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Pacific Year for the Ocean: 

My Ocean Matters

The  Leaders  of  the  members  of  the  Pacific  Islands Development  Forum  (PIDF), gathered  in  Honiara, Solomon Islands, for the 2016 Leader’s Summit of the PIDF. With a theme of  Stewardship for Healthy Oceans & Healthy Nations, one  of  the  resolutions of the meeting was proclaiming 2017 the Pacific Year for the Ocean. The  Leaders  encouraged  PIDF  members  and  all  other organisations active in the  Pacific  to  have  focused  activities for the observance of  the Pacific  Year  for  the  Ocean undertaken at the local, national and regional levels. We need the participation of all groups and  citizens, to increase awareness on the  contribution of the Oceans to our livelihoods, the threats that they face and the steps that need to be taken to protect them. Pacific  Islands’ health, wealth,  history,  culture  and identity are greatly supported by the ocean and their survival and in the future it will continue to do so. 

The biodiversity of our common ocean is a significant resource. Our  sustainable development  is  inherently connected with the health of the oceans. Careful management of this essential global resource is key to a sustainable future.We ask every one in the pacific region to make a call with one  collective pacific voice that “my ocean matters”.

The  campaign  theme  is  designed  to inspire  a campaign  on two fronts, acting as rallying call for global and regional ocean advocates, while  offering  national  programmes,  community groups and individuals the opportunity to show how they will contribute towards this  sustainable  development related goal.  

PIDF continues to encourage recognition of the value of our oceans and enhancing collaboration in achieving the SDG 14 targets. But  we  cannot  do  it  alone!  We need  everyone  and anyone with similar passion for sustainable oceans.

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Type of document: 
Toolkit
Publication date: 
09/09/2016
Publication Organisation: 
Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF)
Publication Author: 
PIDF
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