This report is the first, quadrennial Pacific Sustainable Development (PSDR) to be prepared under the Pacific Roadmap for Sustainable Development (PRSD), that was endorsed by Leaders in 2017. The report highlights progress made in the Blue Pacific region towards achieving sustainable development - within the context of Framework for Pacific Regionalism and national development plans and reflected in the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (S.A.M.O.A Pathway); the Paris Agreement; the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA); the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction; and the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). It also includes a review of the 2012 Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration (PLGED).
The report provides a high-level narrative on development trends, results and effectiveness in the Pacific. It aims to reduce the burden on small country administrations and to demonstrate the value of integrated reporting. The regional sustainable development priorities covered in this report include those identified as transboundary issues such as climate change (SDG13), disaster risk management (SDG11) and integrated oceans management (SDG14); as well as poverty reduction (SDG1); reducing inequality (SDG10), including gender inequality (SDG5); addressing the needs of persons living with disabilities (SDG11); improving quality of education (SDG4); tackling non-communicable diseases and cervical cancer(SDG3); improving connectivity(SDG9); and ensuring decent work and economic growth (SDG8).
Because the mid-term review of the S.A.M.O.A Pathway started in 2018, the report also considers the situation in the Pacific with respect to food security(SDG2), water and sanitation(SDG6), transportation(SDG9), culture and sports, sustainable energy (SDG7) and tourism, waste management, sustainable consumption(SDG12), biodiversity (SDG15) and peaceful, safe communities and migration (SDG16). It seeks to review progress, challenges and priorities of the means of implementation, across the areas of: adequacy and effectiveness of financing; building stronger institutions and improving national capacity; increasing development effectiveness; and, the role of inclusive partnerships.
Not all of the 132 Pacific Sustainable Development Indicators are measurable by data based on international methodologies, and for some others there is limited data available. As a consequence, only 48 percent of the indicators can be measured at this time. Of most concern is the lack of data to measure regional priorities of climate change, ocean and seas or “life below water”, and quality education. However, there are various national and regional initiatives underway that seek to manage information and data and expand the data set.
The report is a cooperative effort between Pacific Islands Forum Countries and the agencies of the CROP1 and the United Nations System in the Pacific.