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For the first time, the Pacific region has devised its own regional indicators to measure how countries are implementing the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 118 indicators will be discussed at the Pacific Sustainable Multi-stakeholder Dialogue in May in Fiji before it is submitted to Pacific Leaders for their endorsement in September, according to the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
“Driven by political support, an inclusive Pacific SDGs Taskforce (PST) is developing a Pacific SDGs Roadmap 2030 - to guide regional efforts across all SDGs including Goal 14. The Roadmap will identify regional indicators in line with Pacific regional priorities to jointly monitor progress on the SDGs, the Framework for Pacific Regionalism and implementation of the SAMOA Pathway.
It will also assist Member States to embed the SDGs into national planning, budgets, monitoring and reporting processes and identify key elements for the successful implementation of the SDGs in the Pacific at regional and national levels.
In 2015, Pacific Leaders committed themselves to the full implementation of the SDGs, calling for policy coherence in planning, financing, implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda, the SAMOA Pathway and our own Framework for Pacific Regionalism.
She was addressing delegates attending the three day Pacific preparatory meeting for the UN Oceans Conference in New York in June.
Dame Meg who is also the Pacific’s Oceans Commissioner lauded the region’s active participation in shaping the 2030 Agenda and the SAMOA Pathway.
“We should also be proud of our global leadership in championing climate change action and ocean governance and management to support delivery of sustainable development for all our people. The Pacific has been quick to take ownership and leadership by integrating these commitments into national and regional policy responses appropriate to our specific challenges and vulnerabilities.
“What now remains is the need for best practises to be more clearly identified, better disseminated and the focus to be on implementation going forward.
“The region has demonstrated sound and progressive management such as the regional monitoring control and surveillance system which is managed effectively by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), as well as the effective and economically rewarding initiative of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement’s (PNA) Vessel Day Scheme for the purse seine tuna fishery. In addition the LMMA Network which has been adopted by many local communities across the region, to manage their marine areas over which they have user rights or ownership.
Lessons from these experiences, Dame Meg said serve as a valuable template for future sustainable use of our ocean resources.
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