Mission and Vision


Our mission is to ensure the effective implementation of the Leaders’ decisions for the benefit of the people of the Pacific.

Our goals are to stimulate economic growth and enhance political governance and security for the region, through the provision of policy advice; and to strengthen regional cooperation and integration through coordinating, monitoring and evaluating implementation of Leaders’ decisions.

In achieving these Goals, the Primary Roles of the Forum Secretariat, as set out in the 2005 Agreement Establishing the Pacific Islands Forum, are to provide:

  • Policy advice and guidance in implementing the decisions of the Leaders
  • Coordination and assistance in implementing the decisions of the Leaders
  • Support to the Leaders' meetings, ministerial meetings, and associated committees and working groups


Leaders Vision in the Auckland Declaration, April 2004::mmm

"Leaders believe the Pacific region can, should and will be a region of peace, harmony, security and economic prosperity,so that all of its people can lead free and worthwhile lives.

We treasure the diversity of the Pacific and seek a future in which its cultures, traditions and religious beliefs are valued, honoured and developed.

We seek a Pacific region that is respected for the quality of its governance, the sustainable management of its resources, the full observance of democratic values

and for its defence and promotion of human rights.

We seek partnerships with our neighbours and beyond to develop our knowledge,to improve our communications and to ensure a sustainable economic existence for all."


Guiding Principles and Values

In pursuit of our mission, goals and roles, our work is directed by our guiding principles, and is underpinned by our values.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Address the priority needs and rights of our most vulnerable Members, communities and people (Special and Differential Treatment)
  • Embrace the cultural diversity of the region with tolerance and respect (The Pacific Way)
  • Facilitate the debate on how to position the region to meet emerging challenges both now and in the future (Foresight)
  • Strive for recognition of the region’s responsibility for guardianship of the world’s largest ocean and its resources (Common Heritage)
  • Foster quality interaction with all our stakeholders, both internal and external (Communication)
  • Embrace good governance and gender equality, and seek peak performance (Continuous Performance)

Our Values

As an organisation and as individuals:

  • We strive for professional excellence; and demonstrate personal leadership
  • We are responsive to the priority needs of our members and other stakeholders; and excel in a caring, inclusive, and innovative environment

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