PIDF is being established because of the following:
A changing global and regional environment requires new approaches to problem solving. Current development model has not worked and the “Green Economy” now provides the preferred pathway to sustainable development. The model of growth and development pursued in the last decades has not delivered the inclusive growth and sustainable development aspired to by our people. Sustainable development through the Green Economy which not only balances but builds on the synergies between economic growth, social inclusion and preservation of the environment will be the major focus of PIDF. This is not a new thing in the Pacific. Pacific Island communities have been living in small island environments for many generations before the advent of colonization and globalisation. Our ability to live and utilise the natural resources available in the region was underpinned by sustainability principles such as equity and balancing resource use and regeneration or living within the carrying capacity of the environment. All these bodies of knowledge and practices have assisted Pacific communities to sustain themselves effectively throughout history without complex technological interventions. PIDF through its focus on the green economy will seek to recapture this pre-existing thinking and development pathway.
Global and regional challenges are complex and interconnected and require expertise, abilities and resources across multiple sectors. One of the most biologically and culturally diverse regions of the world, the Pacific faces a broad range of development challenges. Faced with globalization, climate change and variability, and rapid economic, political and social transformation, Pacific Island countries are at a crossroads – seeking economic growth as well as social and political stability, while retaining and building upon the local and indigenous values, knowledge and technologies that define the region. Articulating and pursuing sustainable development in a setting that is appropriate and unique to the Pacific is an essential element in this quest. PIDF through its focus on the Green Economy and multi-stakeholder partnerships will seek to do this.
Spurned by evolution of the PSIDS NY to Asia-Pacific Group. This new PIDF Grouping has been spurred by a newly evolved scenario on Global Grouping when the PSIDS contribution was recognised at the UN with the re-designation of the Asian Group at the UN as the Asian and Pacific Small Island Developing States Group. This evolution directly aligns PSIDS with some of the biggest players of the Asia-Pacific region, the global powerhouse of the 21st century.
The Rio+20 Conference called for a strengthened institutional framework for sustainable development that can respond coherently and effectively to current and future challenges. It should integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development in a balanced manner, is inclusive, transparent and effective, strengthens coherence and coordination, and finds common solutions to global challenges related to sustainable development. The key elements of a strengthened institutional framework for sustainable development, as envisaged by the Conference, include regional and sub-regional organisations that prioritize sustainable development and promote balanced integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development and which are supported in the effective operationalization and implementation of sustainable development.
Sharing of development experiences through South-South Cooperation, Triangular Development Cooperation. The global landscape of development cooperation has changed drastically in recent years. The era of one way cooperation has become outdated, as countries of the South are engaging in collaborative learning models to share innovative, adaptable and cost-efficient solutions to address their development challenges. Countries of the Pacific for example Nauru, Kiribati, FSM, Tuvalu, Palau, Solomon Islands and Fiji have signed Development Cooperation Agreements to work collaboratively in a wide range of areas. Some of them such as Fiji are providing Teachers under the Fiji Volunteer Scheme to assist Nauru and RMI. PIDF will accelerate such South-South Cooperation.
PIDF offers the following advantages:
- A more transparent & inclusive political platform;
- The ability to develop a more comprehensive & interactive analysis of the issues than any one stakeholder group can achieve;
- The ability to help governments and civil society stakeholders to work with markets and business to deliver public goods;
- The ability to leverage additional financial resources by bringing together public and private sources of finance;
- The ability to bring coalitions of progressive actors together to support one another’s progress;
- Enhance the PSIDS in their preparations for the SIDS Global Conference in 2014;
- Reinforce PSIDS collective effort for the MDG Acceleration Framework towards 2015;
- Consolidate PSIDS distinctive stance on the Post 2015 Global/Sustainable Development Goals;
- Stimulate transparent and inclusive decision making thereby contributing to improved governance;
- Help create the conditions for confidence building and trust between different actors and serve as a mechanism for providing mutually acceptable solutions and win-win situations;
- Promotes a greater sense of ownership over outcomes, and consequently, strengthens its sustainability.
The following sets PIDF apart from existing spaces for dialogue in the region:
1. Inclusivity, Participatory, Integrative;
- Multi-level: International, regional, sub-regional,national, sub-national
- Multi-stakeholder: Public & Private sectors &CSOs
- Multi-sector: Environment, economic, social
2. Focus on Green Economy as pathway to sustainable development;
3. Promotion of South-South Cooperation amongst PSIDS.