18 Aug 2011

Pacific Plan will confront challenges in region says Pacific Forum's Slade

11:13 am on 18 August 2011

Officials representing the member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum have been told the agency's Pacific Plan is the master strategy for confronting the challenges facing the region.

The Forum secretary general, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, has told the officials meeting in Suva that countries learning from each other can identify effective pathways and best practice.

He says the Pacific Plan is the key to this.

Mr Slade says while the region is facing an unprecedented number of challenges, it can be proud of what it's achieved so far.

He says examples include the fisheries sector monitoring and surveillance operations and the peer reviews involving Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Niue under the Forum Compact for Strengthening Development Coordination.

Other achievements in the past year include work to better access and manage climate change funding and further collaboration in the education sector, including a Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability.