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By Pita Ligaiula in Apia, Samoa
The Chairman of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) has called on Pacific leaders to exert their influence in accessing Green Climate Fund.
Speaking at a press conference in Apia, after their meeting with the Forum Leaders today, Howard Politini said the region should use Fiji’s COP23 Presidency as leverage to access the funds.
“The funding that is become available under the Green Climate Fund it is difficult to access for small Island states.
“So I pleaded with the leaders because it comes through government level, they would have to negotiate for this to try to use their influence particularly that we have the COP23 chairmanship in the Pacific the most vulnerable through Fiji.
“But to use that as a leverage to try and simplify the process so that those funds which will benefit not only private sector but government, private sector, infrastructure and all civil societies are made more accessible,” said Politini.
Meanwhile, the Pacific Islands Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO) labelled the meeting today with the leaders as historic.
“This morning we witness an historic first in that we all have 18 leaders from the Pacific in the room. Civil Societies and NGOs presented what we felt after weeks of discussion and dialogue and coming together with three major key areas that were of concern to us.
“Deep sea mining, non-communicable diseases and peace and security,” said PIANGO board chairwoman Sarah Thomas – Nedegog.
She said Nauru President Baron Waqa has indicated they will also have Leader’s session with CSOs and Non-governmental organisation (NGOS) during the Forum Leaders meeting in 2018
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