Preambular Decleration – Our Region to Develop and Our Region to Own
This is our forum. As Pacific Islanders in dialogue and partnership with the International Community and with each other, we are interdependent and strive to live in harmony with our environment, forming a cornerstone of our identity and binding our far flung region into a coherent whole.
This is our development path. Our path builds, nurtures and defends a Pacific that is progressive in improving the wellbeing of its people, safeguards its unique cultural diversity, spirituality and identity.
This is our future. We embrace our identity and are proud of our diverse cultures and values. We are good stewards of our people, our resources and our ecosystems, we envision a Pacific that is mature, confident and focused on its strategic strengths and led by visionary and transformative Leaders.
A Pacific that we need consists of:
- A Pacific that asserts a distinctive Pacific model of “green growth in blue economies” that is aligned to sustainable development principles;
- A Pacific that reaffirms the importance of Government leaders undertaking bold, transformative and adaptive leadership.
- Pacific Leaders that champion Green Growth and Sustainable Development by adopting innovative and “outside of the box approaches”, revisiting traditional practices and improving existing mechanisms;
- A Pacific that integrates our Spirituality into our development paradigms and models;
- A Pacific that enhances protection of critical ecosystems through the enforcement of legislation, creation of protected areas and creating awareness and promoting advocacy on our role as stewards of this creation
- A Commitment to Action
Sustainability is a responsibility for all. Sustainable development begins with the choices of the individual and the decisions they make as consumers and members of society including those they influence. Inclusiveness and Sustainability is a mindset that we must adopt and pass onto our children.
10 Things to Achieve
We acknowledge inclusive and stewardship leadership is a critical requirement for transforming our brown economies into green-blue economies with thriving societies. While political leadership will take the lead, it is essential that leadership in the private sector and civil society (including women, youth and people with disabilities) including religious and traditional, are included and play their roles in the decision making process
2. Recognition of role of healthy people
3. Value of the Pacific Common and Collective
4. Long term financing / trust funds – support to communities
5. Rigor in implementation of key national and regional commitments
6. Reform of financial system
We require reforms in our national, regional and global fiscal and financial systems as well as our resource allocation and expenditure (budgetary) processes to direct and redirect resources into ensuring ecological sustainability, social inclusion, and spiritual/cultural wellness.
7. Education and capacity building
8. Sustainable transport
9. Food security
10. Re-Energizing the Pacific
2013 Pacific Island Development Forum Outcome
The inaugural meeting of the Pacific Islands Development Forum was held in Nadi, Fiji from 5th to 7th August 2013 with the theme “Leadership, Innovation and Partnership for Green/Blue Economies.”
Participants present at the meeting were from Governments, Private Sectors and Civil Society from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cuba, European Union, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Georgia, Germany India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Morocco, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, People’s Republic of China, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vanuatu, and Venezuela. International and regional organizations included the Asian Development Bank, Conservation International, East-West Center, Forum Fisheries Agency, Greenpeace, International Federation of Red Cross, International Monetary Fund, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Oxfam New Zealand. Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organization, Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization, Pacific Leadership Program, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme, South Pacific Tourism Organisation, United Nations Organizations, University of the South Pacific, World Wildlife Fund.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama delivered the Opening Remarks followed by the keynote address from the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, His Excellency Xanana Gusmao.
From Rio to the Pacific
Recalling that the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 (Rio +20) endorsed green economy as a tool for sustainable development;
Recognizing that green economy can address the ecological divide (environment degradation, resource depletion, climate change and natural disasters and ocean acidification), the social divide (poverty, inequalities, health and NCDs etc.), and the spiritual-cultural divide (suicides, violence against women etc.);
Recognizing that its critical to have strong, innovative and inclusive leadership that creates meaningful partnership to address the root causes and promote green growth;
Noting that many Pacific island countries and organizations including the Pacific Small Islands Developing States and the Melanesian Spearhead Group have endorsed the use of green economy and green growth as a key tool or paradigm for accelerating integrated and inclusive development; have or are planning green economy policies and roadmaps; and are already involved in implementing many green initiatives;
Recognizing that the Pacific is diverse and that there is a need to tailor initiatives to individual needs of countries and sub-regions and that the Pacific populations will double by 2050 providing additional pressures on resources;
Acknowledging that there are significant gaps and “divides” in the Pacific regarding sustainable development and the unfinished business of Millennium Development Goals and there is a need for a strong multi-stakeholder space where leaders of governments, private sector and civil society of the Pacific island countries and territories can dialogue and agree on green economy approaches and initiatives for inclusive and sustainable development;
Noting that there is increasing support and assistance that can be made available for coordinating, facilitating and supporting the shift or transition from brown economy to green economy including from all old, existing and new development partners;
Recognizing the establishment of the United Nations High Level Political Forum as the successor to the Commission on Sustainable Development to oversee the implementation of the post 2015 development agendas.
Therefore the forum agreed that:
A body such as PIDF can advance the issues, approaches and initiatives recognized in the aforementioned paragraphs;
The PIDF provides a link to regional and global processes, including that of the United Nations, and CROP agencies that also link with existing national sustainable development consultation processes that include private sector, civil society/communities.
Leardership, Partnership and Innovation
Recognising that Leadership, Innovation & Partnership are three components needed for sustainable development and poverty eradication;
- Acknowledging that the shared notion of ownership refers to “where I belong and where I stand” with a deep sense of awareness of the environment that has been passed on to us, a legacy that we are custodians of, is a living gift, not mere commodity;
- Recognizing that in order to develop our countries in a sustainable manner we need to transform traditional economies into inclusive, people-centered green/blue economies that safeguard our terrestrial and marine biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. This transformation would build greater resilience of our Pacific Island countries towards the effects of Climate Change;
- Noting the availability of services of the Global Green Growth Institute towards PICs to assist in the development of green growth strategies/plans as highlighted by PNG and Kiribati who are members of the institute;
Political/Public Leadership for the Green/Blue Economy
Noting the need for a collective political vision at a Pacific Regional level that cascades into individual political wills at national levels to successfully achieve overall sustainable development goals;
Reaffirming the importance of governments in taking a bold, transformative and adaptive leadership role in developing policies and strategies through fair, inclusive and transparent consultative processes in advancing the transition to a people-centered green/blue economy;
Acknowledging the need to assert a distinctive Pacific model of “green growth in blue economies” that is aligned to sustainable development principles and healthy oceans.
Private Sector Leadership
Recognizing the strategic role of the private sector as the engine of growth in the transition to people-centered green/blue economy and the achievement of sustainable development and poverty eradication through public-private partnerships;
Noting the need for Pacific leadership models that promote the respect for creation, deep listening and participation of all members of a community in decision-making and furthering action;
Recognising that green innovation often emerges at the margins of mainstream activities and may take the form of research projects, community initiatives, small business, innovation units of large companies, social enterprises, social movements amongst other sources;
Noting that innovation can shift at any point in the system of production and consumption, from more efficient industrial processes to shifts in consumption practices towards more sustainable lifestyles, and intervention at one leverage point can influence change across the system as a whole;
Noting that mining, as a regional economic growth sector requires the collective input of all stakeholders with very careful consideration for transparent decision making processes and under girded by the principle of prior and informed consent;
Recognizing the importance of partnership for action on people-centered green/blue economy to strengthen government capacity and other stakeholders to manage the transition to socially inclusive, resource efficient and low carbon economies.
Therefore the Forum agreed:
To encourage Pacific Leaders to be champions of Green Growth and sustainable development by adopting innovative and “outside of the box approaches”, revisiting traditional practices and improving existing mechanisms;
That Pacific public sector take appropriate steps to develop national consultative mechanisms that are aligned to the PIDF approach through genuine consultations to establish clear goals, together with all relevant sectors, as equal partners in the planning, development and implementation of initiatives on people-centered green/blue economies;
To recognize that a healthy and happy people are the basis for sustainable development and the need to implement “whole of society” approaches to ensure that our people adopt and engage in lifestyle practices that significantly reduce NCDs;
That the public sector provides a robust enabling environment in all sectors, including capacity building for both institutional and human resources between and amongst Pacific economies;
That the private sector partner with Public Sector to intensify the approach and implementation of green growth initiatives and provide an enabling environment for people-centered green/blue Pacific Island economies;
That the private sector of PIDF countries be encouraged to conform to appropriate national and international standards of sustainable development;
The proposal for more exchanges within and among the various sectors i.e. proposed Business Forum with a view to building partnerships towards sustainable development and understanding of cross-sectoral impacts;
That PIDF explore opportunities that recognize and award local innovation in environment and social development entrepreneurship;
That partnerships between the public sector, private sector, civil society/communities that are critical strategy to ensuring success in the sustainable implementation of projects and programmes;
That faith-based organisations are a powerful mediator to creating people-centered green/blue economies (Green Church model of the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia);
That the media plays a critical role in promoting people-centered green/blue economy in communities of the Pacific;
That education plays a key role in the promotion of sustainable development in the Pacific;
That appropriate innovative technologies are important tools for the transition towards people-centered green/blue economies;
To promote the greater involvement of community leaders, women, youth and children in the transition towards an inclusive, people-centered green/blue economy;
To promote the greater involvement of community leaders, women, youth and children in the transition towards a people-centered green/blue economy;
To explore ways to address the need for technical capacity and durable financial support towards the implementation of sustainable development priorities of Pacific Island countries.
The Forum agreed to:
Provide an effective mechanism directly linking with the Pacific Small Islands Developing States (PSIDS) Grouping in NY, the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, Alliance Of Small Island States (AOSIS), G7+, G77 & China, and other UN processes at the global level;
Provide direct linkages with developing or existing national sustainable development processes in Pacific Island Countries as well as with ongoing programmes of the Council of Regional Organizations of the Pacific (CROP) agencies;
Establish a Secretariat which in the interim to be funded by Fiji and staffed by selected persons, through secondments and attachments, from the PIDF region; modeled on inclusive and sustainable principles and operated on the “principle of less is more and more for less”;
Finalize and circulate a Work Programme of the secretariat to PIDF countries for endorsement;
Establish a Working Group with representatives drawn from all sectors of society to consult, assess and propose options of a Terms of Reference for a long term institutional arrangement of the PIDF for consideration at the 2nd PIDF in 2014;
Make a strong commitment to collaborate on training and capacity building in areas of people-centered green/blue economy;
Align policies to support national development planning processes, recommendations and assistance in mobilizing funding to ensure the people will benefit from this initiative; and
Re-direct investments to create opportunities, especially for the marginalized communities.
The PIDF discussed a selection of various strategic thematic areas of importance to the rebalancing of sustainable development pillars.
The outcomes of these group discussions will be a part of a more developed work plan for the Secretariat.
These issues are listed below as Annex 1.
The Forum endorsed to hold the second PIDF in 2014.