19/07/2018

Securing the potential and well-being of the Blue Pacific by Meg Taylor DBE, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum

Effective regional security underpins the vision outlined in the theme for this year’s Pacific Islands Forum: Building a Strong Pacific: Our People, Our Islands, Our Will. The security of our people and their environment is crucial for sustainable growth and development, and the way we organise ourselves to protect and nurture our Blue Continent must be something we decide for ourselves. “Securing the wellbeing and potential of The Blue Pacific is at the centre of the Forum Agenda”, said Forum Chair and Prime Minister of Samoa, the Hon. Tuilaepa Malielegaoi at the Korea-Pacific Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting in Seoul last December. “Protecting The Blue Pacific will require a collective security architecture that recognizes, promotes and provides security in the broadest sense of the term. There is commitment to working together to ensure the security of our shared ocean geography, resources and ecosystems therein, from unsustainable exploitation and illegal activities, including illegal fishing and transnational crime. This is a time of profound change; and this change is taking place at an unprecedented pace. Geo-strategic competition between major world powers has once again made our region a place of renewed interest and strategic importance. Climate change increasingly affects our people in a variety of ways including increased severe weather events, scarcity of food and water, and displaced communities. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are burgeoning and with them issues relating to cyber security and cyber enabled crime. Within this context, at the Forum Leaders meeting in Apia last year, Leaders directed the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to engage in consultations to refresh our existing security arrangements to meet the regions current and future security challenges.
09/07/2018
SG Speaking at Public Lecture by PM O'Neill

Introductory Remarks by Dame Meg Taylor at the Public Lecture by the Right Hon. Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

  INTRODUCTORY REMARKS BY DAME MEG TAYLOR,  SECRETARY GENERAL Public Lecture by the Right Honourable Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea USP Laucala Campus […]
18/06/2018
Dame Meg Taylor to Biketawa Plus Workshop

Opening Remarks by Meg Taylor DBE, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum at the Biketawa Plus Security Declaration Workshop

Opening Remarks by Meg Taylor, DBE, Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Pacific Islands Forum Members Workshop on the Biketawa Plus Security Declaration Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat […]
18/06/2018

Biketawa Plus Workshop for Members

03/05/2018

Briefing Melanesian Spearhead Group Police Commissioners and Ministers on Biketawa Plus

The Forum Secretariat’s Regional Security Advisor, Viliame Wilikilagi, attended the 8th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Police Commissioners Conference and the 3rd MSG Police Ministers Meeting in […]
19/04/2018

Enhanced Information Sharing Key to Stronger Regional Security

Enhanced regional collaboration and cooperation is critical to addressing the common security challenges facing the “Blue Pacific” region – this is the key message to emerge […]
13/12/2017

Secretary General Meg Taylor’s Remarks to the 2017 Budget Forum Officials Committee Meeting

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Conference Room, Suva, Fiji 13 December 2017   Distinguished Members of the Forum Officials Committee; Representatives of Associate Members and Observers to […]