06/07/2018

Pacific Islands Forum Observer Statement to the 15th Annual Forum Fisheries Ministerial Meeting by Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor

Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 Chairman and representative of our host Government; Honourable Ministers of Fisheries and Senior Officials Director General of the Pacific […]
04/07/2018

Advancing Pacific Fisheries Interests

Fisheries being a shared and significant resource for our ocean states, Pacific nations have successfully managed their fisheries in a sustainable manner through joint efforts. As […]
26/06/2018

Statement by H.E Ambassador Mere Falemaka at the Signing of an MOU between WTO’s Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

H.E. Mr Eloi LAOUROU, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin and EIF Board Chair, Mr Ratnakar ADHIKARI, Executive Director of Enhanced Integrated Framework […]
22/06/2018

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. […]
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

Toolkit to enrich civil society engagement in policy development around fisheries sector launched

The Pacific Islands Forum is committed to working closely with civil society and non-government organisations to develop regional policy, and one sector in which this partnership […]
08/06/2018

Know our ocean – An Opinion-Editorial by Meg Taylor, DBE on World Oceans Day

This week we are all encouraged to know our ocean as the world marks World Ocean Day on the 8th June. As Pacific Islanders, we have a strong connection to our oceanic continent. Our totems are largely sea or land animals, and our coastal communities practiced ‘taboo’ over their fishing grounds way before the outside world entered our sphere. We can be proud of our intimate connection with the natural world around us. However, humanity has not treated our oceans well. They are in great trouble and urgent action is required. As stewards of the Pacific Ocean, the largest of the planets ocean systems, we have a great responsibility to take up this challenge – for ourselves and for our children and future generations. To the children and youth of our Blue Pacific continent, I say know your ocean. It is the source of life for so many of us. Human activity is damaging our marine resources and we must act now. Garbage in our ocean Each year, humanity pours its trash into waterways and rivers without a second thought of what happens after they discard their rubbish. Much of this ends up in the ocean, where, for example, more than eight (8) million tonnes of harmful plastic waste ends up annually. The world’s five ocean systems have been likened to “lungs” for our planet. For our community of ocean states, the Pacific Ocean is a source of both food and income; it has connected us in the past, and continues to do so today. The ripples of our ocean reach the shores of four continents. These connections are essentially pathways through which rubbish end up in our ocean of islands.
28/05/2018
APEC MRT

Statement by Pacific Islands Forum to the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting

Intro Thank you, Minister Pato, and good morning Honourable Ministers, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen. It is my pleasure to deliver these comments on behalf of […]
23/05/2018

Pacific Trade Officials Prepare for World Trade Organisation Negotiations

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Fiji (May 23, 2018) – Senior officials of Pacific trade, fisheries, agriculture and commerce sectors are in Suva this week for a collective […]