12/12/2018
Cook Islands PM at COP24 (Photo Nanette Woonton)

Pacific Island Countries Need Scaled Up Access To Climate Change Finance

By Honourable Henry Puna, Prime Minster of the Cook Islands - A key priority for my fellow Pacific Leaders and negotiators currently attending the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), is accessing climate finance, across all finance mechanisms of the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement. The Cook Islands is a country comprising of 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific.  Under a variety of potential climate change scenarios, each one of these islands are at great risk due to sea level rise, extreme rainfall events, storm surges, strong winds or extreme high air temperatures. This disturbing reality is shared by most of the ten million Pacific islanders who inhabit the oceanic continent we call the Blue Pacific. As our people work to adapt their communities to deal with the effects of a changing climate, our countries must again call for the scaling up of climate related financing. Our small economies simply cannot afford these efforts on their own. We seek committed and reliable partners who can help us continue with our mitigation strategies and our adaptation needs.
07/12/2018
Samoa, Cook Islands, & Kiribati Climate Finance Representatives at COP24

Pacific Island Countries Demonstrate Leadership on Climate Finance

7th December 2018 Katowice, Poland – December 7, 2018: Pacific island countries have demonstrated leadership and a strong commitment to enhancing their ability to access and […]
26/10/2018
Ms Tasha Siaosi at far left, with officials from MFAI including Pacific Division FAO Antonina Browne at far right.

Smaller Island States Adviser Visits Cook Islands

26th October 2018 The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat’s Smaller Island States (SIS) Adviser Tasha Siaosi visited Rarotonga on the 21st – 25th of October, 2018 to […]
13/06/2018
Forum Election Observer Team in the Cook Islands

Pacific Islands Forum observes Cook Islands parliamentary elections

At the invitation of the Cook Islands Government, the Pacific Islands Forum will observe the 2018 Cook Islands general election that will be held on Thursday […]
29/05/2018

Stephen Lyon: Representing the Private Sector on the Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism

The Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism recently welcomed four new members. The new member representing the private sector is Mr. Stephen Lyon. Mr Lyon is the current […]
25/04/2018

Forum Economic and Finance Ministers look at Pacific Resilience

Koror, Palau (April 25, 2018) – Strengthening the economic resilience of the Blue Pacific region is the focus of the Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting […]
04/03/2017

Pacific Island Forum Economic Ministers Meet on Financing for Development Solutions

Financing for Development Solutionsis the focus when the Economic Ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum meet in Suva this week. Forum Economic Ministers will consider a […]
01/04/2015

Pacific Leaders Appoint Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism

Acting on behalf of Pacific Island Forum Leaders, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) announced the appointment of eight representatives from across the region to the […]
06/05/2014

Leaders Commit to Reinvigorate Regionalism

Leaders of Forum member countries meeting today in the Cook Islands agreed to reinvigorate their efforts towards regional cooperation and integration under the Pacific Plan. Attending […]