BY BEN BILUA
Officials of Civil Society Organisation (CSO) present during the Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) say that the Pacific Resilience Facility (PRF) needs inclusive governance mechanism to achieve its objectives.
Speaking to the media last week, Lavetanalagi Seru of Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) said the Pacific Resilience Facility is an important establishment but the worry is how the implementation of the facility.
“With respect to the Pacific Resilience Facility, we congratulated the Forum on its launch and civil society has reiterated a strong call for effective and also an inclusive governance mechanism.
“And we’ve urged for the full engagement of civil society in all stages of the implementation and also ensure that the Facility is a truly Pacific owned initiative that promotes equitable sharing and caring for each other,” he said.
Seru said the establishment came in the right time not only because of COVID-19 but also the ongoing battle against climate change in Pacific Islands.
He said CSO is pleased with leaders respond on CSO’s document presented during the meeting.
The Pacific Resilience Facility is a center point where funding towards resilience development and also natural disaster support will be kept and distributed.
The initiative has been launched with fund worth US$1.5 billion earlier this year.