Marshall islands sign sustainable development agreement

Marshall Islands president Hilda Heine signs formal agreement with SPC.(Photo from SPC)

Marshall Islands – The Marshall Islands and the Pacific Community have signed an agreement formalizing the island nation’s country program for 2019 to 2022.

Guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the program provides a blueprint for the implementation of development projects within the next four years.

The President of the Marshall Islands, Hilda Heine and SPC’s Director-General, Dr. Colin Tukuitonga signed the agreement, according to information from the SPC. From 2019 to 2022, the Marshall Islands will be prioritizing projects addressing biosecurity, food security, agriculture, non-communicable diseases and other priority areas.

Heine emphasized the importance of the agreement to the Marshall Islands, and the unique advantages that come from its membership in the Pacific Community, saying “This Country Programme lays out a clear path over the next four years on areas we want to do a deeper dive in, while continuing ongoing projects with SPC.”

“With the expert technical and scientific support from the Pacific Community, I am confident that we can reach our targets,” Heine said.

The Marshall Islands has been a member of the Pacific Community since 1983.