New Zealand has given its commitment to positioning the 2050 Strategy as their north star for global engagement, said the New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta as she engaged with the Civil Society Organisations during the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Suva.
Ms Mahuta said New Zealand’s focus on intergenerational resilience across economic, planet and people is well aligned to the 2050 Strategy.
“I am certain that when the thematic areas of the 2050 Strategy are woven together, they will form a stronger and more resilient Blue Pacific Continent that leaves no one behind,” she said.
The formation of the 2050 Strategy for a Blue Ocean Continent was made through consultations with government and non-government partners.
Many of these non-government partners have been able to highlight the voice of the people on the ground.
Ms Mahuta commended the civil society for their commitment to this process.
“Your perspective is unique, your input is essential, and your voices have contributed to a strong and ambitious guiding document that we can all be proud of,” she said.
“Importantly, the Strategy sets out our shared values that will guide collective action – values centered around integrity, treasuring diversity and heritage, embracing good governance, encouraging innovation and creativity, respecting cultural values and traditional knowledge, supporting full inclusivity, striving for open and honest relationships, and creating inclusive and enduring partnerships based on mutual accountability and respect,” she said.
“Our values are an active expression of who we are as Pacific peoples, and we must live and breathe them in order to realise our vision.
The 2050 Strategy has been dubbed as the Pacific’s north star, a framework that will allow the outside region with means to engage with the Pacific.
Not only climate and economic issues are being dealt with but the needs of the people on the ground are also being looked at.
Ms Mahuta highlighted that the strategy was not one simply for governments or for authorities but something that will ensure the survival of future generations in terms of access to resources which the Pacific owned.
“Importantly, we must recognise the value that can be generated when all stakeholders are equipped and empowered to support each other to achieve our shared ambition, there is simply no other way forward,” she said.
“The message is simple: In order to realise our shared vision for 2050, we must work together, in the same direction, and in unity.”