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|A fight for survival: tackling the climate crisis is key to security in the Blue Pacific||3.09 MB|
Pacific island leaders have developed a shared narrative for their maritime region, which they have labelled the 'Blue Pacific' Island countries are often portrayed as small, isolated and vulnerable. However – drawing on cultural and economic connections with the ocean – Pacific countries have asserted a contemporary identity as ‘large ocean states’ with sovereign rights across a large part of the Earth. Drawing on pre-colonial relationships across the ocean, Pacific leaders have committed to working together as a ‘maritime continent’.
The launch of the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific is a key focus for this year’s Pacific Islands Forum. The new strategy sets out shared, long-term, approaches to critical challenges such as climate change, security and sustainable development. The 2050 strategy has been developed through extensive, region-wide, consultations with Pacific governments, civil society, private sector groups, academia and technical organisations. The development of the strategy has been led by the governments of Fiji and Vanuatu.