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The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Feleti Teo this afternoon briefed visiting NZ academic Dr Anna Powles on the PIDF’s special place on the issue of sustainable development in the region.

Dr Anna Powles Senior Lecturer in Security Studies, Centre for Defense and Security Studies, from Massey university in NZ is visiting Fiji and meeting with key stakeholders on regional issues.
During the meeting this afternoon the PIDF explained the challenges facing the Pacific in the 21st Century and the need for a robust and fit for purpose organization that can help the people of the Pacific meet the challenges of sustainable development.
Speaking after the meeting the Secretary General of the PIDF Mr Teo explained:

“With the changing global & regional environment that we have today where Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face disproportionate impact of Climate Change and sea-level rise, intensification of extreme events and external shocks and increasing vulnerability to name a few, we cannot have business as usual in our approach to development.”

“We need to move towards development processes that ensure that economic growth and environmental responsibility work together in a mutually reinforcing fashion while supporting progress on social development.”
“This afternoon we were able to explain the position taken by Leaders of the Pacific in our last two PIDF Summits to pursue a development pathway that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.”

“We were also able to explain that by establishing the Pacific’s first and truly representative and participatory platform on the Green Economy the PIDF is empowering the People of the Pacific as primary stakeholders in their development to initiate the process and make joint decisions about its outcome.” 

“We are giving value to voices never heard at this level of decision making in the Pacific and enabling them to take ownership of their decisions and actions to address their special development needs through transformative changes.” 



Peni Lomaloma & Feleti Teo with Anna Powles