Regional Organisations Undertake Review

Regional Organisations undertake review

The Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) has commenced a review of regional coordination to ensure it is well positioned to deliver on the regional agenda under the new Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

“The deeper forms of regionalism called for by the Framework require a more coordinated approach around identified regional priorities,” said CROP Chair and Pacific Islands Forum Secretary-General, Dame Meg Taylor. “This review will prepare CROP to deliver as needed on those initiatives that Leaders will endorse at the Forum Meeting in September in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.”

Earlier this year, CROP Executives agreed that a review of CROP working groups, as the main mechanism for supporting technical and operational engagement on regional priorities identified by Forum Leaders, is timely. Currently, there are seven CROP working groups established under the former Pacific Plan which focus on sustainable development, gender, the marine sector, land, human resource development and health and population, and ICT.

Former Director General of the Secretariat of Pacific Community, Dr. Jimmie Rodgers, will lead the review, which will take place from 22 June to 31 July, 2015.

The review of CROP will feed into a broader review of regional governance and financing arrangements planned for the second half of 2015.


Background Information:

There are nine members of the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP): Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Pacific Aviation Security Office (PASO), Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Pacific Power Association (PPA), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and The University of the South Pacific (USP).

The CROP Charter establishes a working group mechanism to support technical and operational engagement on regional priorities identified by Leaders. These working groups have been particularly important in fostering joint efforts to implement the Pacific Plan (2005-2014) and in providing timely technical expertise for regional negotiations on climate change, the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway and ocean-related policy. The working group mechanism has also provided an effective mechanism for facilitating cooperation between CROP agencies on technical issues. In addition, working groups that involve regional partners are separately distinguished as “Pacific Partnerships”. CROP agencies either Chair or Co-Chair CROP Working Groups and Pacific Partnerships to ensure appropriate support and reporting of outcomes are provided to respective CROP agencies.

Presently, there are 7 official CROP Working Groups on, (i) Population and Health (Chaired by SPC), (i) Human Resource Development (Chaired by USP), (iii) Sustainable Development (Co-chaired by SPREP and PIFS), (iv) Marine Sector (Chaired by SPC and FFA) and (v) Information Communication Technologies (Chaired by USP), (vi) Lands (Chaired by SPC), and (vii) Gender (Co-Chaired by SPC and PIFS).

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