January 8, 2021

“I’ve done what I could do. Now you all have to keep going”–Remembering Sir Mekere Morauta

The new year began on a solemn note for the people of Papua New Guinea, who spent the first week of January paying respects and tributes to former prime Minister the late Sir Mekere Morauta, who was laid to rest on Independence Hill, Port Moresby on January 8th,  2021. As part of their coverage, PNG's first TV station EMTV did tribute interviews remembering 'Sir Mek' --amongst them, Online Editor Ruth Rungula spoke to Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor. Listen to the interview, transcript below. Ruth Rungula EMTV --Dame Meg- we know Mekere contributed, (as ) the chair of the Pacific plan review and with you at the helm of the Pacific Island forum now, what regional legacy will Sir Mekere Morauta be most remembered for? Dame Meg --I believe that the reform of the Pacific plan and the inception of the framework for Pacific regionalism, which I was asked to implement, this came from the work that Sir Mekere Morauta did, in consultation with people through the Pacific and governments. That will be his legacy here in this region, that what he emphasized was that it was important that the conversations and deep conversation about regionalism continued, that politics be brought back into the region, and that the voice of the people be heard-- that their concerns be listened to, by leaders and by governments...
December 22, 2020

CONDOLENCE STATEMENT:  Passing of the Right Honourable Sir Mekere Morauta

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat conveys its deepest condolences to the people of Papua New Guinea on the recent passing of Sir Mekere Morauta, former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, on Saturday 19th December 2020. “A formidable individual, Sir Mekere led and was instrumental in the comprehensive regional review, the 2013 Review of the Pacific Plan, which birthed the Framework for Pacific Regionalism – a visionary mandate for regional cooperation, political settlement and inclusive regional policy development,” said Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum. “It is important that we continue to reflect on Sir Mekere’s review, because the concerns he raised in relation to the region’s vulnerabilities and dependencies - and the need for us to work together to overcome these – are as urgent today as they were at the time of writing.” The first ever Economics graduate from the University of Papua New Guinea, Sir Mekere served as PNG’s 7th Prime Minister from 1999 to 2002.
December 17, 2020

FORUM SECRETARIAT ADVISORY- SUVA HQ CLOSURE 17, 18 DEC

MESSAGE FROM THE PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM SECRETARY GENERAL, DAME MEG TAYLOR This is to advise that the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat will be closed today and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday 17 - 18 December 2020 due to Tropical Cyclone Yasa ( Image from www.met.gov.fj on Thursday 17 December ) which is tracking towards Fiji over the next 12 - 36 hours.  Should you require any urgent assistance, please note the following contact points who will have continued access to power will therefore be available and online to assist with any urgent queries and clarifications: Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General: megt@forumsec.org Sione Tekiteki, Director Governance and Engagement: sionet@forumsec.org Click here to Read More
December 15, 2020

Ministerial Statement: First meeting of states parties to the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty

MINISTERIAL STATEMENT OF THE FIRST MEETING OF THE STATES PARTIES TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC NUCLEAR FREE ZONE TREATY 15 December 2020 WE, the States Parties to […]
December 15, 2020

Towards a fully Nuclear Free Blue Pacific- Forum SG at Rarotonga Treaty meeting

Opening remarks by Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor The first meeting of States Parties to the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty (“Rarotonga Treaty”) […]
December 14, 2020
Adoption of the Rarotonga Treaty in August 1985

Pacific to host its first Rarotonga Treaty States Parties Meeting 

PIF HQ, Suva, FIJI, Monday 14th December 2020-- The States Parties to the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty (“Rarotonga Treaty”) will convene their first ever meeting tomorrow, 15 December 2020.  The […]
December 12, 2020

Pacific will hold ‘collective solidarity’ towards a 1.5, oceans-climate future: Closing statement, Kainaki to COP26 High Level Roundtable

Climate Change Action Now – H.E. Lionel Aingimea, President of Nauru Closing statement (as Forum 2020 Troika) Kainaki II to COP 26 – Pacific Islands Forum […]
December 12, 2020

Forum Chair urges legacy moment for Pacific and Dialogue partners on urgent climate change action: Opening statement by Tuvalu PM to Kainaki to COP 26

Kainaki II to COP 26 – Pacific Islands Forum High-Level Roundtable on Urgent Climate Change Action Friday 11 December Agenda item 1 – Opening Opening statement […]
December 11, 2020

Marking the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, Pacific Leaders repeat urgency for global climate change action, now.

PIF-HQ, Suva, FIJI, 11th December 2020--Five years after the Paris Agreement, which sets a goal for limiting global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius, and on the […]
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