43rd Pacific Islands Forum in Cook Islands: Australian contributions welcomed
Posted 13/09/2012 by Nina Markovic
The annual 43rd Pacific Islands Forum
took place in Cook Islands from 27 to 31 August 2012, bringing together 16 Heads of Government, including Australia, and observing international institutions. This was also the first regional leaders’ meeting discussing implications for the Pacific Island states of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
The final communiqué
underlined the importance of Australia’s ongoing contributions in:
Australia’s new contributions were especially acknowledged, including:
- A$58 million over four years to support FICs with improved data on weather, climate and sea levels to inform climate change adaptation planning, as well as new support for communities to build resilience to natural disasters;
- A$85 million over four years to strengthen tertiary education across the region, with a priority on engineering, construction, maritime transport, education and health; and
- A$320 million over ten years in new funding for the Pacific Gender Equality Initiative, which Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced on 30 August 2012.
The Pacific Island Forum leaders also expressed unanimous support for Australia’s candidature for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for the term 2013–2014. The voting in the United Nations General Assembly on this issue will take place in October 2012.
The annual 44th Pacific Islands Forum will be hosted by the Republic of Marshall Islands in 2013. Fiji’s participation at the forum has remained suspended
(since 2 May 2009) following a political and constitutional crisis
and the postponement of parliamentary elections until September 2014.
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