The 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent

The 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent will develop a long-term vision for our region and outline the steps to achieve this vision. It is a regional strategy to protect and secure our Pacific people, place and prospects. Download the Frequently Asked Questions

Pacific Leaders recognize that building a strong and resilient Pacific needs careful planning. It must ensure social, cultural, environmental and economic integrity. Together we will develop the 2050 Strategy, and we will work together as one Blue Pacific Continent to deliver on it.

2050: Strategic Imperatives

The 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent represents the ongoing commitment of the region to work together as one. Building on its shared stewardship of the Pacific Ocean, the region must recognise the connections that the people of this Blue Pacific have with their natural resources, environment, cultures and livelihoods. This requires that we organise ourselves as one collective if we are to address our increasingly common challenges.

The 2050 Strategy represents a unique opportunity for the region to develop long-term approaches to critical challenges such as climate change, sustainable development and security. It also represents the opportunity to consider how we might best leverage our solidarity, our strength and areas of opportunity, as one region. The uncertainty of COVID-19 only reinforces the need for a long-term strategy for how we work together as one Blue Pacific.

Developing the 2050 Strategy

Work on the 2050 Strategy is led by the Forum Officials Sub-Committee on the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent. This is chaired by Fiji and Vanuatu, with the inclusion of CROP agencies as observers.

Steps in delivering the 2050 Strategy

  • Identify the drivers of change that will have the most significant impacts on the future of the region and our people.
  • Collectively select the drivers that require joint political action and are best addressed at the regional level.
  • Identify which drivers require concerted collective action (such as regional harmonisation or economic integration). These actions are the regional goods.
  • Develop themes and levels of ambition for each theme, based around the drivers and goods.
  • Build strategies to guide how we would achieve each ambition.
  • Draft and finalise the 2050 Strategy (expected completion in 2021).

Which step are we up to now?

The current focus is developing a series of strategies and strategic activities using the scenarios developed across the five themes.

These strategies and strategic activities are being consolidated based on the outcomes of the second round of consultations. Consultations were conducted across Forum Member countries, including the government, non – state actors, and youth. In addition, a regional stream of consultation was conducted including CROP agencies, sub – regional groups, civil – society organisations, private sector organisations, law enforcement agencies, and the 2050 FOC Sub – Committee.

Next Steps

We welcome the views of our stakeholders in shaping the 2050 Strategy. This is an opportunity to identify our challenges, build on our strengths and collectively determine the future of our Blue Pacific Continent. Please reach out to your focal contacts within PIFS or Information Services info@forumsec.org for more information.

The next step in the development of the Strategy includes seeking endorsement by our Forum Leaders at the upcoming Leaders Retreat in January 2022.

Further reading on the Blue Pacific:

  1. Opening address by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailed Malielegaoi of Samoa to open the 48th Pacific Islands Forum 2017
  2. Remarks by Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa at the High-Level Pacific Regional Side event by PIFS on Our Values and identity as stewards of the world’s largest oceanic continent, The Blue Pacific

Further Reading on Pacific Regionalism:

  1. Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor’s Remarks to 2017 Pacific Update
  2. Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor’s keynote speech to ACFID on Pacific Regionalism

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