20/09/2018
Forum Leaders Photo 2018

Forum Leaders Commit to Collective Action for A Strong Blue Pacific

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to collective action for a strong Blue Pacific region that is secure, peaceful, and prosperous, enabling its people to live free, healthy and productive lives. The 2018 Forum Leaders Communique, released following the Forum Leaders Retreat in Nauru, commits the Forum to working for sustainable development in the region on its own terms and in ways that recognise its rich culture, national circumstances, and oceanic resources. The Communique identifies regional security, climate change and disaster risk resilience, fisheries, ocean management and conservation, and childhood obesity as the priority areas for collective action by the region. In response to the region’s increasingly complex and evolving security environment, Forum Leaders endorsed the Boe Declaration on regional security. The Declaration highlights climate change as the greatest threat to the security, livelihood, and wellbeing of Pacific people. Building on, and complementing the Biketawa Declaration (2001) and other regional security declarations and policy instruments, the Boe Declaration emphasises an expanded concept of security that includes human security, humanitarian assistance, environmental security, and regional cooperation in building resilience to disasters and climate change. The Declaration is named after the Boe district in Nauru, where the Declaration was officially agreed to by the Leaders. Forum Leaders were very clear about the importance of immediate urgent action to combat climate change.  There was a commitment for sustained, high level representation and collaboration in the lead up to, and during, the 24th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Convention (COP 24).  This collective advocacy will be targeted to ensure the Pacific region’s priorities are heard, particularly with regard to the development of the Rule Book and Guidelines for implementing the Paris Agreement. The Forum Leaders called on countries, particularly large emitters, to fully implement their Nationally Determined Contribution mitigation targets. They also requested the U.N Secretary General to appoint a special adviser on climate change and security, and a special rapporteur to review global, regional, and national security threats caused by climate change.
10/09/2018
SG at ANU State of Pacific

Keynote Address by Secretary General Meg Taylor to the 2018 State of the Pacific Conference

Keynote Address by Secretary General Meg Taylor, DBE 2018 State of the Pacific Conference   Australia National University Canberra, Australia Monday, 8 September 2018   Introduction […]
04/09/2018

Partnerships for a stronger Pacific highlighted at 49th Pacific Islands Forum

Strengthening regional security and resilience was the focus of the 49th Pacific Islands Forum meetings between Pacific Leaders, Dialogue Partners, and Forum Observers in Nauru today.
04/09/2018

2018 Civil Society Organisations Dialogue with Forum Leaders

The CSO dialogue with Forum Leaders meeting will provide an opportunity for Forum Leaders to hear CSOs’ perspectives on current regional priorities and to discuss the […]
04/09/2018

President of Nauru and Forum Chair, President Baron Waqa’s opening remarks to Forum Dialogue Partners

Fellow Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Honourable Ministers Excellencies Representatives of Forum Dialogue Partners Ladies and Gentlemen On behalf of the people and Government of Nauru, and […]
03/09/2018
SG at Forum Opening Ceremony

Statement by Secretary General Meg Taylor at the Opening Ceremony of the 49th Pacific Islands Forum

STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY GENERAL Dame Meg Taylor Opening Ceremony for the 49th Pacific Islands Forum and Related Meetings 3 September 2018 Nauru   The Honourable […]
03/09/2018

CSO Preparatory Workshop

Preparatory workshop for invited regional and national / local CSO representatives to the 2018 Civil Organisations Dialogue with Forum Leaders. Note: participation at this workshop is by […]
31/08/2018
Samoa PM at the Lowy Institute

Pacific Perspectives on the New Strategic Landscape – Address by Hon Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

“Pacific perspectives on the new geostrategic landscape” Address by the Hon Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Lowy Institute, Sydney AUSTRALIA 30th August, 2018   Chairman Sir […]
27/08/2018
SG Taylor speaking at USP Research Week

Introductory remarks by Secretary General Meg Taylor DBE to the University of the South Pacific’s Research Week

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS BY DAME MEG TAYLOR,  SECRETARY GENERAL Opening of Research Week by the Honourable Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of the […]