Backgounder: Key outcome of 41st Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting
2010-08-10 12:28

PORT VILA, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- The 41st Pacific Islands Forum meeting was held in the Vanutu capital of Port Vila on Aug. 3-6. The following are the key outcomes of Port Vila Declaration adopted by the Forum leaders:

The Forum leaders welcomed and endorsed the Port Vila Declaration on Accelerating Progress on the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

The communique highlighted that climate change remains the greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and well-being of the peoples of the Pacific.

It stressed that the degree of urgency for real commitments to emissions reduction must be commensurate with the science and associated impacts of Climate Change on the most vulnerable communities. It called for a meaningful legally binding agreement on emissions reduction to be reached urgently.

The Leaders adopted a set of principles to promote more effective coordination and implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation actions

Leaders acknowledged with appreciation the 6.8 billion yen (66 million U.S. dollars) Pacific Environment Community Fund (PEC Fund) provided to the Forum Island Countries by the Government of Japan, under the PALM 5 outcomes for solar power generation and sea water desalination projects in the region.

Leaders commended the efforts of the Forum Secretariat in implementing the Cairns Compact noting this activity had been effective in providing a baseline on efforts to strengthen development coordination in the region.

Leaders reaffirmed the urgent and ongoing need for the effective and coordinated implementation of policy measures and practical responses aimed at supporting Pacific island countries' development efforts in alleviating adverse effects of the global financial and economic crises, with the objective of building sustained economic resilience in the Pacific.

Leaders also reaffirmed the Pacific Plan priorities for 2010-2013 as adopted at last year's Forum meeting.

Leaders welcomed progress made on PACER (Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations) Plus negotiations. Leaders also endorsed the Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific and noted ongoing developments on labor mobility in the region.

Leaders noted the report of the Chair of the Ministerial Contact Group (MCG) on Fiji and commended the continuing efforts to encourage and support Fiji's early return to parliamentary democracy. Leaders also expressed their continuing deep concern at the serious political and economic challenges facing Fiji and reiterated the clear commitment from all Forum members to continue to offer Fiji their assistance to encourage full restoration of parliamentary democracy.

Leaders noted with appreciation the interest expressed by the President of the Government of New Caledonia in eventual full membership of the Forum and requested the Forum Secretariat to explore further with New Caledonia ways in which its engagement and role within the Forum could be expanded and enhanced.

Leaders welcomed the offer by the government of New Zealand to host the 2011 Forum from Sept.6-9 2011 which will also mark the 40th anniversary of the Pacific Islands Forum.