Inaugural Session of the 45th CCM CP in Suva, Fiji: “Enabling Effective Community-based Adaption to Climate Change”
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 07:54

 

The 45th Consultative Committee Meeting of the Colombo Plan (the 45th CCM CP) is held in Suva, Republic of Fiji from 28 to 30 of October 2016. The Conference has proceded by a pre-conference meeting of the Heads of Delegation on 28 September 2016.  A meeting is implementing at Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva.

The CCM is the highest forum to the Colombo Plan and serves as a biennial meeting that provide a forum for the exchange of views on current development problems facing member countries, strategies and programs to address their changing needs and review the work of the Colombo Plan in economic and social development within the region since the last CCM held in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2014.

 

The  45th CCM is attended by 21 member states from 27 states that are; Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA, Vietnam, Fiji, Republic of Korea, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia and Japan.  As an observers of this Meeting such Pacific Islands Development Forum, Solomon Islands High Commission, Pacific Community, University of South Pacific and Kiribati Government.

An inaugural session of the Meeting is attended by Hon. J.V. Bainimarama, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Fiji allowing him are Presiden Council of Colombo Plan, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Sri Lanka, H.E. Won-Sam Chang, Secretary General of Colombo Plan, Mr. Kinley Dorji.

During the opening remarks, Ambassador Chang welcomed and gratitute to all delegates for the meeting and stated that the role of Colombo Plan is  essential to member states  and he underlined that the member states have to revitalize on its the organization in order to effective purpose for them. In Addition, he requested that member countries will active and continue giving pledges to Colombo Plan. Furthermore, he requested that Colombo Plan will set up prioritize and review program countinuely. Colombo Plan is expected to sustain in promoting programs to benefit the member states such as education, environment, governance, gender affairs, and climate change as well.

As a Chief of Guest,  the Prime Minister J.V. Bainimarama  graced the opening ceremony and adressed the 45th CCM delegates. In his inaugural adresses, he aknowledged that climate change is the single most important crisis facing Fiji and for Pacific Islands nations. A matter of life and death, Fiji is committed to provide a permanent home to the entire population of Kiribati and Tuvalu whose very existence has been threatened by sea level rise.  He impressed in every forum to reduce the impacts of global climate change in the world. He stated that many countries in Pacific Islands such Fiji and its neighbouring countries have faced tropical storm and also in Filippines with typoon. It is must necessary to take an action rescue for facing this disaster.  In Fiji, it is focus on community climate change awareness and need a strong commitment from the government leadership. Local community must be abble to be partners with the government. Awareness for climate change is also for public, parliament and other related stakeholders.  For every country has to long term strategy for climate change mitigation.  Right personal and resources must be considered to solve this issue. Understanding for the enviromental issues by each country will be more focus on Sustainable Development Goals.

Moreover, he underlined that for the spirit of Paris Declaration  to take a holistic response from the world.  The overall goal of the Paris Declaration is to “hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 oC  above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 oC above pre-industrial levels, in recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change. On this opportunity, Hon. PM Fiji requested that the member states of Colombo Plan is expected to ratify Paris Agreement and support to Colombo Plan for playing a significant role to handle climate change issue.

He informed the forum that Sweden will convene a conference on climate change in June, next year.  Personally, he is very proud to be host for this CCM. On the other hand, in addition, he also stressed on fighting drug abuse, promoting gender quality and human rights.  For the purpose of improving their knowledge and experiences of member states of Colombo Plan, the capacity building programs should continue and maintain in order to benefit for them. “please learn each other for challenging climate change among us” PM. said.

Countinue the first day meeting, it has several presentation from the Colombo Plan respectively:

  • An Overview and Brief Report on 45th CCM and Updated on CP Council 2014-2016
  • Drug  Advisory Program (DAP)
  • International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addition Professionals (ICCE)
  • Program for Public Administration (PPA)
  • Program for Private Sector Development (PPSD)
  • Long-Term Scholarship Program (LTSP)
  • Program for Environment (ENV), and
  • Gender Affairs Program (GAP)

Indonesian delegation of the Meeting consist of officials of the related Ministries, that are: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (H.E. Harimawan Suyitno, Ambassador Indonesia to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka accredited to Maldives,  Mr. Dicky S. Pamungkas, Second Secretary of Indonesia Embassy in Colombo, and Mrs. Raisa Muthmaina from MOFA Jakarta),  Ministry of State Secretariat (Mrs. Rika Kiswardani, Head of Bureau for Foreign  Technical Cooperation and  Mr. M. Fahrurozi, Head of SSCT Division), and Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (Mrs. Siwi Lestari and Mrs.  Nani Dwi Wahyuni).

 

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