The Pacific Community (SPC) played its part at Oceania 22, the 4th Oceania Sustainable Development Summit, which brought together 15 Pacific nations, the Kingdom of Morocco, representatives of regional and international organisations, traditional leaders and civil society partners in Bourail, New Caledonia  to address sustainable development pathways and climate change issues.

Speaking at the summit, SPC Deputy Director-General, Cameron Diver, reaffirmed the organisation’s long-standing commitment to climate change and sustainable development action, emphasising the paradigm shift required by the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.

Mr Diver urged all partners to work together through strong partnerships in order to offer Pacific Island countries and territories lasting solutions to their development issues.

He restated SPC’s resolute commitment to supporting Pacific Community island members through practical mitigation, adaptation and resilience-building initiatives to cope with the impacts of climate change.

SPC’s Director of Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability, Sylvie Goyet, moderated a session on climate funding, with contributions from experts representing the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the European Investment Bank (EIB) the German Agency for International Development (GIZ) and R20.

Meanwhile, the Director of SPC’s Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division, Moses Amos, stressed the importance of fishing to regional economies and communities, and said ongoing action was needed to address the vulnerability of fisheries to climate change and the dangers of ocean acidification.

Oceania 22 concluded yesterday with the signing of the Bourail Declaration, which highlighted the importance of securing swift ratification of the Paris Agreement to permit the implementation of mitigation and adaptation measures to further address the consequences of climate change.

The summit was organised by the Government of New Caledonia.

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