PIDF EMPHASES NEED TO SUPPORT THE PACIFIC IN THEIR QUEST FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
During a meeting this morning at the PIDF Secretariat in Suva between a delegation from the US Embassy and the Secretary General for the Pacific island Development Forum Mr Feleti Teo the PIDF called for those responsible for global warming to move away from emissions intensive development that is threatening the future of the Pacific.
Visiting the PIDF Secretariat this morning was Deputy Chief of the US Mission in Suva Mr Doug Sonnek and their Regional Environmental Officer Mr Jason Brenden.
During the briefing this morning the PIDF informed the Delegation that the Pacific is moving towards a development processes that ensure that economic growth and environmental responsibility work together in a mutually reinforcing fashion while supporting progress on social development.
“The Leaders of the Pacific in our last two PIDF Summits have agreed to pursue a development pathway that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.”
“They want an economy that is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive. Growth in income and employment will be driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.”
“National efforts by Pacific Countries to transition to an inclusive green economy must be complemented by an enabling international environment aimed at expanding the development opportunities of the Pacific. This includes an economic model where those responsible for global warming moves away from emissions intensive development that is hurting the Pacific.”
“Development agencies such as USAID and international organisations can play a key role by supporting country-led processes for moving towards an inclusive green economy in the Pacific.”
Mr Teo with the US Delegation
Mr Teo & Mr Sonnek