13 Apr 2015

Pacific leaders meet to ensure regional voice heard at UN

6:44 am on 13 April 2015

Pacific leaders have met to ensure the region has a strong voice, and its priorities are reflected, when members of the United Nations set global development goals later this year.

In September this year, member states of the United Nations will meet in New York to endorse new global sustainable development goals, known as the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The UN Population Fund's Pacific director, Laurent Zessler, says a meeting was called to make sure the region is fully heard in this global process.

"They want to make sure that climate change related issues are reflected. They want to make sure also that their priorities, in terms of social priorities, are reflected. In our case we talk about gender related issues, empowerment of women, that young people have a voice, they want to make sure that this is reflected in the global agenda."

Dr Zessler says the Pacific can advance the global agenda if it has a united voice.

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The flags of Pacific island countries Photo: RNZ