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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will join with the leaders of other Pacific Island nations today to advance regional interests in ensuring sustainable use of ocean and marine resources.
The Pacific Regional Preparatory High-Level Meeting for the United Nations Conference on Oceans that begins in Suva, Fiji, Wednesday.
He said the aim of the meeting was to strengthen support for the implementation of UN sustainable development goal 14, which was to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
“The livelihoods and economic development of our people in the Pacific depend on maintaining sustainable and healthy marine resources,” O’Neill said.
“Leaders from the Pacific will meet in Suva to discuss issues relating to the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 70-303.
“This calls for all UN members, including PNG, to undertake measures for the sustainable use of oceans and seas so that we will have healthy marine environments for generations to come.
“The high-level meeting is to enable Pacific nations to discuss and reach consensus on a draft resolution and call for action to be considered at the UN Conference of Oceans to be held later this year.
“As the largest Pacific Island state, PNG stands with our neighbours, especially small island states, to have our voices heard when all UN members meet on oceans issues.
“Pacific nations have shown strong global leadership and played a leading advocacy role on ocean issues at the United Nations.
“Through the Samoa pathway and other initiatives such as the Pacific Oceanscape, including the Framework of Pacific Regionalism, we continue to maintain momentum.
“This high-level meeting is yet another opportunity.”.
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