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#OceanAction17354
Pacific Year for the Ocean 2017
by Pacific Islands Development Forum (Intergovernmental organization)
Goal: To encourage recognition of the value of our oceans and enhancing collaboration in achieving the SDG 14 targets within Pacific Island countries.

Rationale:
The Leaders of the members of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), in Honiara, Solomon Islands, at the 2016 Leaders Summit of the PIDF with a theme of Stewardship for Healthy Oceans & Healthy Nations, where one of the resolutions of the meeting proclaiming 2017 the Pacific Year for the Ocean. Pacific Islands health, wealth, history, culture and identity are intrinsically linked with the ocean. PIDF partners with regional and international organizations continue to encourage recognition of the value of our oceans and enhancing collaboration in achieving the SDG 14 targets. #MyOceanMatters is an invitation by PIDF to speak up for the Pacific Oceans everyone who loves the ocean is encouraged to participate. The message is simple: together, we can tell the world whats special about our ocean and why we must take better care of its amazing natural resources. One of the major threats to our oceans health is the proliferation of plastic waste. This by-product of urbanization and commercialization is detrimental to the health of the oceans and all life that it supports. Information available today reveals that the opulence of oceans are severely undermined from plastic waste, and although we understand that this is a global issue, we also believe that we need to play our part and work towards ensuring that plastic waste sourced by our cities, towns and villages are minimized, if not totally eradicated. A partnership of concerned organisations has developed around this issue and would like to bring on board the private sector to take the lead to bring about the desired changes on terms that are favourable to the sector, rather than having these imposed. By means of inclusive consultations we would like to reach an agreement on acceptable timelines and a preferred process for such a plastic bag phase out and move towards a pathway of more responsible clean and green packaging in Fiji and in the pacific.

Objectives:
Recognising the threats posed to our oceans through the over harvesting and mismanagement of resources, as well as land derived and sea-based pollution;
Recognising the impacts of climate change on the Oceans ecosystems and our peoples livelihood and continued existence on low lying islands;
Recognising the need to control emissions that cause climate change particularly carbon dioxide and methane emissions;
Emphasizing the necessity for Governments, Private Sector and Civil Society of Pacific Island Countries and Territories to focus on the importance of the Health of our Ocean and its impact on the health of our nations and people;
Coordinated implementation of the #MyOceanMatters campaign in the Pacific region
Commitment and action by individuals, communities, businesses, organisations and governments in the Pacific to reduce their production and consumption single-use plastic

Implementation Methodology:
Targeted regional and national activities linked to Pacific Year for the Ocean Campaign Toolkit-#MyOceanMatters Campaign communications plan, and continued dialogue and call for action on plastic bag phase out nationally and regionally

Updates to voluntary commitment
December 2017
My Ocean Matters campaign
December 2017
Plastic Bag Phase Out
June 2017
Ocean advocacy
Financing (in USD)
5,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Resources that will be mobilized towards the realization of this commitment include the above mentioned. This includes a small amount of funding availability to assist PIDF members and partners to implement the #myoceanmatters campaign and also the availa
In-kind contribution
Resources that will be mobilized towards the realization of this commitment include the above mentioned. This includes a small amount of funding availability to assist PIDF members and partners to implement the #myoceanmatters campaign and also the availa
Updates
#OceanAction17354
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2017 - December 2017
Partners
IUCN - NGO Suva City Council-Governmental University of Fiji- Academic Institutions French Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD- Noumea) Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation-CSO Department of Environment (Fiji)- Governmental 350 Pacific Climate Warriors-NGO Project Survival Pacific-NGO GLISPA-partnership TEDxSuva NGO Pacific Islands Association for Non-Governmental Organisations - CSO The Pacific Island Climate Action Network (PICAN)- Non-governmental organization (NGO)
Ocean Basins
  • North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
The people and communities of Pacific Island Countries.
Contact information
Nitish Narayan, Team Leader Strategic Communications, nnarayan@pacificidf.org, 679 9907903
56 Domain Road, Suva, Republic of Fiji
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