Delegates of the 5th MSG Environment & Climate Change Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) fifth Environment & Climate Change Technical Advisory Committee (ECCTAC) Meeting was held at the Heritage Park Hotel, Honiara, Solomon Islands on 15-16 October 2015.
The Meeting was opened by Mr Chanel Iroi Under Secretary (Technical) of the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) of Solomon Islands, Chair of the ECCTAC. The out-going Chair of the ECCTAC, Mr Rodrigue Tiavouane, representative of the Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS) Political Bureau of New Caledonia, thanked members for their support in the last two years and handed over the chairmanship to Solomon Islands. The Officials from FLNKS, Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Vanuatu and Associate member Indonesia attended the meeting. Also present by invitation were representatives of Griffith University, SPC, SPREP, and IUCN who have been partners of the ECCTAC since its establishment in 2012, and Secretariat staff.
One of the main objectives of the meeting was for Members and Partners to review and finalise the “MSG Framework for Action on Environment, Climate Change & Sustainable Development 2025 document”, and a supplementary document, “Green Growth Policy Guide” as strategic policy information documents for the MSG sub-region outlining the MSG approach to address environment and climate change challenges by integrating environment & climate change measures into livelihoods development to continue to sustain people’s livelihoods at local and community levels in Melanesia.
Members also re-affirmed their support for the PIDF Suva and PIFS Port Moresby Declarations on Climate Change as closely matching their national priorities and needs on addressing climate change.
Partners, Griffith University, SPC, and SPREP reaffirmed their support under the current MoUs with MSG Secretariat to continue to support the work of the MSG in the region.