Pacific Resilience Meeting Focus on Strengthened Capacity of Pacific People

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    The Pacific Resilience Meeting (PRM 2023) is bringing together Pacific people, stakeholders, and experts from across the region to dialogue on building long-term strength, adaptability and sustainability of Pacific communities and ecosystems from 11-13 October 2023.

    Building resilience to secure the future of the region through proactive measures, collaboration, and the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage and knowledge will be at the core of discussions at PRM 2023

    The theme for this year’s meeting is “Our People, Our Strength: Securing our Future”; emphasising Pacific people at the center of building resilience. The three-day event will be hosted on a virtual platform and at national venues across 15 countries.

    Held every two years, the meeting will elevate resilience initiatives, issues, and opportunities for a various range of stakeholders from community representatives to Pacific Leaders, decision-makers, regional and global institutions and partners towards Pacific-led resilience and well-being. It will also include discussions on best practices, challenges, and experiences in relation to the Framework of Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP).

    “The PRM is the regional platform that connects all of us – across the many disciplines, sectors, and stakeholders – recognising that achieving our sustainable and resilient development aspirations is everyone’s responsibility, and where everyone’s efforts and contribution count as we strive towards a common goal of securing the future of our Blue Pacific region,” said Chair of the Pacific Resilience Partnership Taskforce and Chief Executive Officer of Samoa’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lealaisalanoa Frances Brown Reupena.

    The Meeting will feature:

    *3 daily plenaries – with an opening session, including an address Mark Brown, Prime Minister of Cook Islands;
    *12 technical sessions;
    *3 daily learning labs.

    As part of the leadup to this meeting, Pacific youth hosted a successful hybrid Youth Forum on 6th October; discussing how young people are taking action to contribute towards a more resilient Pacific, reflecting on the last forum in 2021, and what they would like to see as outcomes at PRM 2023.

    PRM is coordinated by the The Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP) which is the umbrella implementation mechanism for the Framework for Resilience Development in the Pacific (FRDP) and was established in 2017. The PRP support unit consists of the Pacific Community (SPC), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

    National Hubs have been set up in Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

    SOURCE: PIFS/PACNEWS