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PIDF’s inclusive role explained to UN High Representative

Minister Kubuabola with UN Under- Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs Mr Wu Hongbo

The Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, briefed UN Under-Secretary-General Mr Gyan Acharya, the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, on the role and objective of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, which recently held its inaugural meeting in Nadi.

PIDF’s inclusive role explained to UN High Representative.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, briefed the UN Under-Secretary-General Mr Gyan Acharya, the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, on the role and objective of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, which recently held its inaugural meeting in Nadi.

The meeting took place in the margins of the SIDS inter-regional preparatory meeting currently underway in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Minister Kubuabola underscored the significance of the PIDF as a body that brings together for the first time in the Pacific, high level representatives of the Pacific Islands Governments, private sector and civil society organisations. With its focus on sustainable development and its inclusive approach, the forum’s role as a key organisation was acknowledged by the High Representative.

In the lead up to the Samoa global conference in 2014, Under-Secretary-General Acharya indicated that the involvement of the private sector and civil society is necessary to ensure that sustainable development issues facing Small Island developing States are properly addressed in a comprehensive manner. He expressed his willingness to work closely with Fiji and SIDS countries in general in the preparations towards the 2014 Samoa conference.

(Source: Ministry of Information)

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