokelau’s voice must be heard and here for the first time, it will be heard,” he said.
“This is why this gathering is so important, why the PIDF will be different.”
The PIDF brings together governments, businesses and civil society leaders form the Pacific to secure the future of the Pacific through the blue/green economy approach.