Kaila! - Pacific Voice for Action on Agenda 2030: Strengthening Climate Change Resilience through Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent Health

We, the Pacific Islands Ministers, gathered in Nadi, Fiji, on 28 October 2015 to deliberate on strengthening climate change resilience through reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH);

Recall and Reaffirm; The Pacific Regional declarations and commitments related to climate change, in particular, Majuro Declaration on Climate Leadership (2013) Moana Declaration (2013), Samoa Pathway (2014), Yanuca Island Declaration on Health In Pacific Island Countries and Territories (2015) and the Suva Declaration on Climate Change (2015); Reaffirm our commitment to other relevant United Nations conventions, conferences and summits on sustainable development.

Commit to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as critically important to the future of Pacific island people, planet, peace and prosperity. We reaffirm our contribution and commitment with other UN member states to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - an agenda of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Acknowledge the importance of the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescent's Health (2016-2030) that reflects a new consensus on the need to better prioritize reproductive, maternal, newborn, children's and adolescents' health (RMNCAH) in humanitarian or fragile settings such as natural hazards, extreme climatic conditions, or disease outbreak that impact our islands;

Recognizing the real and potential impacts of climate variability on health systems as an immediate challenge in the Pacific, commit to the Healthy Islands vision as a unifying theme to guide health and development through community empowerment and an engagement approach in programme delivery, led by those who best understand how to support their communities;

Ensure the Pacific voice is heard in global conversations, so that our experience may guide others and our specific concerns are addressed, including seeking novel funding sources;

Recognizing the particular vulnerabilities of Pacific islands, the importance of engaging, as equal partners and participation of civil societies, women, youth and persons with disabilities, in all efforts towards building climate change resilience - leave no one behind. This includes providing support to inclusive sustainable development strategies, and responding to specific needs of persons with disabilities, vulnerable and marginalized groups.

Agreed that as we protect our environments and livelihoods from the impact of Climate Change, we also will ensure the protection of women, children and adolescents, including their mental health, during and after natural disasters is reflected in our national policies and guidelines.

Acknowledge that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is an integral part of National development strategies, National plans and public budgets, with clearly identifiable resource allocations and expenditures. This includes enhancing support and protection for young women and girls through improving access to education, information and SRH services.

Affirm the centrality of advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in the context of the new climate agreement and post-2015 Disaster Risk Reduction Framework, for a truly transformative, sustainable and inclusive development path.

Recognizing the importance of the renewed global strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' health introducing a strategic focus on fragile and humanitarian settings, and noting its key messages, including:

  • More than half of all maternal, newborn and child deaths occur in humanitarian settings, including conflict and post-conflict situations, transnational crises, countries that have experienced one or more serious natural disasters and situations of protracted socio-economic and political instability.

  • Climate change will continue to aggravate chronic crises such as food and water insecurity, placing more people at risk of hunger and our women, children to malnutrition.

  • Health challenges are particularly acute among mobile populations, internally displaced communities and those living in islands, including low lying islands whose livelihoods are constantly threatened by Climate Change.

  • Women and adolescent girls in particular are vulnerable in such settings through exclusion, marginalization and exploitation, including sexual and gender-based violence.

  • Applying a sustainable, human-centered approach to humanitarian efforts in crisis situations, whether short or protracted in duration, can strengthen the resilience of women, children and adolescents and their communities.

Need to localize the 2030 Agenda and key climate agreements in the context of our joint and country specific realities, make central our commitment to ensure women, adolescents and children are not left behind and are engaged as active partners in the fullest realization of the scale of the Pacific 2030 Agenda.

We call on the international community to partner with us to this end.