FIJI and other Pacific Island nations need to keep sharing and promoting the message of green growth and sustainable environment.
This was the view of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) project co-ordinator Feiloakitau Tevi which he shared at a public lecture organised by the USP's Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development.
Mr Tevi said Pacific Island nations needed to keep this issue alive.
"I think we are laying down the building blocks towards a more sustainable Pacific region," he said.
"But we need to continue to persist in sharing and promoting that message because if we don't then who else will do it? We cannot give in and give up.
"We need to get behind the message about sustainable development. It's an issue of life and death for us. If we don't talk about sustainable development, the first county to sink and be affected by unsustainable development will be us."
Mr Tevi said Pacific Island nations were now taking a holistic approach to sustainable development.
"In Vanuatu, they are starting off with a national development plan that's more focused on sustainable development and environment than the previous development plan."