20 – 25 August, 2018 ● Pacific Island Forum Secretariat Conference Room ● Suva, Fiji
“Our voyage to a pollution-free Pacific requires a strong united crew navigating through the challenges supporting one another. The journey ahead may pose many trials given the myriad of waste challenges if we work together we can achieve great outcomes for our Pacific islands and our planet. This Clean Pacific Roundtable is one of our many stops on our chart to take stock and strengthen our collaboration as we find ways towards a pollution-free Pacific, in great partnership.” – Mr Kosi Latu, Director General SPREP.
“Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through J-PRISM II continues to support solid waste management in the region with the Overall Purpose of Strengthening the Human and Institutional Capacity Base in the region. J-PRISM II will achieve this goal by supporting the implementation of the Pacific Regional Waste and Pollution Management Strategy 2016-2025 (Cleaner Pacific 2025), with the emphasis of Pacific to Pacific cooperation. The Second Steering Committee meeting of J-PRISM II to be held with the Clean Pacific Roundtable this year surely gives project member countries an opportunity to share good practices and to further strengthen each country’s initiative.” - Mr. Minpei ITO, Director, Environmental Management Team 1, Global Environment Department, JICA
"The European Union is proud to support the Pacific countries in their work towards the goals of The Cleaner Pacific 2025. The upcoming flagship Pacific–European Union Waste Management Programme (PacWaste Plus) will result in improved waste and pollution management services, systems and capacities, which in turn will improve public health and protect the environment. The Clean Pacific Roundtable is a vital platform for consolidating and further strengthening collaboration and coordination between countries and various partners. Only by joining hands and working in partnership we can achieve a ‘Cleaner Pacific’”. - Mr Christoph Wagner, Head of Cooperation Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific.
The inaugural Clean Pacific Roundtable was held in Suva, Fiji in July 2016. It was a successful event which attracted more than 100 stakeholders in the waste sector of the Pacific. An Outcome Statement was released after the event outlining the priorities in the sector. This statement was noted during the 27th Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Meeting held in Niue in September 2016.
This year, the second Clean Pacific Roundtable will be held at the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat Conference Room in Suva, Fiji from 20 to 22 August with associated events until 25 August, 2018. It is facilitated by an ad hoc Organising Committee with coordination and secretariat support from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the J-PRISM Project Office.
The members of the ad hoc Organising Committee are Hon Andrew Yatilman of the Government of Federated States of Micronesia, Ms Sandeep Singh of the Government of Fiji, Mr Afele Faiilagi of the Government of Samoa, Mr Adrian Nicolae and Ms Ileana Miritescu of the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific, Mr Andrew Irvin of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Oceania Regional Office, Mr Faafetai Sagapolutele of JICA-JPRISM, Mr David Hebblethwaite of the Pacific Community, Mr John Townend of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Ms Alisi Tuqa of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation, Ms Marina Keil of the Samoa Recycling and Waste Management Association, Ms Christina Leala-Gale of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation, and Dr Vincent Lal of the University of the South Pacific.
The 2018 Clean Pacific Roundtable (CPRT) will:
- Enable the monitoring and progress reporting of Cleaner Pacific 2025;
- Facilitate dialogue and networking in the region on waste issues and initiatives and explore additional investments and funding opportunities towards a safer and sustainable waste management systems; and
- Coordinate donor mechanisms in the region and optimise use of investment and funding allocation for the waste and pollution sector.
The expected outcomes of the CPRT2018 are:
- Timely implementation of agreed implementation plan in the Cleaner Pacific 2025.
- Better understanding of gaps and opportunities, and mobilisation of technical and financial resources to fill the gaps.
- Establishment and facilitation of specific regional networks in the waste and pollution sector for more coordinated actions.
- Formal organisation of the Clean Pacific Roundtable with supporting Technical Working Groups.
- Resolution/Statement of future prioritised activities based on information from the Roundtable.
If you are interested in attending please contact [email protected] for further information.