Strategy 2050 redefines Pacific regionalism – FBC News

Despite recent disagreements, the Pacific Islands Forum successfully endorsed and launched the 2050 Strategy for the Pacific Blue Continent yesterday as one of the most crucial meetings drew to a close.

This framework places the Blue Pacific at the center of regional policy-making while strengthening collective action.

Forum outgoing President Voreqe Bainimarama says the document also calls for inspired leadership and long-term commitment.

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“They will see that we are more than the sum of our parts, they must see that even though we are citizens of our own countries and territories, the tides of history have determined that we are one people.”

This framework redefines how the Forum will engage with the world outside our blue continent.

The Forum’s outgoing general secretary, Henry Puna, said this development provides a new narrative for Pacific regionalism.

“Pacific regionalism is more than a collection of activities, it is an expression of our shared vision and ambitions and it is about how we come together to address our common challenges and make the most of build on our common strengths and opportunities.”

Bainimarama says it is imperative to engage with the young people who will inherit the success of this strategy.

“It is also why the Strategy focuses on our ocean and our shared natural and environmental resources as a critical element of strategy under Strategy 2050.”

This binding document will now be a roadmap for the sustainable development of the region.

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