25th SPREP Meeting concludes in Majuro, Marshall Islands

On the fourth and final day of the 25th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, High Level representatives from across the Pacific island region and beyond called for less talk and more action on climate change financing. Other key themes discussed at the Meeting included the importance of building island resilience, developing the blue-green economy and the growing meaningful and durable partnerships to achieve common goals.

Today's High Level Segment was Chaired by Hon. Tony de Brum, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and attended by Ministers and Heads of Delegations from 25 countries and territories that are Members of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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Pictured above: Mr David Sheppard (Director General of SPREP) and the Hon. Mr Tony de Brum (Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Marshall Islands).

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Pictured above: Delegates to the High Level Segment of the 25th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. Photo by Stuart Chape.

Today's High Level Segment and conclusion of the 25th SPREP Meeting was preceded by three days of discussion involving a total of 132 delegates representing SPREP Member countries and territories, key stakeholders, partner organisations, donors and observers.

Highlights of the week included the endorsement of the 2015 work programme and budget of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the formulation and endorsement of a powerful Meeting Declaration.

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Pictured above: On day three of the Meeting, former Chair (Nauru) and current Chair (Republic of the Marshall Islands) were presented with gifts of appreciation by Director General Mr David Sheppard on behalf of SPREP.

Delegates to the Meeting thanked the Republic of the Marshall Islands for their hospitality and generosity in hosting the annual event and noted that, as per protocol, next year's meeting will be held in SPREP's host country of Samoa.
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