Japan, Pacific island nations vow to boost co-op environment issues
www.chinaview.cn 2009-05-22 20:41:52   Print

    TOMAMU, Japan, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Leaders of Japan and Pacific island leaders pledged Friday to enhance and deepen cooperation on environment issues in the form of the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) in an effort to build an eco-friendly Pacific.

    At the Fifth Japan-Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) summit, participating leaders and representatives agreed that as climate change is a multi-faceted cross-cutting issue that affects economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being and security of the whole world, Japan and PIF nations and regions need to make concerted efforts to address climate change.

    For Pacific island nations, which are vulnerable to rising sea levels, climate change has become a critical issue.

    In light of the Statement of Environment in the Pacific issued at the Second Japan-PIF summit in 2000, Japanese Prime Minister Tao Aso and the PIF leaders decided to promote cooperation and establish a constructive partnership to address environment issues such as climate change under the PEC and support the sustainable development of Pacific island countries.

    To help the PIF nations cope with environmental and climate change, Japan announced 6.8 billion yen in aid aimed at facilitating solar power generation and seawater desalination.

    At the first session of the summit, the two sides also highlighted the importance of cooperation in areas of water and sanitation, Waste Management and 3RS (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle), biodiversity and environmental education.

    To ensure the smooth progress of cooperation in the areas, the two sides decided to set up a follow-up mechanism of the PEC, including convene a high level meeting in 2010 as well as a working-level preparatory meeting sometime after the summit to review the implementation of the above-mentioned cooperative efforts.

    The Fifth Japan-PIF summit opened earlier in the day. On the agenda of the meeting are issues such as Japan's official development assistance (ODA) to the Pacific islands, measures to tackle climate change as well as the fast-spreading A/H1N1 flu.

    The two-day summit is co-chaired by Aso and Niue Premier Toke Talagi, both of whom made speeches at the opening of the meeting.

    The PIF groups Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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