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One significant outcome of the UNESCO INGSA Dialogue on Science and Science Policy for the SDGs in the Pacific SIDS, is the Apia Ministerial Communiqué. The Dialogue was organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA) in collaboration with the Government of New Zealand and the Government of Samoa from 29-30 March in Apia, Samoa.
During the Dialogue, participants from 10 Pacific SIDS, as well as regional and international partners, discussed needs and options for bridging the gaps between science, technology and innovation (ST&I) and policy-making for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Pacific Small Islands Developing States (SIDS).
In the communiqué, Ministers from Samoa, Tonga, Nauru, Vanuatu and Fiji committed themselves to developing comprehensive regional and national comprehensive ST&I policies and policy frameworks that address issues in science education, science advice, and capacities in all ST&I areas, including traditional knowledge. Through the Apia Ministerial Communiqué, the ministers aimed to identify the best ways to take action in future to simultaneously strengthen the dialogue within and outside the Pacific SIDS for the achievement of the SDGs.
Through the Apia Ministerial Communiqué, the Ministers call on UNESCO, in collaboration with members of the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP), to support the Pacific SIDS in their endeavours to implement the commitments made in the communiqué and initiatives arising from the meeting.
Participants in this Dialogue included policymakers, officials and researchers from Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. From among the CROP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) contributed to the Dialogue.
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