Pacific SIDS Ambassadors Work on Safeguarding Oceans

New York
Thursday, October 24, 2013

The New York-based Ambassadors of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) met today to discuss joint action on safeguarding the World's Oceans.  The action is being taken in relation to the United Nations formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the World's Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Fiji's representative at the meeting, Ambassador Peter Thomson, said that PSIDS Missions are working to include an SDG to achieve healthy, productive and resilient oceans.  He said that PSIDS Missions have established a working group that has been putting together the key elements of the proposed Oceans SDG.

Ambassador Thomson reported that the proposed SDG has three targets : achieving healthy fish stocks, achieving a healthy marine environment, and realizing the economic benefits of sustainable development of marine resources.   The Oceans SDG is being designed to formulate actionable measures to achieve the overall goal of safeguarding the health of the world's oceans.

Faced with the perils associated with ocean acidification, with the diminishment of fish stocks as a result of over-fishing and illegal and unreported fishing, and with ongoing pollution impacting on marine eco-systems, Ambassador Thomson said that PSIDS had agreed failure is not an option in having the Oceans SDG adopted next year.  He acknowledged that there is heavy  international competition in agreeing on what SDGs should be agreed upon for the Post-2015 Development Agenda but said that PSIDS were determined the Oceans SDG be put in place to safeguard the future health of the world's oceans.

The PSIDS represented at the UN in New York are : Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.  The PSIDS Chair is Ambassador Robert Aisi of the PNG Mission to the UN.  

Pacfic SIDS Ambassadors in New York

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