Pacific Year for the Ocean:
My Ocean Matters
The Leaders of the members of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), gathered in Honiara, Solomon Islands, for the 2016 Leader’s Summit of the PIDF. With a theme of Stewardship for Healthy Oceans & Healthy Nations, one of the resolutions of the meeting was proclaiming 2017 the Pacific Year for the Ocean. The Leaders encouraged PIDF members and all other organisations active in the Pacific to have focused activities for the observance of the Pacific Year for the Ocean undertaken at the local, national and regional levels. We need the participation of all groups and citizens, to increase awareness on the contribution of the Oceans to our livelihoods, the threats that they face and the steps that need to be taken to protect them. Pacific Islands’ health, wealth, history, culture and identity are greatly supported by the ocean and their survival and in the future it will continue to do so.
The biodiversity of our common ocean is a significant resource. Our sustainable development is inherently connected with the health of the oceans. Careful management of this essential global resource is key to a sustainable future.We ask every one in the pacific region to make a call with one collective pacific voice that “my ocean matters”.
The campaign theme is designed to inspire a campaign on two fronts, acting as rallying call for global and regional ocean advocates, while offering national programmes, community groups and individuals the opportunity to show how they will contribute towards this sustainable development related goal.
PIDF continues to encourage recognition of the value of our oceans and enhancing collaboration in achieving the SDG 14 targets. But we cannot do it alone! We need everyone and anyone with similar passion for sustainable oceans.