The Pacific Community (SPC) offers its congratulations to the newly elected President of France, Emmanuel Macron.

Following the election on Sunday, Macron, leader of the “En Marche” political movement, will become the 8th President of France’s 5th Republic.

Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga congratulated Mr Macron on his win with assurances of SPC’s continued focus of delivering important, relevant and first class work in the Pacific.

France is one of SPC’s founding Member States and has supported the Pacific Community’s pursuit of sustainable development through its technical and scientific expertise in the Pacific region,” Dr Colin Tukuitonga said.

“This year marks SPC’s 70th anniversary and France has played a major role in providing financial and governance support over the past seven decades. We look forward to strengthening our historical ties with France and with the new President,” Dr Tukuitonga said.

“The President-elect has shown incredible support for the Paris Agreement and for climate action around the world. The Pacific region is highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Working to prevent risks linked to the impacts of climate change, including extreme meteorological events like cyclones or tropical storms, climate variability and accelerated sea-level rise, are all crucial issues for all small island states of the Pacific,” added Dr Tukuitonga.

SPC’s Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Programme (CCES) leads and develops support in this area throughout the Pacific.

The team are committed to reinforcing technical assistance and strategic coordination to design and implement climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in the region in partnership with SPC’s members and donors.

France has played a key role in building the SPC CCES programme through funding pledged for the position of Director by President Francois Hollande during his visit to SPC Headquarters in November 2014.

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