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Priority regional issues

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

PACIFIC Small Islands Developing States delegates have been urged to press on and impress upon their leaders the priority areas of the outcomes document drafted at the SIDS recent preparatory meeting in Nadi.

Finance Ministry permanent secretary Filimoni Waqabaca said priority areas must be amplified when the SIDS gather at the Third International Conference in Apia, Samoa next year.

"Despite the diversity of issues that confront our countries, I am proud of the spirit with which you have agreed and crafted the language of this document to appropriately portray the needs of our people in a simple yet concise, action-oriented and forward-looking manner," he said.

"We can all attest to the cross-sectoral effects of climate change and how we need immediate solutions.

"NCDs are real, accounting for 95 per cent of fatalities in our region."

Mr Waqabaca said the outcomes document must be communicated at appropriate forums and actioned accordingly at national level.

"I am confident that our issues will be effectively tabled in Barbados next month, and eventually in Samoa next year, with the hope that they will find their way into the final political document," he said.

The three regions of the SIDS will converge on Barbados at the end of August with their outcome documents.