Forum Chief Lists Five Priority Issues For Pacific Regionalism

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Focused effort should make practical, positive difference: Taylor

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Aug. 13, 2015) – The head of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has presented five priority issues for leaders to address in regards to greater regionalism.

The issues were identified by the recently created Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism and have been presented to the Forum Officials Committee meeting in Suva.

[PIR editor’s note: RNZI reported that ‘Fiji has re-engaged with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat at the most senior officials level this week after a six year gap. ... A Fiji Government delegation attended the Forum's Officials Committee meeting which has been setting the agenda for the leaders' summit next month in Papua New Guinea.’]

In May the Sub-Committee called for public proposals and received 68 proposals.

Dame Meg Taylor says the issues raised reflected community expectations of the role Forum leaders could play.

The five issues are increased economic returns from fisheries and maritime surveillance; climate change and disaster risk management; information and communication technology; West Papua and cervical cancer.

She reminded the officials of the important role they play and said this means focussing more sharply on high priority issues and on the delivery of results that make practical and positive differences.

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