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Tonga hosts Pacific regional preparatory meeting for the midterm review of the SAMOA Pathway

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa ,19/06/2018

The Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Mid-Term Review of the SAMOA Pathway was officially opened this morning by the Prime Minister – ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

The regional meeting is being hosted by Tonga and co-organised by the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States as well as other UN agencies and partners.

H.E Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu, the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, highlighted in a press conference, the purpose of conducting this mid-term review of the SAMOA Pathway.

“We are now approaching five years of implementing this programme of action and the time has come to review progress being made. Throughout the next three days, officials from the Pacific small island developing States, inter-governmental organisations as well as the United Nations system will be sharing best practices and lessons learned in implementing the SAMOA Pathway so far. Discussions are also expected to identify gaps in implementation, the areas where countries are lagging behind, as well as formulating regional priorities and future actions for accelerating the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway. Substantive discussions are expected to take place in areas including: social inclusion, environment, equitable economic growth as well as addressing gaps in implementation through building partnerships.  Addressing linkages between the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and the wider 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals are also on the meeting agenda,” she said.

In addition to this, there will be a partnership dialogue taking place, bringing together relevant stakeholders from the region to assess the status of partnerships and to explore ways to further build capacity to develop genuine and durable partnerships for SIDS.

“The regional meetings are therefore highly important for Small Island developing States as they help to chart the future direction of sustainable development for island nations.  Tonga has therefore played a critical role in this process and has contributed to laying the ground work for how the Pacific SIDS will move forward with further implementation of the SAMOA Pathway,” she said.

It is the second such meeting in a series of regional preparatory meetings taking place this year. The Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and South China Sea regional meeting took place in Mauritius in May. The Caribbean region is due to meet in Belize in August, followed by an inter-regional meeting to be held in Samoa in October.

All these regional meetings will culminate in the Mid-Term Review of the SAMOA Pathway which is scheduled to take place in September 2019 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The meeting will conclude on Thursday.

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