Organizations join Vanuatu, UN at Pacific economic crisis conference

23 Nov 2009

Suva –¬†Regional organizations have joined forces with the Government of Vanuatu and the United Nations (UN) in the lead up to the Pacific Conference on the Human Face of the Global Economic Crisis in Port Vila, 10-12 February 2010.

Participation of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) in the conference ensures ownership at the regional level. All organizing partners of the Conference met last week in Port Vila at the Steering Committee meeting chaired by Vanuatu’s Minister of Finance and Economic Management, Hon. Sela Molisa.

Following the Steering Committee meeting the Minister said: “Vanuatu and other Pacific island countries continue to experience effects of the global economic crisis. It is important that the governments leverage their experiences and best practices in crisis mitigation, while at the same time getting access to expert policy advice from global and regional institutions.

“In this regard we are pleased to note that preparations to the Conference are progressing very well thanks to the joint commitment of the Government and the UN, as well as other regional partners. We are hoping that the Conference will help to build long-term resilience of Pacific economies against future crises,” Hon. Molisa said.

Country specific actions are needed in response to the global economic crisis and as government delegates from the 16 Pacific island countries converge in Vanuatu to deliberate on these issues, technical assistance from global and regional partners will be a welcome boost.

UNICEF Pacific Representative, Dr Isiye Ndombi said: “The UN is pleased to partner with the Asian Development Bank and the Pacific regional organizations in the lead up to the Conference that will take place in Vanuatu in less than three months’ time.”

Background Information:

The Pacific conference on “The Human Face of the Global Economic Crisis” will be held in Port Vila, Vanuatu on 10-12 February, 2010. More than 200 delegates including government ministers, parliamentarians, development partners, UN agencies, youth and women’s groups and civil society organizations are expected to attend. The conference is organized by the Government of Vanuatu with support from the United Nations, Asian Development Bank, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the University of the South Pacific.¬†

The report “Protecting Pacific Island children and women during economic and food crises: Working Edition one for Advocacy, Debate and Guidance” can be accessed from http://www.undppc.org.fj/pages.cfm/publications/mdg-achievement-poverty-reduction-reports/

Contact Information

Jean Sese, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on (678) 27045 or jsese@vanuatu.gov.vu or
Donna Hoerder, Communications Specialist on (679) 3300439 or dhoerder@unicef.org ; or
Reama Biumaiono, Communications Associate on (679) 3312500 or reama.biumaiono@undp.org