Talanoas as a Development tool

The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), with the support of the Pacific Green Business Centre and various other partners, has conducted the following talanoas to discuss issues of importance to development in the Pacific islands.

Talanoa: Youth engagement for SDGs – A dialogue between PIDF, Youth Coalition & Commonwealth Youth Chair-Pacific.

Date: 31 August 2018.
Venue: PIDF Conference Room, 56, Domain Rd. Suva, Fiji.

The Talanoa on “Youth engagement for SDGs – A dialogue between PIDF, Youth Coalition and the Commonwealth Youth Chair-Pacific” took place in Fiji at the Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Development Forum on 31st August, 2018. The Talanoa acted as a platform for networking, knowledge sharing and initiating discussion on future ways of collaboration between PIDF and close to twenty two youth leaders of youth groups with diverse mandates such as Education and Arts, Economic Opportunities, Gender & Human Rights, Peace & Security, Health and Climate Change & Environment but with the common theme of working collaboratively towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Youth Leaders also shared chronicles with the newly appointed Commonwealth Youth Chair for the Pacific.  Read more here.


Talanoa: Integration of Human Rights in the achievement of the SDGs.

Date: 30 August 2018.
Venue: Suva Business Centre, Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji.

This Talanoa was organised by the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the Pacific Regional Office of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Suva, Fiji on 30 August 2018. More than 90% of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets are linked to international human rights and labour standards. The achievement of the SDGs is only possible if we protect people’s rights in the process. In fact, by putting in strong mechanisms of protection of human rights, we’d have a much higher probability of achieving many of the SDGs. PIDF recognizes that the human rights framework offers important guidance for the implementation of the SDGs. Similarly, the SDGs can contribute in substance to the realisation of human rights in the Pacific. As an initial phase towards this, the PIDF and OHCHR  hosted this Talanoa with other relevant human rights stakeholders, to discuss the linkages between Human Rights and the SDGs, specifically from a Pacific perspective. The Talanoa was followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between PIDF and UNOHCHR.  Read more here.


Talanoa: The Potential of Bamboo as part of Green Transformation.

Date: 22 August 2018.
Venue: Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation Boardroom, 42 Gorrie Street, Suva, Fiji.

This Talanoa was organised by the Pacific Islands Development Forum with Fiji’s Ministry of Forests and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, the Talanoa brought together a number of stakeholders to discuss the future of the bamboo industry in Fiji, and offered an opportunity for all those interested in the sector to offer their views on a proposed Bamboo Centre. The PIDF considers Bamboo as an incredible resource in the Green Economy and potentially an important component of the Green transformation sought in the Pacific. The versatility of Bamboo could offer an important source of rural employment and income for local communities, and contribute to a green transformation in support of climate resilience and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals..  Read more here.


Post MEPC72 Talanoa: Shipping Emissions – “What is in the initial IMO Strategy and what does this mean for the Pacific?”

Date: 7 June 2018.
Venue: USP, ICT Centre, Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji.

This Talanoa was organised by the Pacific Islands Development Forum and the USP/RMI Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport bringing together a number of stakeholders to discuss the outcome of the 72nd Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC72) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The PIDF Secretary General said the meeting “was deemed a success by the IMO and its members. In a nutshell, after lots of deliberations and posturing, the meeting agreed to reduce shipping emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels. This outcome, though less ambitious than what the Pacific would have liked, and what we need to save our Pacific peoples and their livelihoods, is a step in the right direction. It sends a signal to the industry that they need to make the changes necessary to move the maritime shipping sector towards eventual zero emissions. There is therefore a need for increased research in the use of renewable energy in shipping and zero carbon fuels and development of better efficiency ship designs.” Read more here.