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Media Release

7th Conference of the Pacific Community

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9th November 2011: The 7th Conference of the Pacific Community takes place in Noumea, New Caledonia this week with the theme “Climate Change and Food Security – Managing Risks for Sustainable Development”. The Fiji delegation to the two day meet includes the Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola as the Head of Delegation and assisted by the Roving Ambassador, Mrs. Litia Mawi.

The Conference follows the 41st Meeting of the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations [CRGA] that was convened in Noumea from 1st to 4th November 2011. The CRGA meeting was chaired by Fiji after the Federated States of Micronesia [FSM] requested if the Vice Chair [Fiji] could preside over the Meeting.

Development priorities of member countries under the Joint Country Strategies dominated the meeting agenda with specific focus on agriculture, education, energy, health, land use, fisheries, forestry, transport, shipping, ICT, statistics and climate change issues and updates.

Amendment to the Tahiti Nui Declaration; the operational policies of the SPC, extension of term for the Director General and the Regional Institutional Framework [RIF] process covered the balance of the agenda items.

Special inclusions include the signing of Memorandum Of Understandings MOUs between SPC and the Pacific Power Association for energy cooperation in the region as well as with the South Pacific Tourism Organization for sustainable tourism development.

The outcomes from the 41st CRGA will be tabled at the Conference for the decisions of the SPC Leaders and Ministers.

In recognition of the 7th Conference theme, a book will also be launched on the “Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change”

The 42nd CRGA is also scheduled for Noumea in November 2012 while the 8th Conference of the Pacific Community is expected to be next convened in 2013.