300 delegates for PIDF meeting
August 30, 2015 7:37 pm
More than 300 delegates have converged in Suva for the week long Pacific Island Development Forum beginning today.
The Leaders Summit will be held later in the week, however numerous seminars and meetings begin today focussing on climate change, economy, Pacific engagement and a range of issues.
PIDF Interim Secretary General Amena Yauvoli confirmed on FBC TV’s 4 The Record Programme last night that this 3rd Summit is significant in that the first ever Charter of the PIDF will be adopted this week.
Until now, the Forum has had limited international persona.
“The organisation was operating under an interim institutional arrangement of which the recognition provided by Fiji as the host country responsibilities as well as giving due recognition in terms of legal gazette in Fiji. What we’re facing challenges with is trying to extend beyond the boundaries of Fiji and that’s what the Charter will do.”
High level delegates include the Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change Ambassador Mary Robinson.
The theme for this year’s summit is Building Climate Resilient Green Blue Pacific Economies.