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Pacific progresses partnerships for water and sanitation at the 7th World Water Forum

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17 April 2015, Gyeongju - World Water ForumPacific representatives at the 7th World Water Forum in Gyeongju, Korea, have stressed the importance of effective partnerships to the region achieving development goals for water and sanitation.

The World Water Forum, held every three years, brings together Governments, international organisations and civil society to progress solutions to the world’s most pressing water and sanitation issues.

While the recent impacts of cyclones made participation difficult for many in the Pacific, representation by the Governments of Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa ensured that Pacific issues and solutions were communicated to Forum delegates.

Messages from the Pacific were further supported at a side session convened by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Water and Sanitation Programme, enabling dialogue on issues affecting the water security of Small Island Developing States.

In addressing the Ministerial process of the Forum, the Hon Faamoetauloa Lealaiauloto Dr Faale Tumalii MP, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment for Samoa, highlighted the region’s success in applying Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approaches to addressing water and sanitation issues.

“IWRM has a lot of benefits for the small island states of the Pacific, and it is our hope that development partners will continue to be more involved in strengthening water and sanitation approaches,” the Hon Minister said.

 

The Hon Ben Micah MP, Minister for Public Enterprise and State Investments for PNG, stressed the key role of civil society in increasing people’s access to safe water and sanitation, urging delegates to actively engage non-government organisations as “partners for human needs”.

Addressing the Forum’s parliamentarian process, the Hon Dr Jiko Luveni, Speaker of the Parliament of Fiji, reaffirmed the status of safe water and sanitation as a fundamental human right, while also noting the particular challenges facing Pacific island communities.

“Water is vital for the life and health of our people and ecosystems, and the challenges that our Government has are substantial, especially relating to climate adaptation and managing risks,” the Hon Dr Luveni said.

Participants in the SPC side session reviewed emerging regional data on levels of access to safe water and sanitation, including estimates that only about half the population of the Pacific currently has access to an improved drinking water supply, while only one-third has access to improved sanitation.

Participants also explored how new and existing partnerships can be harnessed to support movement towards universal access to safe water and sanitation, as the Pacific prepares for the ambitious targets of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has a Water and Sanitation Programme that works across the region to assist Pacific island countries and territories demonstrate the benefits of improved water and sanitation management on the ground.  More information on water management in the Pacific can be found at www.pacificwater.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:40  

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President of the Republic Of Palau, His Excellency Johnson Toribiong, National Authorising Officer, Darren Fritz, Distinguished Guests, Ladies & Gentlemen

On behalf of the Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Dr. Jimmie, Rodgers, I extend a warm welcome to all who are here to witness this occasion. This unveiling ceremony of a plaque to recognise the key stakeholders in the establishment of this National Emergency Operations Centre in Palau. The key stakeholders namely the Government and people of Palau as beneficiaries, the European Union as the development partner, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (more commonly referred to as the SPC) as your facilitating regional organisation.

Mr President, It gives me great pleasure to be here today to participate in this important ceremony. I am accompanied by Mr Amena Yauvoli the Manager of the SPC North Pacific Regional Office, he of course is well known to many of you.

I have had the privilege over many years to 2005 to work with Palau in my capacity as Deputy Director of SOPAC, then the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission. In March 2007, I was here as a consultant for SOPAC, and my mission was to work with the Office of the Vice President and staff of the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO), to develop the implementation plan for a Project which included the construction of a National  Emergency Operations Centre. In my capacity here today as the Director of SOPAC, now the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division of the SPC, it gives me a unique pleasure to be able witness the completion of this building.