THE Pacific Conference of Churches has called for governments to stand together with their people in solidarity on the issue of mining.
At the PCC's 10th General Assembly which ended in Honiara, Solomon Islands at the weekend, delegates spoke about the need to address the negative impacts associated with mining in the Pacific.
"Churches throughout the region will develop specific positions on mining, tourism, fisheries and forestry in a resolution passed in Honiara," a statement read.
This resolution was agreed upon by member churches at the meet, who confirmed that they would stand alongside others in the region who were struggling to deal with the negative impacts of mining in their respective communities.
"Delegates agreed there was a need to facilitate the concerns of members by engaging on the issue with agencies such as the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the Melanesian Spearhead Group," the statement said.
Apart from the issue of mining in the Pacific region, other issues such as HIV/AIDS, seabed mining, nuclear testing and human rights were also discussed at the meeting.