The 2050 Strategy features 10 commitments that Leaders have made to strengthen their collective action and deepen regionalism to realise the vision. In support of these commitments, the Strategy brings together seven interconnected thematic areas that are based on comprehensive consultation with Members, CROP and other regional organisations, Non-State Actors, and regional experts.
The thematic areas are:
- Political Leadership and Regionalism
- People-Centered Development
- Peace and Security
- Resource and Economic Development
- Climate Change and Disasters
- Ocean and Environment
- Technology and Connectivity
Each thematic area contains a level of ambition that represents the transformational change that is sought by 2050 in that area. Together, the achievement of all levels of ambition will support the realisation of the vision.
To drive this, each thematic area contains a number of strategic pathways which focus on governance; inclusion and equity; education, research and technology; resilience and well-being; and partnerships and cooperation. The strategic pathways align to our values and have been developed in a way that reflect the inter-linkages that exist across the thematic areas. The strategic pathways, which also align to the Leaders’ commitments, will guide the identification and development of collective actions as part of the Strategy’s implementation plan. An overview of the strategic pathways is as follows:
Strategic Pathway Definitions
- The Governance Strategic Pathway emphasizes the importance of effective leadership, shared commitment and accountability of the Pacific Islands Forum, together with strong and sustained policies and processes that ensure cooperation, coordination and engagement between the various entities, making up the regional architecture.
- The Inclusion and Equity Strategic Pathway recognises the diversity and heritage of Pacific cultural values and ensures that all Pacific peoples are protected and have the right to live in societies in which all can participate and prosper.
- The Education, Research and Technology Strategic Pathway is designed to encourage scientifically based research, innovation and creativity while taking account of the best of our traditions and cultural practices.
- The Resilience and Well-being Strategic Pathway underlines the importance of continuing to strengthen the capacity of the Pacific, her peoples, communities and nations to respond effectively in times of adversity, including in relation to the environment, while building and sustaining free, healthy and productive livelihoods.
- The Partnership and Cooperation Strategic Pathway highlights the importance of the region working together, and of working with a wide range of regional and international stakeholders, where all respect the region’s faiths, cultural values, and traditional knowledge, and genuine and durable partnerships are based on principles of national and/or regional ownership, mutual trust, transparency and accountability.
To ensure the effective delivery of the 2050 Strategy and the achievement of the Leaders Vision, a comprehensive implementation and monitoring plan will be developed. It will set out in detail the collective actions required to meet the levels of ambition for each thematic area to support the achievement of the 2050 vision.
The implementation plan will identify the interlinkages across all thematic areas and ensure coordination with timelines, resourcing and involvement of key stakeholders and relevant technical agencies. It will be the basis for monitoring and measuring progress under each thematic area and in doing so, identify risks, implementation issues/constraints that may impede progress. It will draw on the enabling aspects of the region’s cultural values and traditional knowledge and reflect how activities will be designed and implemented. It will also highlight the roles and responsibilities of partners in supporting the collective actions.
To ensure accountability and commitment to the implementation of the 2050 Strategy, it will be important to develop a strong monitoring and reporting framework that uses quantifiable data and qualifiable information to monitor the performance and delivery of expected outcomes under each of the Strategic Pathways. As a starting point, the regional SDGs indicator set will be used to monitor the implementation of each of the thematic areas. It will also be important to consider the need for other Pacific-relevant targets and indicators that monitor the success of partnerships as well as progress made to deepen regionalism in the terms defined in the Framework for Pacific Regionalism.