By Halitesh Datt, Fiji TV
10 July 2013, Nadi, Fiji - In the build up to the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa next year, a preparatory meeting got underway in Nadi today.
Regional leaders and Pacific Island SIDS members are meeting on sustainable development issues, including climate change, poverty alleviation, human trafficking, and good governance.
The 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly set 4 objectives for the 3rd International conference of Small Island Developing States to be held in Samoa next year.
The meeting has to; assess the regions progress and gaps, seek renewed political commitment, identify new challenges and identify priorities.
Fiji Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama
Commodore Bainimarama says the region should be bold in such discussions.
There is also a need for political will to push the region’s agenda at international level.
Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama- Prime Minister
The Alliance of Small Island States, AOSIS, says there is a need for a transformational paradigm shift on how the region engages itself on international front when it comes to our sustainable development.
Marlene Moses- Chair, AOSIS
This preparatory meeting culminates on Friday.