Oceans Conference

Pacific’s missed opportunity at Oceans Conference

Instead, the final Call to Action adopted by leaders the first UN Oceans conference in June ‘continues to perpetuate the myth that we are weak and small and need to be treated differently’.
Dr Aqorau, who is a former CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), said Pacific and other Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) need to change this mindset because the current myth of smallness and we need special help is ‘undermining’ the value of their natural capital.

Fiji and Sweden to host oceans conference

Fiji's prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, says Fiji will co-host the first of five triennial conferences in an attempt to help drive momentum to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goal on oceans.

The Fiji Times reports Mr Bainimarma saying the Pacific Islands were deeply concerned because they see the declining health of the ocean every day.

The Sustainable Development Goal for oceans prescribes different targets for reducing marine pollution, ending illegal and unregulated overfishing, and protecting marine and coastal ecosystems.