March 2, 2021

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 […]
February 26, 2021

Technical Working Group meets to update on 2021 work programmes for Public finance management, climate finance.

On February 25, 2021, the Pacific Islands Forum’s Director for Programmes & Initiatives, Mr Zarak Khan chaired the first meeting of the year for the Informal […]
January 29, 2021

“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.
January 22, 2021
Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum and Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Hon. Kausea Natano.

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 […]
December 17, 2018
kiribati oceanscape

The ocean plays an integral part in the climate system

The Pacific Islands States who believe that the Ocean plays an integral part in the climate system say that the Blue Pacific Continent they have stewardship of cannot afford the risks of exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. These sentiments have been shared time and again by Pacific Islands representatives at COP 24 and those who have presented in a myriad of side events at the Pacific and Koronivia Pavilion in Katowice, Poland. Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi said “The recent IPCC 1.5 degrees Special Report shows that a 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming is not just a limit for Small Islands Developing States, but it is a limit for everyone.” "From extreme weather events to sea level rise, from slowed economic growth to biodiversity loss, the report speaks to the risks of exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius. For our Blue Pacific continent, it is a risk we cannot afford," he emphasized.
December 13, 2018

Pacific Islands Forum Statement to the High Level Segment of COP 24

Statement from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Delivered to the High-Level Segment of COP 24 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 Katowice, Poland President of the COP, In […]
December 8, 2018

Remarks by Samoa Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi on "Understanding the Ocean Climate Crosswalk: A Pacific Perspective"

Remarks by Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi At the Office of Pacific Ocean Commissioner Event “Understanding the Ocean Climate Crosswalk: A Pacific Perspective” Pacific and Koronivia […]
December 4, 2018
COP 24 Composite Photo

Negotiating Ambitious Global Climate Action at COP24

This week members of the Pacific Islands Forum will join the global community in Poland for COP24, a meeting of the United Nations aimed at tackling […]
October 29, 2018
Pacific Leaders at UNGA

Pacific Leaders Emphasise Action On Climate Change

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders have emphasised the need for action on climate change saying it is the single greatest threat to the livelihood, security and well-being of Pacific people. The point was made often as Forum Leaders and Ministers addressed the the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September. Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said “The Pacific region is already facing the destructive impacts of climate change and disasters. Cyclones, floods, droughts. Sea level rise and ocean acidification are taking their toll on the health and well-being of our peoples, environment and economies. Disaster related economic losses in Pacific island countries as a percentage of GDP are higher than almost anywhere else in the world.” “Our people are waiting, the world is watching. It is incumbent on each individual leader and country to raise the level of ambition not just as an inspirational goal, but as deliverables of the Paris Agreement. For the Pacific peoples and our Blue Pacific region, urgent ambitious action on climate change is the only option.”
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