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Delivered by Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

25 November 2021


Mr. Kosi Latu, Director General of SPREP,
Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour and pleasure for me to have the opportunity to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

ESCAP and SPREP have a long history of productive collaboration on knowledge and capacity building activities in the Pacific region. Over the years our partnership has been focusing on the Pacific regional activities to accelerate the implementation and the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway.

Through this MoU, we reaffirm this partnership with modalities of cooperation and types of activities to include:

(a)     Producing and disseminating analytical work, implementing capacity building initiatives and organizing conferences/ policy dialogues;
(b)    Knowledge, data and information sharing, lessons learned, best practice as well as monitoring and evaluation of development in the Pacific;
(c)    Exploring the potential of co-financing of programmes and projects where feasible and appropriate.

We will continue to maximize our respective strengths and comparative advantages to complement each other’s strategic work especially in five areas namely: 

Climate change (adaptation, disaster risk management, climate and sustainable finance), Environmental governance (on stakeholder engagement), Sustainable energy and transport (SDG7 Roadmap, sustainable maritime connectivity and inter-island shipping), Sustainable oceans, and Data and statistics (environmental statistics).  

I am confident that ESCAP’s normative, analytical and capacity development work complements SPREP’s multi-disciplinary processes and Pacific focus regional programmes.

Our partnership is particularly relevant in these challenging times, during which the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unpreceded health and socioeconomic crisis. 

We are committed to assisting countries in our region to recover better, to build resilient, inclusive and sustainable societies in line with the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.

I would like to express again my deep appreciation to DG Latu for your commitment in strengthening our collaboration.

Thank you very much.

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