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In remarks delivered today at the Forty-fourth meeting of the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), that has been meeting in Noumea, New-Caledonia from 4-7 November, 2014 the Pacific Islands Development Forum has reiterated its call for inclusive processes in discussions on development in the Region.

Speaking today at the CRGA meeting in Noumea, the PIDF stated:

“We note in particular the discussion on the changing regional landscape that has taken place in recent years. Determining the most appropriate regional architecture to deliver quality regional outcomes is a key challenge for the Pacific at the present time.”
“Regionalism and a shared regional architecture is not a new idea in the Pacific. Cooperation in the region goes back a long way.”
“The PIDF sees the proliferation of new regional actors and cross-regional modalities as enriching and generating important changes towards a more inclusive, effective, and horizontal development agenda. The key consideration for PIDF is effective coordination and the avoidance of duplication and overlaps of mandates and programmes.”
“We are of the view that as the Pacific shifts to an inclusive, resilient and low-emission society it will require a distinct way of decision-making to negotiate disagreements, build trust among stakeholders and foster a long-term common vision. PIDF as a multi-stakeholder regional platform provides the necessary space for that kind of conversation or talanoa.”
“The PIDF stands ready to work with the SPC in bringing about this inclusive, resilient and low-emission Pacific society. One that will offer opportunities for our people to better manage natural capital, protect the environment, create green jobs and achieve inclusive sustainable development.”

In acknowledging the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the two organisations in June this year at the Second PIDF Leaders Summit in Nadi the PIDF highlighted the commitment of the two organisations to work collaboratively in serving the people of the Pacific:

“The PIDF sees its relationship with SPC has one of partnership and complementarity based on recognition that innovative solutions to complex problems will be created when diverse stakeholders are able to share their knowledge, learn together and develop a collective approach.”
“We are confident there will be more opportunities for collaboration ahead of us.”
“We also understand the challenges before the SPC that has been identified by the Director General in the past few days. We note the conversation that has taken place to respond to them and are ready to support them through the appropriate processes.”

Commenting on PIDF’s participation at the CRGA the Secretary General for the PIDF Mr Feleti Teo said:

“Cooperating with specialized regional agencies – such as the SPC – gives us the opportunity to address the current challenges we are confronted with and make a difference in our region. With this week’s CRGA Meeting we want to strengthen this partnership with the SPC, while continuously making all our regional partners sensitive to sustainable development and a green economy and the concrete actions that it requires.”

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edited pic 2             edited pic1DSG PIDF at the Forty-fourth meeting of the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), that has been meeting in Noumea, New-Caledonia from 4-7 November, 2014