SUVA is the first regional capital to host the first UN-Nippon Foundation Pacific Island States Alumni Meeting.
Organised by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the meet highlighted the importance of ocean governance in the Pacific Islands region and the need to utilise local counterparts.
In a PIFS statement issued on Monday, secretary general Tuiloma Neroni Slade said this was an opportune time for Pacific island countries to build and tap into the expanding pool of home-grown oceans expertise in the region.
"It is important that we foster and effectively utilise this expertise to the challenges of effectively managing and conserving our Pacific oceans," Mr Slade said in his address.
"It is the ocean which exerts critical forcing influence on the global climate system and bio-diversity and the economic factors impacting on world food security, transportation, tourism and so much else."
He acknowledged the role played by small island countries in pushing for better ocean management globally.
"I believe that small island developing states (SIDS) can claim some significant credit for this recognition, for they have tirelessly and effectively championed the ocean issue in all manner of international fora.
"The ocean requires global governance and understanding to ensure its long-term health and wellbeing and prosperity for all."