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The Pacific is the world’s largest ocean.
No doubt we all want clear beaches with pristine waters, healthy fishes with safe seafood, and vibrant coastal communities.
That was the message from the Fijian Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau – as he addressed members of the Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for “The Ocean Conference” today.
“Regrettably scientists have revealed that we have reached a point for our ocean and it’s resources and we must act now to reverse this great trend. The 2013 Agenda with Sustainable Development Goal 40 on Ocean represents our stance. It provides a global program that paves the way to humanity to once and for all salvage our ocean from it’s current cyclone decline.”
Koroilavesau says the challenge now for the participants, is to get clarity on how they will work together with a common voice, and share priorities and how they will implement that in their countries.
“The purpose of this regional meeting is to harness all the energy, knowledge and the service of the Pacific Islands fulfilling the targets outlined in SDG 14. We should also be considered of the expectations that have been set out in the Conference modalities resolution 70/303. The Conference will result in a 3 tied outcome which will include a call for action, list of voluntary committees and the co-chain summary of the 7 parties dialogue,” said Koroilavesau.
Koroilavesau also urged the representatives to work together for the benefit of the region.
“Your work on the call for action declaration will capture the universal commitment of conference and must focus on our common purposes faithfully implementing SDG 14.”
WWF Pacific Representative Kesaia Tubunakawai says it’s imperative that there is better management of marine resources not only across the region but the world.
The Pacific regional preparatory meetings will be held over the next three days ending with a Leaders summit on Friday which is expected to include several Heads of State and Prime Ministers.
SOURCE: FIJI TV/FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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