Pacific Ocean Alliance

Launch of the Pacific Ocean Alliance at SIDS 2014

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat will be launching the Pacific Ocean Alliance (POA) at the upcoming Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa.

The POA will be officially launched by H.E. Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Pacific Ocean Commissioner, during the Oceans, Seas and Biodiversity Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogue, from 3.00 to 6.00pm on Wednesday 3 September in the Savaii Partnerships Hall.

The POA will be promoted at the ‘Our Sea of Islands, Our Livelihoods, Our Oceania – The Pacific Ocean Alliance’ side event, scheduled for Monday 1 September, 1.00 to 2.30pm in Conference Room 3.  This side event is being co-organised with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, and Conservation International.

The side event will provide a mix of cultural presentations and conversations on a range of ocean-related topics. Examples of work being undertaken in the region will be highlighted and opportunities to strengthen ocean management will be explored. The USP Oceania Centre will provide cultural performances inspired by the Pacific Ocean and the work of Epeli Hau’ofa.

Panelists include H.E. President of the Republic of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr, H.E. Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga, and senior representatives from regional and international organisations . 

Event Programme




About the Pacific Ocean Alliance


The Pacific Region and its nations have stewardship responsibilities for a vast area of the earth’s surface, 98% of which consists of ocean. The ocean weaves together our customs and cultural tradition and affects nearly every aspect of the development agenda in the Pacific region.


The Pacific Ocean Alliance (POA), an initiative called for by Pacific Leaders under Action 2B of the Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape, will bring together a group of stakeholders that is truly representative of the diverse range of ocean interests. It will be a mechanism to strengthen coordination and collaboration for effective implementation of regional and national actions. Together, partners will work to enhance the sustainable development, management and conservation of the Pacific Ocean.


The POA provides a platform at which all Pacific Ocean stakeholders can engage in frank and productive discussions. Accordingly, participation by all stakeholders is encouraged, including but not limited to:


• Pacific Island Countries and Territories;

• Private sector organisations;

• Civil society organisations;

• Academic and research organisations;

• Development partners; and

• Regional and international organisations.


The guiding principles, role, composition and operation of the POA is detailed in the Charter of the Pacific Ocean Alliance.


For more information please contact:

Mr. Ryan Medrana, Natural Resources Adviser 331 2600; or

Ms. Simone Stevenson, Ocean Management Officer, 331 2600


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