Monday 16:10: The forum has come to an end. Final comments were made in a special final session on Monday morning.
As a result of the success of this Forum, participants have recommended that their Parliaments should:
- Take steps to increase Pacific women’s representation in Parliaments and to empower them to be active in all aspects of society, including governance and business.
- Adopt strategies to meet the challenges arising from climate change, involving urgent and effective action in mitigation, adaptation and financing including placing a higher reliance on renewable energy.
- Foster a free, professional and independent media to promote democracy and an open and transparent society. Media has and continues to have an important role to play in ensuring political accountability. Participants remarked on the rise of social media in the Pacific and its utility as a communication tool, particularly in remote communities.
- Promote effective leadership and creative engagement between parliaments and the communities they represent.
- Explore ways to improve the delivery and creation of services in small, isolated communities, including through better infrastructure and information technology.
- Prioritise primary healthcare, health promotion and disease prevention. Work to educate their communities on the importance of healthy lifestyles and to raise awareness about reproductive and sexual health. Ensure cost effectiveness and good management to sustain affordability of healthcare.
- Improve and promote economic conditions to facilitate trade and investment in a manner that ensures sustainable development in the interests of the Pacific while still retaining cultural identity and sovereignty.
- Acknowledge that sound governance from our Parliaments is essential to expand sustainable businesses and to create jobs, especially for young people.
Sunday 18:00: Delegates have spent the day having lunch at Papawai Marae in Greytown, having a discussion with Solomon Island migrants at JR Orchards outside of Greytown, and having dinner with the Pasifika community at Pataka in Porirua. The experiences of Pacific migrants in New Zealand has been a running theme of today's programme.
Sunday 10:30: Delegates have spent this morning in a Christian church service lead by Wesley Church Tongan Minister Rev Viliami Kalamafoni Finau.
Saturday 18:30: An intense debate, featuring New Zealand delegate and finance minister Bill English, is finally coming to an end with some substantial changes to the amendments.
In a highly divided debate, the key majority agreements on motions of opening markets, growing the private sector and reducing the private sector were:
- focusing on sustainable development over economic growth IS agreed to.
- opening economies to trade and investment and economic activity IS NOT agreed to.
- increasing the role of the private sector in state owned companies IS NOT agreed to.
- retaining the cultural identity and sovereignty of Pacific countries IS agreed to.
- sound governance of Parliaments IS essential to sustainable business and creating jobs for young people.
- it IS NOT established that the cost of political structures and public sectors is unsustainable relative to the size of our economies, and that they need to be reduce.
- it IS established that balancing government size with population size is important to securing the independence for countries in the Pacific.
Delegates will share a special meal at Parliament this evening.
Saturday 16:00: Shane Jones has told delegates that Pacific nations must protect themselves from the exploitation of fisheries by foreign multinationals. Tata Crocombe has addressed what he sees as the need to reduce the size of large governments in small, low-population states.
Saturday 13:20: The delegates argued that non-communicable diseases such as diabetes
were just as important to address as communicable and reproductive
diseases, and decided that the focus should be on state of health rather
than disease status. Major statements were made on junk food, lack of fishing/farming equipment and the West Papuan conflict.