The Special Body on Pacific Island Developing Countries focused on the review of the Mauritius Strategy, the global agenda for addressing the particular vulnerabilities of small island developing States. The priorities for future sustainable development in the Pacific - climate change, energy and disaster management being among the highest - were outlined in the Port Vila Outcome Document (E/ESCAP/66/1) Strategies for addressing ongoing challenges of isolation and smallness faced by the Pacific island nations include introducing reforms to encourage green growth and developing better infrastructure, such as ICT.
The Commission endorsed the statement as the Asia-Pacific regional input to the global review of the Mauritius Strategy being conducted this year. Support for renaming the ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre to the ESCAP Pacific Office was also expressed.
It was a notable occasion for the Special Body on Pacific Island Developing Countries, with many delegations expressing their satisfaction that the body was meeting for the first time as an integral part of the senior officials segment of the Commission session.