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“WE CANNOT SOLVE TODAYS DEVELOPMENT PROBLEMS USING THE SAME DEVELOPMENT MODEL THAT CREATED THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE”

The Head of the Division that looks after the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand at the US State Department in Washington DC heard today that the development challenges facing the Pacific need to be addressed innovatively.

During a meeting this afternoon at the PIDF Secretariat in Suva between a delegation from the US State Department headed by J. Paul Reid, Director, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US State Department, Washington DC and the Pacific Island Development Forum Secretariat the PIDF reminded that if the world is to move away from emissions intensive development that is threatening the future of the Pacific a new economic model needs to be followed.

“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.”
“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.”

Explaining its unique place in the regional architecture the PIDF stated:

“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 also 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.”
“Given that the kinds of stresses or crises the Pacific face are systemic in nature, we have to be careful that the dysfunctional parts of the systems that can be fixed through technical and financial solutions are not fixed in isolation from each other and from their larger normative context.”

Visiting the PIDF Secretariat this afternoon were: 

  • Paul Reid

Director

Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

U.S. Department of State

Washington, DC 20520

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  • Ray R. Sudweeks

Pacific Islands Desk Officer

Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

U.S. Department of State

Washington, DC 20520

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  • Nathan Carter

First Secretary Political/Economic Chief

Embassy of the United States of America

158 Princes Rd, Tamavua

Suva, Fiji

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  • Eric Aldrich, MPH

Second Secretary

Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu

Embassy of the United States of America

Suva, Fiji

 

 

  • Sandeep K. Singh

Regional Environment & Climate Change

Policy Specialist

U.S. Embassy, Suva

 

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Front row: PIDF Staff Litia Sevakasiga, J. Paul Reid, Sandeep K. Singh & PIDF Staff Peni Lomaloma.                                   Back row: Eric Aldrich, MPH, Ray R. Sudweeks, Nathan Carter

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