Pacific Organizations Discuss Increased Cooperation in Climate-related Assistance

13 October 2010: The Chief Executives of the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) have agreed to renew efforts in cooperating to address regional climate change issues.

At the inaugural CROP Executives Committee Meeting on Climate Change, which convened on 12 October 2010, in Nadi, Fiji, the Chief Executive Officers of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the Secretariat to the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Forum Fisheries Agency, University of the South Pacific, South Pacific Tourism Organization, Pacific Islands Applied Geo-science Commission and the most senior representative on climate change from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, met to discuss increased cooperation in supporting country efforts to address the impacts of climate change. The meeting was co-chaired by Secretary General of the PIFS and the Director of the SPREP.

Among the next steps identified by the Committee are: greater joint programming and information sharing; improved communication on delivering advice to Pacific island countries; and more effective delivery in addressing climate change. The meeting is expected to provide input to the Forum Economic Ministerial Meeting, scheduled in late October 2010, to discuss climate financing. [PIFS Press Release]