India attends the Blue Pacific event as an observer to the United States
India, as an observer, attended the Blue Pacific Partners (PBP) Foreign Ministers Meeting, during which the partners aimed to support the Pacific region and pledged to work with the region to consider other potential initiatives, particularly in areas such as education and infrastructure.
Issuing a joint statement, PBP ministers and representatives, together with observers and ministers from the Pacific, met on September 22 to discuss progress in the implementation of the PBP.
Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States welcomed Germany’s and Canada’s increased attention and commitment to a true partnership with the Pacific and their intention to join the Blue Pacific Partners.
Partners emphasized that this inclusive and informal mechanism will be guided by the FIP 2050 Strategy for the Pacific Blue Continent and the existing Pacific regional architecture.
This included continued engagement and consultation with the PIF and respect for the concept of Pacific regionalism and related regional mechanisms, sovereignty, transparency, accountability, and we are committed to being led and guided by the islands. of the Pacific, according to the statement issued by the British government. .
Partners noted that Blue Pacific Partners aim to support the Pacific region and its priorities more effectively and efficiently. Together and individually, our countries will strengthen our current efforts to support Pacific priorities.
Together with the PIF and in response to the upcoming Strategy 2050 implementation plan, we will map existing projects and plan for future ones, seeking to generate resources, eliminate duplication and fill gaps, which will will avoid heavier burdens and lost opportunities for the Pacific. governments and peoples of the Pacific.
In parallel, each of our governments will continue to increase the ambition of our individual efforts in the region and in alignment with national and regional goals and priorities.
Six forward-looking lines of effort and initial projects for the PBP were discussed, aligned with the thematic areas of the Forum’s 2050 Strategy. The participants agreed to continue the dialogue before finalizing the lines of effort.
Lines of effort discussed include – Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation and Disasters, Secure and Resilient Technology and Connectivity, Ocean and Environmental Protection, People Centered Development, resources and economic development and political leadership and regionalism.
The statement further indicates that participants discussed some potential initiatives that could be considered initially as part of the informal and inclusive partners of the Blue Pacific.
These included — humanitarian warehousing in the Pacific to pre-position humanitarian and emergency supplies, as agreed by FIP Ministers at the inaugural meeting of Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Ministers in Nadi; an annual conference on cyber capabilities in the Pacific; additional support to the Pacific Climate Change Center in Samoa; and support to access climate finance.
Participants agreed to continue discussions on potential initiatives in 2022 based on preferred Pacific Island timelines. The partners further committed to work with the region to consider other potential initiatives for consultation and review in the Pacific, including in areas such as education and scholarships, infrastructure, gender and control. against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Partners committed to regular and ongoing engagement with Pacific Island governments, the PIF and other Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) agencies, and periodic engagement to review and guide implementation in partnership with the Pacific in accordance with the views of the Pacific Islands. Partners are committed to regular and sustained engagement and consultation with members of the Blue Pacific Partners Forum to ensure they are addressing Pacific priorities.
The partners have strengthened their long-term commitment to the Pacific and to ensuring that this informal and inclusive mechanism delivers practical and tangible results aligned with the existing regional architecture and Pacific-led at every step, the statement said.
In addition to India, participants included representatives from Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Japan, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, United Kingdom, United States United States and Vanuatu, as well as Canada, France, Germany, Republic of Korea , the Pacific Islands Forum and the European Union were also featured there, according to the statement.