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September 24, 2014 by admin
General News
The 25th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme will be held in Majuro, the Marshall Islands from 30 September to 2 October followed by a High-Level Ministerial segment on 3 October.

The meeting will take stock of SPREP's activities in 2013 and approve a work plan and budget for 2015. Key items on the agenda for the 25SM include the independent Corporate Review and The Mid-term Review of the SPREP Strategic Plan 2011 – 2015.

Pictured above: an image from the 24th SPREP Meeting in 2013.

Other issues under discussion include climate change, solid and hazardous waste, and protection and management of the Pacific Ocean.

The High Level Ministerial Segment has three key agenda items – Climate Change Financing from talk to action, Ocean Conservation and Management and the UNSIDS 2014 Conference, where to from here?

"Our Annual General Meeting of members and partners to the Pacific Regional Environment Programme brings us all together at least once a year to review the work of the Secretariat and help guide us in our work for the coming year," said Mr. David Sheppard, Director-General of SPREP.

"We've recorded a lot of successful achievements and outcomes for 2013, have since had a busy 2014 and look forward to next year in supporting Pacific countries to better protect and manage their environments to support sustainable development. There are always exciting times ahead for SPREP."

The SPREP Meeting follows on after the 12th meeting of the contracting parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Natural Resources and Environment of the South Pacific Region and related Protocols known as the Noumea Convention.

Also to take place before the 25SM is the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention to Ban the Importation into Forum Island Countries of Hazardous and Radioactive Wastes and to Control the Transboundary Movement and the Management of Hazardous Wastes within the South Pacific Region, also known as the Waigani Convention.

Both these events are held on 26 September.

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