The Blue Pacific at the Micronesian Non-Profit Congress

Hafa Adai!

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is committed to working closely with Civil Society Organisations across the region to ensure an inclusive approach to policy development and implementation.

Last week the Forum Secretariat was in Guam for the Micronesia Nonprofit Congress which is an annual gathering of Civil Society Organisations in Micronesia.

This year the theme was ‘Navigating Currents of Change through Collective Leadership’ and brought together like minded and spiritually connected representatives from Guam and the Pacific to share ideas and strategies that will help navigate their journey towards the future they want for their communities, region and the Blue Pacific Continent as a whole.

Some of the themes discussed during the week included veteran’s issues, education Issues, workforce development, and social and community Issues.

The Forum Secretariat representative, Penisoni Naupoto was invited to speak about the Pacific Islands Forum’s “Blue Pacific” identity which was embraced by Forum Leaders at their meeting in Samoa last year, and is a narrative aimed at forging the Pacific’s collective efforts and ownership of important issues currently affecting our region.

The “Blue Pacific” focuses regional action around the Pacific’s strengths – our collective geography and resources. Together, the region spans some 40 millions square kilometers (98% of it ocean), holds unmeasured resource wealth, and treasures a diverse but shared cultural heritage going back millennia.

The next key engagement with regional civil society takes place this week in Palau (25-27 April) where Civil Society representatives will put forward position papers to the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting.