388 results found for: Blue Pacific

The Pacific Aid for Trade Strategy (PAfTS 2020-2025) Development Partners’ Roundtable

2pm (Fiji Standard Time), Saturday 02 May 2020 SUVA, Fiji: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and development partners are mobilising support for the Pacific Aid for […]

Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific Statement – Working together on the COVID-19 Crisis

12pm (Fiji Standard Time), Friday 8 May 2020 SUVA, Fiji: The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a global health emergency of unprecedented scale, which is threatening the […]

Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor’s Opening Remarks to the 2017 Pacific Update

Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus 20 June 2017   Forums such as the Pacific Update are important for this region. […]

Regional Policy Forum – Tackling Sustainable Development in the Pacific through Sport

This year PIFS will host the first of a series of policy forums building on the ‘Blue Pacific’ narrative around our shared identity, geography and resources. […]

Remarks by the Chair of the Pacific ACP states, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, H.E. Honourable Kausea Natano at the 1st Extraordinary Onter-Sessional Summit of Heads of State and Government of the OACPS

Remarks by the Chair of the Pacific ACP states, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, H.E. Honourable Kausea Natano 1st Extraordinary Onter-Sessional Summit of Heads of State […]

Opening Remarks by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor, at the Annual Regional Civil Society Organisations (CSO) Forum, 2020.

Opening Remarks by the Secretary General , Dame Meg Taylor Annual Regional Civil Society Organisations  (CSO) Forum [Held Virtually] 3 June 2020 Good morning and greetings […]

Statement by the Pacific Islands Forum Chair, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Honourable Kausea Natano

12 June 2020 FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu: Pacific Islands Forum Leaders embrace Pacific regionalism as an expression of a common identity and purpose and a means of overcoming common […]

Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on COVID-19 Continues Delivery of Medical Supplies

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat staff assist in the loading of consignment packages containing PPE items.  30 June 2020 PIFS HQ, SUVA: The Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on […]

Statement by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor for World Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Day

Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor 27 June 2020 The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, in its role as the Regional Focal Point […]

Pacific Islands Forum Statement at the High Level Political Forum 2020 on the Samoa Pathway, COVID-19 and the 2030 Agenda

Delivered by H.E. Samuelu Laloniu, Permanent Representative of Tuvalu to the United Nations   Mobilizing international solidarity, Accelerating Action and Embarking on New pathways to realize […]

Pacific Islands Forum Statement on Protecting the Pacific and Building Resilience at the High Level Political Forum 2020

Delivered by H.E. Samuelu Laloniu, Permanent Representative of Tuvalu to the United Nations 8 July 2020 Madam Moderator, Distinguished Panelists, Excellencies, I have the honour to […]

Remarks by the Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dr Filimon Manoni, at the Pacific Partnership – Partner Launch

Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dr Filimon Manoni 23 July 2020 I welcome you all to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. We are […]

Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on COVID-19 (PHP-C) Common Protocols

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat staff assist in the loading of consignment packages containing PPE items.  04 August 2020 The 18 Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum […]

35th Anniversary of the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty

The 1985 Forum in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. PIFS Suva, 7 August, 2020 – Yesterday marked the 35th Anniversary of a significant event in the history of […]

Strong Ministerial Interest as FEMM 2020 Centres on Covid-19

Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor 10 August 2020 PIFS HQ, Suva, Fiji :New economic realities and challenges driven by the COVID-19 […]

Opening Statement by the Chair of the 2020 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting, Hon Seve Paeniu

Chair of the 2020 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting, Hon. Seve Paeniu 11 August 2020 Honourable Ministers, welcome to our 2020 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting. Thank you […]

Introductory Remarks by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor at the 2020 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting

Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor 11 August 2020 Honourable Ministers Senior Officials Representatives of CROP Agencies Development Partners Ladies and Gentlemen, […]

2020 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting Outcomes Document and Statement on COVID-19

The 1st Virtual Forum Economic Ministers Meeting 13 August 2020. The 2020 Virtual Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) was held from 11-12 August 2020. Forum Ministers […]

Post-Cotonou Negotiations

Post-Cotonou Negotiations An overview The Cotonou Partnership Agreement is a comprehensive, legally binding framework outlining relations between the ACP countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) […]

Remarks by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor, at the 1st Regional Fisheries Ministers Meeting

Secretary General of the Pacific Island Forum, Dame Meg Taylor 26 August 2020 The Honourable Henry Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands The Hon, Marion […]

Vision for the 2050 Strategy

Vision for the 2050 Strategy In 2050, the Blue Pacific Continent is a region of peace; harmony; security, social inclusion; and increased prosperity so that all […]

Joint Media Release: Pacific Fisheries Ministers raise Coastal fisheries, Marine Pollution and Climate Change concerns

Noumea, 27thAugust 2020 – A new look Pacific Regional Fisheries Ministers Meeting, which started virtually yesterday, has tabled key concerns on the state of coastal fisheries, […]

Pacific talks ocean, climate change action with United Kingdom   

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE   Pacific talks ocean, climate change action with United Kingdom      PIFS HQ, SUVA (02 September 2020) — Climate action and oceans realities for the Pacific have been the focus of a […]

Pacific Student Leaders Share 2050 Hopes, Solutions

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor speaking with students during the session. PIFS HQ, Suva, FIJI, (Wednesday, 09 September,2020)– Doctoral candidates, […]

COVID19 and the New Pacific Normal

About the author: Hon Seve Paeniu FEMM 2020 Chair, is Tuvalu’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning. 

Funafuti, TUVALU (04 September 2020) -The COVID-19 pandemic is causing havoc around the world on three counts. First, it was totally unexpected until reality hit home in the early weeks of March, triggering hard and fast border closures and lockdowns across the region. Second, the scale of its impact on human life, livelihoods, and the entire social and economic system is far beyond any other crisis; and third, it is still unfolding, with the full magnitude and an endpoint yet to be discerned.

The 2020 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) held on 11 – 12 August 2020 was held virtually. It discussed this crisis, that has unleashed socio-economic damage of an unimaginable scale in most Forum member countries. 

Media Advisory – Press Conference

TO: All Editors/multimedia journalists/Newsrooms WHAT & WHO:  The Pacific Islands Forum Chair, the Honourable Simon Kofe, Minister for Justice, Communication and Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu, and […]

Keynote Address by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor at the Reweaving the Ecological Mat Project -Launching of Publications

Delivered by Dame Meg Taylor Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum 17 September 2020   Professor Pal Ahluwahlia, Vice Chancellor of the University of the […]

Marine litter, health of oceans the Pacific call at UN75 HLA Biodiversity summit: PIF Statement

STATEMENT FOR THE UNITED NATIONS SUMMIT ON BIODIVERSITY DELIVERED BY H.E MR. KAUSEA NATANO PRIME MINISTER OF TUVALU ON BEHALF OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM 30th […]

Post Covid19 Recovery, Climate Action and SDG’s Must Ensure Access for Women and Girls- PIF Statement at UN 25th Anniversary of Fourth World Conference on Women.

  DELIVERED BY H.E MR KAUSEA NATANO, PRIME MINISTER OF TUVALU ON BEHALF OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM 1 October 2020 Mr President, Excellencies As Chair […]

Opening Remarks by the Chair of the Forum Officials’ Committee at the Pre-Forum Session of the Forum Officials Committee

Opening Remarks by the Chair of the Forum Officials’ Committee Mr Esala Nayasi, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FIJI at the Pre-Forum Session of the […]

Pacific Islands Forum Chair Reaffirms Support for Open, Constructive Dialogues, Human Rights Mission to West Papua (Papua)

8 October 2020 The Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum and Prime Minister of Tuvalu, the Honourable Kausea Natano, has reaffirmed the importance of open and […]

Remarks at the Signing of the MOU between the Forum Secretariat and UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)

Delivered by Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum 8 October 2020   I am very pleased to be joining Dr Kituyi this […]

More benefits to Pacific from Forum-UNCTAD Milestone

PIF HQ-Suva, Friday 9th October, 2020 – A new memorandum between the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat […]

Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General’s Congratulatory Message for Fiji Independence Day 2020

Delivered by Dame Meg Taylor 10 October 2020 Ni Sa Bula Vinaka; Namaste and warm greetings from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva. It gives […]

COVID-19, Oceans, Climate Change lead Forum Foreign Ministerial 2020 Agenda

PIFS HQ, Suva, Fiji, October 14: Pacific Foreign Ministers are to open their annual Forum meeting this morning with the agenda item topping many global meetings- […]

COVID-19- Response and Recovery: Opening Remarks by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor at the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting 2020

Delivered by Dame Meg Taylor 14 October 2020   Chair of the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting, Hon Simon Kofe, Minister for Justice, Communications and Foreign Affairs […]

COVID-19 heralds ‘new normal’- Opening Statement by the Hon Simon Kofe, Chair of the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting 2020

Delivered by Hon Simon Kofe 14 October 2020 His Excellency Taneti Maamau, President of Kiribati The Honourable Prime Ministers of Samoa, Tonga and Cook Islands, the […]

PALM partnership critical to strengthening Pacific links with Japan: Opening Statement by the Chair of the PALM 4 Foreign Ministerial Virtual Meeting, Hon Simon Kofe

Delivered by the Hon Simon Kofe, Minister for Justice, Communications and Foreign Affairs -Tuvalu 20 October 2020   Thank you, Honourable Minister. It is my privilege […]

Japan-Pacific Islands Forum meet ahead of 2021 Leaders Meeting

20th October 2020—Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers met with Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs today to plan for the 9th Japan Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (PALM) […]

Pacific e-commerce initiative gains ‘new significance’ in light of COVID-19: Forum Deputy to regional workshop

OPENING STATEMENT PIFS DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL, Dr. FILIMON MANONI, AT THE VIRTUAL PACIFIC REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON E-COMMERCE 3 November 2020 Acting Director General MSG, Mr. George […]

2020 Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting Outcomes

2020 PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM FOREIGN MINISTERS MEETING  14 October 2020 Virtual Meeting OUTCOMES    The 2020 Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting was convened virtually on […]

Kainaki II Declaration for Urgent Climate Action Now

Kainaki II Declaration for Urgent Climate Change Action Now Securing the Future of our Blue Pacific  We, the Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum, meeting in […]

Rebuilding for the next storm: financing to build resilience and deal with vulnerability.

We have endured disasters on a recurring basis since the first navigators to this region explored and settled our sea of islands. Now, that endurance is being further tested as climate change exacerbates storms, flooding and other hazards that are harsher, more frequent and less predictable. Climate change impacts and natural disasters have destroyed lives and livelihoods across our Blue Pacific continent and has reset the clock on decades of hard-fought development gains in nation building.

Marginalised people in vulnerable communities have no doubt fared the worst. Women, children, the elderly and the disabled especially continue to be disproportionately affected. In 2015, Cyclone Pam left a trail of destruction in Vanuatu—with economic losses estimated at 64% of its gross domestic product. A generation of development gain, built up over decades of progress, was decimated in a matter of hours. In 2016, Cyclone Winston wreaked havoc in the Fiji Islands, with the resulting economic cost estimated at one third of the country’s gross domestic product. This phenomenon was repeated in Tonga in 2018, when Cyclone Gita caused untold destruction….

Fintech, AI, Robotics the jobs of the Pacific future, Forum Deputy Manoni tells Senior Trade Officials

Official Opening Remarks of the Pacific Islands Forum Deputy Secretary General Dr Filimon Manoni to Senior Trade Officials virtual Briefing, Friday 20th November.   Senior Trade […]

Do more with less, keep to multilateralism: Dame Meg to UN, global orgs

SUVA, FIJI, NOV 24, 2020— Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor joined a global session of 24 heads of regional and international organisations in a virtual […]

Big gains for Small Islands in regionalism: Forum Deputy Manoni to Climate Change, Migration and Human Security policy dialogue

Remarks by Dr. Filimon Manoni, Deputy Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum Pacific Climate Change Migration and Human Security Programme Regional Policy Dialogue Virtual Webinar #6: Framing […]

Churches play key role in breaking the barriers to gender equality: Dame Meg at ‘Break the Silence’ service

Since 2013, the Sunday before the 25th November has become ‘Break the Silence’ Sunday for the Christian network Talanoa, an alliance of Fijian women’s groups and […]

“If there is any chance left to save ourselves from this climate crisis, we are going to have to act now”- Dame Meg to Australasian Emission Reduction Summit

Christiana Figueres Oration at the 7th Australasian Emission Reduction Summit   Pacific Islands Forum SG, Dame Meg Taylor.  Thursday 3 December- 2020 at 6.00 – 7.15pm […]

Educate, Protect, Empower : Keywords to end violence against women, girls – Deputy Manoni opens 16Days Talanoa

Between culture and faith: Unpacking the power driving gender-based violence (GBV) in the Pacific 10am Friday 4 December 2020 Welcome Remarks by the Deputy Secretary General […]

Access for all to vaccine, Climate action for one Blue planet — Natano leads Forum call at COVID-19 UNGASS

Protecting the Health and Wellbeing of the Blue Pacific Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Statement UNGASS on COVID-19, December 3, 2020 Kausea Natano, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, […]

Slow progress, ongoing vulnerability: Dame Meg launches 2020 Pacific sustainable development report

Remarks by the Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum 9 December 2020   Excellencies and Members of the Diplomatic Corp Representatives of […]

No room for COVID delays on climate action- Pacific Leaders 

PIFS HQ, Suva-FIJI, December 10, 2020–Pacific Island Forum Leaders are meeting in a high–level event timed to mark five years of the Paris Agreement. Their intention is to ensure urgent climate change action, now, […]

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

UPDATED Jan 2021: Read the Outcomes Summary of the Kainaki II to COP 26 event PIF-HQ, Suva, FIJI, 11th December 2020–Five years after the Paris Agreement, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pacific Resilience Facility, PRF

The Pacific Resilience Facility To build Pacific resilience in the face of more frequent and severe disasters and ongoing climate change threats, the Pacific Islands Forum […]

Statement by Forum Chair on intended re-entry of US to Paris Agreement

STATEMENT BY FORUM CHAIR PRIME MINISTER OF TUVALU, HON. KAUSEA NATANO On the intended re-entry of the US to the Paris Agreement. 21 Jan 2021— As […]

Forum Fale re-opening highlights regionalism journey-SG Dame Meg Taylor

REMARKS BY THE SECRETARY GENERAL Official Opening of the Reconstructed Pacific Islands Forum Fale 29 January 2021 LINK TO AUDIO  The Prime Minister of the Republic […]

“Our strength lies in our solidarity”- Fiji’s clear call for regionalism.

This year marks 50 years since the founding of the Pacific Islands Forum. Six sovereign nations and the Cook Islands came together in Wellington in 1971 to form what was then the South Pacific Forum. The small island states of the Pacific were newly independent, and soon more would join as new nations formed from the rapidly diminishing colonial presence in our part of the world.
Today we are 18 full members, plus associate members and partner states. Our success, however, is not just measured by our membership, because this is not a club; it is measured by our accomplishments, because we are a forum of sovereign nations confronting serious challenges in our region.
With the support from the larger countries of Australia and New Zealand and other partner states and organizations, Pacific Island states have boldly and unashamedly asserted our interests and exercised our rights as sovereign nations through this forum. We have never assumed that our size should relegate us to a back seat in determining the future of this region—or indeed, the world. And we never will.
So as we mark our golden anniversary this evening, we must take the opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved together, as one collective through the Pacific Islands Forum—and celebrate those achievements.
Together, we fought for a nuclear-free Pacific and committed to the Rarotonga Treaty.
Together, we negotiated and advocated what became the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea—and we are asserting our rights under that convention.
Together, we have refined and committed to a region of democracy, peace and strengthened regional security.

Secretary Generals Statement – on the University of the South Pacific

PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM SECRETARY GENERAL STATEMENT ON THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC 5 February 2021 As the Permanent Chair of the Council of Regional Organisations […]

Forum Chair’s Statement-on the Micronesian President’s Feb 2021 Communique

STATEMENT BY THE CHAIR OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM TUVALU PRIME MINISTER HON. KAUSEA NATANO on the MICRONESIA PRESIDENT’S FEBRUARY 2021 COMMUNIQUE As the Chair of […]

Pacific innovation driving new business approaches post-COVID: Dame Meg to Trade webinar

SECRETARY GENERAL DAME MEG TAYLOR OPENING REMARKS FOR THE BLUE PACIFIC TALANOA SERIES – TRADE WEBINAR   LISTEN TO THE ONE HOUR BLUE PACIFIC TALANOA: What […]

Secretary-General’s Statement- On the passing of Sir Michael Somare

STATEMENT SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM DAME MEG TAYLOR On the passing of Sir Michael Somare, Friday 25th February 2021   It was with […]

COVID-19, Climate Change, West Papua- Forum SG statement to the high level segment of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Statement to the High Level Segment of the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council 24th February 2021 Madam President,  Excellencies, […]

This story is no longer just theirs to tell, but ours: Forum SG statement at the RMI Solidarity March and Commemoration, USP Suva, March 1

RMI Nuclear Victims Remembrance Day 2021 Solidarity March and Commemoration Monday 1 March 2021, 4pm, USP, Suva Remarks by Dame Meg Taylor Secretary General of the […]

Latest UN Climate action report prompts urgent Pacific call

March 1, 2021, PIF HQ, Suva— The Pacific is deeply concerned with the findings of the Initial NDC Synthesis Report from the United Nations Framework Convention […]

Secretary General’s Statement on IWD 2021 ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’

Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General,  Dame Meg Taylor Statement for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021. On my sixth and final International Women’s Day commemoration as […]

Pacific Trade Finance Symposium Emphasises Support Needed by Private Sector

PIFS-HQ, Suva/March 11th, 2021— Pacific businesses will access first-hand know-how on global trade finance opportunities and capacity building thanks to a special symposium held March 10-11, […]

The onus is on us for decisive action on gender equality: Pacific Islands Forum statement to CSW65

PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM STATEMENT FOR THE SIXTY-FIFTH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN DELIVERED BY H.E MR. SAMUELU LALONIU PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TUVALU […]

Pacific faces ‘constant state of recovery’ from disasters– Forum SG to International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure 

Keynote Address by Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI 2021) Session: “The Regional Forum for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) […]

“We as a global community are failing to end violence against women and girls.”- Forum SG to WHO global prevalence panel

 The WHO 2021 report on  global prevalence of women experiencing Violence in their lifetimes shows Oceania leads the world in VAW stats. Worldwide the prevalence is […]

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