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Pacific Islands Hailed as Leaders by GEF CEO

Pacific Islands Hailed as Leaders by GEF CEO

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Dr. Naoko Ishii, Head of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), complimented the Pacific Islands on the sidelines of the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Right to left: Hon. Tony DeBrum, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Marshall Islands and current Chair of SPREP, Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO of GEF, and Mr. David Sheppard, Director-General of SPREP. (Photo courtesy of SPREP.)

Right to left: Hon. Tony DeBrum, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Marshall Islands and current Chair of SPREP, Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO of GEF, and Mr. David Sheppard, Director-General of SPREP. (Photo courtesy of SPREP)

The compliment was given during a high level breakfast meeting with Pacific island ministers and heads of delegation. Organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), this provided an opportunity for the Pacific islands to discuss strategic issues and the way ahead for the GEF, one of the largest donors of environment projects in the Pacific islands region.

“I am impressed by the small island states that are leading the way by example, taking an integrated stance to help heal our ecosystems, taking the ridge to reef approach. We can help you to continue to lead the way through your integrated holistic approach,” said Dr. Ishii referring to environment conservation work in Samoa as an example. Dr. Ishii visited several activities when in Samoa in September for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.

The 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was held in Pyeongchang, Republic of South Korea from 6 to 17 October 2014. There are 14 Pacific islands that are a party to this Convention with FSM, Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu represented at the CBD COP 12.

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