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 flyer

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.

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?

We are now identifying the Blue Pacific region’s Drivers of Change through a consultation process. This will involve key stakeholders including civil society, private sector, academia and the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific.

What are Drivers of Change?

Drivers of change are events, actions and decisions that have the potential to generate significant disruption. They could have significant impacts across many areas. Climate change is a clear example of a driver of change, it is already causing significant disruption, and this will continue into the future. Drivers can also be emerging issues, like the potential of new technologies or health pandemics. These drivers are less well known, but could have a big impact in the future.

This consultation will consider what events and decisions could generate significant disruption in our region, including climate change impacts, the future of our ocean and its resources, global power competition, our future economy, resilience, and COVID-19.

The regional context

The global and regional geopolitical and development context is shifting, and our Blue Pacific Continent faces enduring challenges. These include:

  • Ongoing vulnerabilities to environmental, climate change, disaster risk and economic shocks;
  • Continued dependencies on aid and external financing;
  • Low levels of economic growth;
  • Stubborn levels of poverty and rising inequalities;
  • Structural constraints, such as distance from markets, small productive base, high transport costs.

Interacting with these vulnerabilities and constraints is a changing global and regional context, including:

  • The COVID-19 global pandemic that has seen unprecedented border closures resulting in immediate and long-term health, economic and social challenges;
  • Emerging tendencies towards populism and nationalism;
  • Challenges to multilateralism, including willingness to withdraw from regional political groupings, withdrawal from multilateral trade agreements, and increased preferences for bilateral actions;
  • Rising inequalities causing social and political instability and undermining development;
  • Increased number of political actors and donors in the Pacific;
  • Challenges to the stability of the global rules-based order and competition between Pacific Rim major powers; and
  • Continued degradation of, and disputes over, natural resources.

However, global and regional developments are also raising new opportunities for the Pacific region to explore:

  • Increased political attention on the role of oceans in development;
  • Increased political attention on the climate change crisis facing Pacific island nations
  • Advances in technology that can enable the region to overcome limitations of distance;
  • A set of agreed values that underpin Pacific regionalism, including the cultural values that help guide the region;
  • New global frameworks and methodologies for valuing the immense ecosystems and biodiversity of the Pacific;
  • Shifts in the global power and globalisation; and
  • Significant increased investment by multilateral development institutions in the Pacific.

How can you be a part of the development of the 2050 Strategy?

Consultations are running from now until 20 August, 2020. Please contact the Forum Secretariat to see how you can participate in the process

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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