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Joint Assertion on Companions within the Blue Pacific International Ministers Assembly

The textual content of the next assertion was launched by the Governments of the US of America, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the UK on the event of the Companions within the Blue Pacific International Ministers Assembly September 22, 2022.

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On September 22, 2022, Ministers and representatives of Companions within the Blue Pacific members and observers and Pacific Ministers met to debate progress in implementing Companions within the Blue Pacific. This follows a briefing by Companions within the Blue Pacific with Members of the Pacific Islands Discussion board (PIF) at a senior officers’ degree.

Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the UK, and the US welcomed Germany and Canada’s elevated focus and dedication to real partnership with the Pacific and their announcement of intent to hitch the Companions within the Blue Pacific. Companions bolstered that this inclusive, casual mechanism shall be guided by the PIF’s 2050 Technique for the Blue Pacific Continent and current Pacific regional structure. This included ongoing engagement and session with the PIF and respect for the idea of Pacific regionalism and associated regional mechanisms, sovereignty, transparency, accountability, and we’re dedicated to being led and guided by the Pacific islands.

Companions famous that the Companions within the Blue Pacific goals to help the Pacific area and its priorities extra successfully and effectively. Collectively and individually, our nations will improve our current efforts to help Pacific priorities. Working along with the PIF and in response to the upcoming implementation plan for the 2050 Technique, we are going to map current tasks and plan future ones, looking for to drive sources, take away duplication, and shut gaps, which can keep away from better burdens and misplaced alternatives for Pacific governments and Pacific peoples. In parallel, every of our governments will proceed to extend the ambition of our particular person efforts within the area and in alignment with nationwide and regional objectives and priorities.

Six potential Traces of Effort and preliminary tasks for PBP have been mentioned, aligned with the thematic areas of the Discussion board’s 2050 Technique. Contributors agreed to additional dialogue forward of finalizing the Traces of Effort. The Traces of Effort mentioned have been:

  • Local weather Change Resilience, Adaptation, and Disasters
  • Safe and Resilient Expertise and Connectivity
  • Safety of the Ocean and Atmosphere
  • Folks Centered Growth
  • Assets and Financial Growth
  • Political Management and Regionalism

Contributors mentioned some potential initiatives that may very well be thought-about initially beneath the casual, inclusive Companions within the Blue Pacific. These included: Pacific humanitarian warehousing to preposition humanitarian and emergency provides as agreed by PIF Ministers on the inaugural Pacific Catastrophe Danger Discount Ministers Assembly in Nadi; an annual Pacific cyber capability convention; additional help to the Pacific Local weather Change Heart in Samoa; and help to entry local weather finance. Contributors agreed to additional dialogue of potential initiatives in 2022 based mostly on most popular timeframes of the Pacific Islands.

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Companions additional dedicated to working with the area to think about extra potential initiatives for Pacific session and consideration, together with in areas corresponding to training and scholarships, infrastructure, gender, and countering Unlawful, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Companions dedicated to common and ongoing engagement with Pacific Island governments, the PIF and different Council of Regional Organizations within the Pacific (CROP) businesses, and to periodic engagement to assessment and information implementation in partnership with the Pacific in alignment with the views of the Pacific Islands.

Companions dedicated to common, enduring engagement and session with Discussion board members on Companions within the Blue Pacific to make sure it meets Pacific priorities. Companions bolstered their long-term dedication to the Pacific and to making sure that this casual, inclusive mechanism delivers sensible, tangible outcomes aligned with current regional structure and guided by the Pacific at each stage.

*Attendees included representatives from Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Japan, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, the UK, the US, and Vanuatu, in addition to Canada, France, Germany, India, Republic of Korea, the Pacific Islands Discussion board, and the European Union of their observing capability.

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