Smaller Island States

Effective collaboration with SIS crucial to regional tourism development

At a meeting between the SPTO and SIS members convened in Port Vila, Vanuatu, the countries agreed on a number of priorities including tourism marketing, capacity building, cruise tourism development, air and sea links and tourism investment, to name a few. These priorities have been identified as crucial areas requiring development and funding support and the SPTO has been urged to explore news to support and collaborate with its SIS members which face unique vulnerabilities due to their remote location.

Fiji COP 23 Presidency a tremendous opportunity for SIS voice to be heard

And, Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor said linking oceans to climate change is crucial for the Pacific.

“I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for us and the Prime Minister of Fiji has assured this in his discussions with Pacific Leaders a couple of months ago. Holding Paris together is really important in terms of the temperature rises. For us its 1.5 degrees. 

“Linking oceans to climate change is a big one for the Pacific. For us the two issues are not separate. In the Paris Agreement there was reference to Oceans but it’s not strong enough.

Address climate change loss and damage – SIS leaders

Leaders of Cook Island, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru Palau and Tuvalu meet at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby ahead of the Pacific Island Leaders’ Summit this week.

The Niue government was not present as their team  is yet to arrive in Port Moresby.

In a press conference they issued a special declaration on climate change that demanded the world limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and that countries uphold the principle of "polluter pays".