World Sustainable Development Summit
India, 15 February, 2018: Upon invitation from the Government of India, PIDF was represented by the Secretary General and Team Leader Policy Research & Evaluation in the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) in New Delhi, India, to address the “Effective South South Cooperation under the FIPIC.
The second edition of the World Sustainable Development Summit was remarkable in all aspects and was held in New Delhi, India from 15th to 17th February 2018. The Summit was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and included ministers from Bhutan, Fiji, France, Ghana, Japan, Mongolia, Quebec and India .The Summit sessions were graced by speakers of international repute representing sectors of economy, polity, academia and civil society. Over 21 countries were represented across speakers and delegates.
“Partnership for a Resilient Planet ’’ as the theme of the Summit, was most relevant for PIDF given that one of its main output is Genuine Partnership for the transition of Pacific Countries to Green – Blue Economies. The summit not only provided the space for the PIDF representatives to hear from prestigious speakers and learn from development experts but also have one on one discussions with the respective Indian Government Ministries and other development stakeholders.
One such opportunity was with t the CEO, World Resources Institute India amongst a few others to learn of their respective roles particularly on mainstreaming adaptation into development plans and assistance available for Pacific local governments in developing policies and road maps for electrification of their city and town transport systems.
Secretary General François Martel was part of an intervention panel that discussed effective South-South Cooperation under the Forum for India-Pacific Islands cooperation (FIPIC) focusing on addressing capacity gaps and measures for effective South-South cooperation with PICs.
The summit also allowed the PIDF representatives to foster and strengthen partnerships with organisations sharing similar vision of blue and green Pacific islands such as the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), International Solar Alliance (ISA), and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
The PIDF Secretariat is now in the process to follow up on discussions and to progress the partnership through projects on on the ground activities.