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Jul 19

PM calls for action

LOCALISATION THE TRUE OUTCOME: PM Tuilaepa Sailele Aiono Malielegaoi."Some are satisfied while others feel betrayed. Critics see it as lacking in ambition and selective in its coverage while supporters hail it as an important breakthrough in tune with today's challenges and realities” - PM Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

In the words of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi – “the real measure of what was achieved at the Rio+20 is not in the outcomes document but how these goals are localised when we return home.”

While addressing world leaders in Rio de Janeiro on 22 July, the no-nonsense Pacific Leader said while the outcome is not perfect, “the shortcomings gives Samoa a level of comfort that made his government lend its support.”

"There is never a perfect document, and Rio is not the first time to achieve one. Trying to satisfy everyone's interests is an exercise in futility,” Tuilaepa said. "Some are satisfied while others feel betrayed. Critics see it as lacking in ambition and selective in its coverage while supporters hail it as an important breakthrough in tune with today's challenges and realities. Some lament it as yet another missed opportunity.”

He said no matter how ambitious Rio+20 is, "if we elected leaders are not committed to lead and drive sustainable development, we lose the trust and confidence of partners and our credibility will suffer." Samoa, like Fiji, has put to the table the island nation's interest to host the third international conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in 2014.

Convening the third SIDS international conference is one of the many outcomes of the Rio+20 conference. Parties recognised the need to call a meeting two years after Rio to consider a coordinated, balanced and integrated approach to address the sustainable development challenges of SIDS. It is now up to the United Nations 67th General Session to determine the modalities of the 2014 conference.

"Co-incidentally, 2014 is a significant year for my own government as we will become the first Pacific nation to graduate from being a Least Developed Country (LDC). "While hosting a global meeting is a privilege and an honour, there will be more other equally able countries also bidding. Samoa has nevertheless made known to Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and the Pacific sub region its interest to host this event if given the opportunity,” revealed the Samoan leader. He said it's just hosting a big international conference but an opportunity for Samoa to share its story with the rest of the world.

"It is about primacy and the importance of partnerships that demonstrates Samoa's progress. Moreover, we want to demonstrate that being a SIDS and an LDC should not discourage poor and vulnerable nations from advancing to achieve economic, social and political progress.” Fiji, on the other hand is equally confident of its bid to host the same international gathering, which is expected to bring together over 10,000 delegates.

Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama, also speaking in Rio expressed Fiji's strong interest. 2014 will election year for the military-led Fijian administration. Both governments will now work on their bids in anticipation of the modalities to be set out by the UN General Assembly which meets from September to November every year. Regional action Now that the 'Future We Want' has become a living document for the globe, what happens next for the Pacific? The Head of the UN ESCAP Pacific Office, Iosefa Maiava said the real work begins in the different regions of the world.

The ESCAP Pacific Operations Office was instrumental in convening Pacific PrepCom meetings en route to the Rio+20 conference. Maiava said UNESCAP regional commissions will help compile national inputs into the establishment of sustainable development policies.

"The document is also very clear that green economy for sustainable development and poverty eradication is to be implemented in accordance with certain countries circumstances, which means that it's now up to each country to decide on how it implements the outcomes from Rio, said Maiava.

In addition, regional organisations in the Pacific have been given strong mandate to co-ordinate the implementation of sustainable development at the regional level. "Given those strong mandates, there is a clear role for regional organisations and the UNESCAP regional commission.

There are plans already with regional organisation on how to organise the process developing the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Author: Makereta Komai PACNEWS Editor (Samoa Observer)
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