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Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, July 06, 2013

REPRESENTATIVES from Pacific Small Island Developing States will meet in Nadi next week to discuss challenges faced by the region.

Outcomes from the three-day forum will be presented at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States which will be held in Apia, Samoa in September next year.

In its national assessment report which will be presented to the forum, Fiji highlighted a number of priority areas.

These include strengthening governance as a platform for sustainable growth and future prosperity and combating the root causes of human trafficking.

Other priorities include building capacity in social protection, equitable access to water, social and cultural impact of information and communications technology among other challenges.

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States was initiated by the United Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20 after the forum recognised the importance of a co-ordinated, balanced and integrated effort to address sustainable development challenges.

The Pacific Small Islands Developing States preparatory meeting will be held from July 10-12 at the Radisson Blu Resort on Denarau Island.