OVERVIEW OF MEETING:
- The Conference was organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and USP.
- Representatives from seven Pacific island countries were represented including representatives from various regional communities, academic and multilateral organizations and development partners.
- The 3 day meeting was organised as such:
- 3rd July: Knowledge Exchange on Ocean Cities: Exploring the ocean-climate-urban development nexus in Pacific island urban settlements
- 4th July: The Future of Pacific Cities: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Urbanization in the Pacific
- 5th July: Pacific Update Meeting – urban opportunities
- Fetoloai Yandall-Alama presented at the meeting on ‘Urban Based Solutions’ and was also a panelist on ‘Territorial Planning’.
OBJECTIVE / FOCUS:
- The meeting provided an opportunity for UNESCAP to draw on knowledge and experiences from the Pacific to develop a series of policy briefs that look at (i) challenges and opportunities in Ocean Cities, (ii) nature based solutions, and (iii) community resilience.
- UNESCAP is developing an integrated policy on climate responsive urbanisation in Ocean Cities to identify opportunities to bridge the gap between the built and natural environment.
WAY FOWAD FOR MNRE / SAMOA:
- Participation at the 5th Pacific Urban in 2019 – venue still undecided.
- Participation at the 7th Asia Pacific Urban Forum in 2019.
- Note that Samoa has not been able to attend 2 World Urban Forums because of lack of funding as Samoa is no longer considered eligible for funding because of it’s middle-income status.
- We need to seek funding opportunities for Samoa to participate in World Urban Forums if we are to achieve the SDG on Sustainable Cities.
- MNRE to seek clarification on which Regional Organisation is facilitating / implementing / monitoring activities regarding urban development/planning / sustainable cities as this area is crucial to sustainable development but seems to be given less focus and attention by regional organisations.