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The EU programme is launched in the margins of the Our Oceans Conference in Malta, where global leaders are currently meeting to make concrete pledges to new actions in the fields of sustainable fisheries, marine protected areas, climate change, sustainable blue economy, marine pollution and maritime security.
The PEUMP is aligned with the Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries and will be implemented over six years by regional organisations, in close cooperation with competent authorities from the 15 beneficiary countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste.
On the occassion, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica reaffirmed the role of the European Union as a reliable partner of the Pacific, and said: "As the life force that sustains our planet and every person on it, we will continue to support every effort to manage our oceans more sustainably for local communities and for many generations to come."
Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin added: “Marine resources form the backbone of the Pacific economy. The Pacific – European Union Marine Partnership will combine regional and national approaches and put specific attention to promote direct and positive changes for the ones in most need, targeting women, youth and other vulnerable groups."
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