Date: 7 September 2016
Pohnpei – Micronesian civil society representatives have called on Pacific leaders to develop a framework for Climate Mobility as a solution for climate induced migration.
More than 50 CSO representatives from Australia, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, Marshall islands, Nauru and Samoa issued the call at the end of their two day Micronesia Civil Society Roundtable Forum in Pohnpei, FSM yesterday.
“We urge that the issue of climate induced migrations be addressed urgently. This meeting further affirms CSO calls for Pacific Leaders to initiate solutions with a view to developing a framework for climate mobility,” the participants said in the forum’s outcome document.
This, the participants said, would enable Pacific people to migrate with justice and dignity addressing culture, spirituality, traditional practices and national identity.
Civil Society leaders however commended Pacific leaders for their leadership and commitment to seeing the Paris agreement through.
The forum participants also discussed the challenges posed by the sense of disconnect faced by Micronesian and Northern Pacific CSOs in their work.
“In discussing the Framework for Pacific Regionalism, the SAMOA Pathway and Agenda 2030, civil society leaders called for greater inclusion across the whole of the Pacific, allowing for greater participation, partnerships and collaboration between the North Pacific, West Pacific and South Pacific.”
“The roundtable delegates reflected on the existing gaps between the different Pacific sub-regions, calling for outreach and genuine partnerships.”
“Following on from the discussions around Agenda 2030, civil society delegates acknowledged that existing structures and mechanisms, such as the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness provided key modalities to ensure that no one is left behind.”
This the forum stated would be realised through the inclusion of sectoral groups specifically youth, women and feminist groups, persons living with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, labour, faith-based organisations, migrants/ diaspora and geographical umbrella bodies.
“Key issues raised included youth employment, aging, violence against women and children, teenage pregnancy, and sports as a tool for peace and development. On decolonisation and self-determination, the case of West Papua and the Compact of Free Association for the Northern Pacific were brought to the attention of the meeting.”
The roundtable participants reiterated their commitment to building capacity of the civil society sectors, so that it can be truly responsive and responsible in addressing various island community issues.
The forum which has been supported financially by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the European Union ended with the handover of an outcomes document to the PIFs secretary general, Dame Meg Taylor yesterday (Tuesday).
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