PREPARATIONS are on track in Solomon Islands as the Government gears up to host the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit next month (July).
Solomon Islands is hosting the first Pacific Islands Development Forum Leaders’ Summit since the entry into force of its Charter on 4 September 2015.
Since then, the new Secretariat has increased its member-ship, advocated its flagship Suva Declaration for Climate Change at the COP21 in Paris, and builds its organizational structure together with new partnerships towards the implementation of its mandate on sustainable development through green and blue economies.
The Leaders’ Summit oversees the functioning and development of the PIDF and will approve policies, the strategic plan, budget and work programmes of PIDF for the years to come.
Climate resilience and follow-up on the Paris agreement in preparation for COP22 of the UNFCCC will remain a key topic of discussion during the Summit.
Chair of the Solomon Islands National Organising Committee, Rence Sore said his members are working extremely well and that logistics and services needed to host the Summit in July is on track.
“I am impressed with our preparations so far and I believe we will meet all our hosting requirements prior to the arrival of leaders and delegates in Honiara,” Mr Sore said.
This year, the theme of the Summit will be “Stewardship for Healthy Oceans and Healthy Nations”.
The Summit will also include a special session on the Blue Economy to initiate the Pacific Islands leaders’ preparation for the First Triennial UN Conference on Oceans and Seas to be held in Fiji in June 2017.
The Summit runs from July 12 – 13.
Source: PM Press