The Pacific Plan
We work towards strengthened partnerships, enhanced co-ordination and assistance in support of the effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Forum Leaders decisions and the Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

The Pacific Plan underwent a major review in 2013. To read more about what the review involved and access key information, including the final Review report and recent news updates, visit the Pacific Plan Review website here.

Following the Review, Forum Leaders agreed to recast the Plan as the Framework for Pacific Regionalism, which will be active from August 2014 onwards. Read more about the Framework here.

What was the Pacific Plan?

The Pacific Plan was, from 2005 to early 2014, our regional strategy for strengthening cooperation and integration between Pacific countries. At its heart was the important idea of Pacific countries working closely together on areas requiring collective action to do more than they could separately, to manage shared resources, and to achieve the shared goal of a “a region of peace, harmony, security and economic prosperity, so that all of its people can lead free and worthwhile lives” (as set out on the Leaders Vision, 2004, which the Plan is founded on).

“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."

Leaders Vision - from the Auckland Declaration, April 2004

This idea remains relevant. However, when Leaders first endorsed the Pacific Plan in 2005, they decided that it should be a living document – one that would be updated and reviewed regularly (most recently under the Pacific Plan Review 2013) in order to best meet continually evolving regional needs. The Framework for Pacific Regionalism presents the latest thinking on how best to support collective action among and for the benefit of Pacific countries.


The Pacific Plan was based on four “pillars” or sets of strategic objectives: economic growth, sustainable development, governance, and security. These general focus areas have stood the test of time, and have remained a focus for regional work. In 2009, this focus was expanded when two key aspects of the sustainable development pillar were acknowledged: responding to climate change, and improving livelihoods and well-being. This resulted in five Pacific Plan priority “themes”, under which 37 medium-term regional priorities were identified. Many thematic areas of regional importance were captured in this list of regional priorities, ranging from improving statistics collection and management, to addressing sexual and gender based violence, to strengthening regional transport links.

Monitoring Progress

The Pacific Plan Office produced annual progress reports capturing the work of regional agencies and member countries (often supported by development partners) in line with the Pacific Plan priorities, creating a rich portrait of cross-sector progress across the Pacific. From 2010-13, progress reports were produced in both English and French, and were supplemented by an annex providing more details on the efforts of selected member countries and regional agencies.

The Pacific Plan progress reports, along with other briefing papers providing more detail on specific sectors, were reviewed annually by the Pacific Plan Action Committee. The Committee included representatives of all Forum member countries, the two Associate member countries (French Polynesia and New Caledonia), and the nine agencies of the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP). Reports endorsed by the Committee were then forwarded to Leaders for consideration, and are often noted in the annual Leaders’ Communiqué. With the adoption of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism, the Pacific Plan Action Committee was replaced with a smaller, specialist sub-committee to the Forum Officials Committee.

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