High Hopes for Pacific Islands High Seas Meeting


More than 100 participants are expected to converge in Suva, Fiji from 25 to 27 May for The Pacific Ocean Alliance: High Hopes for High Seas meeting. The Pacific Ocean Alliance, an inclusive stakeholder partnership, will meet for the first time to discuss the Pacific Islands region’s oceans priorities and interests as they relate to areas beyond national jurisdiction (the ‘high seas’).

“The sustainable development, management and conservation of our high seas resources are important issues to all countries in the Pacific region, with our marine genetic resources and deep sea minerals exploration and development fast becoming emerging opportunities.” says Dame Meg Taylor, The Pacific Ocean Commissioner and Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). “However, there is currently no comprehensive global framework of rules for the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity of the high seas.”

“We hope that this first meeting of key stakeholders and partners will connect people at national, regional and international levels - to enable a sharing of knowledge, and importantly learning and taking action on the sustainable development, management and conservation of our Ocean and its resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction”. Dame Meg Taylor added. “We want to explore and build on national and regional approaches to assess emerging issues, manage risks and explore opportunities in the high seas. Through this meeting we want to demonstrate the Pacific’s leadership to the world on these important and critical ocean issues.”


More information

The Pacific Ocean Alliance is an open-ended and voluntary information-sharing and coordination partnership between stakeholders with a genuine interest in the sustainable development, management and conservation of the Pacific Ocean and its resources. The meeting is therefore open to all interested stakeholders, including but not limited to: Pacific Island Countries and Territories; private sector; civil society; academic and research organisations; development partners; and regional and international organisations.

For further information, including a provisional agenda and registration form, please visit

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