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.
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 […]
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 […]
01/06/2018

Eliminating fisheries subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

Fisheries are a key source of economic opportunity for Pacific Islanders and Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ recognise fisheries as one of the regions sustainable development priorities. […]
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 […]
28/03/2018

Fisheries

11/08/2017

2017 Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting Outcomes

2017 Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting – Outcomes Fiji 11 August 2017 Forum Secretariat, Suva. The second standing meeting of Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers was held […]
02/06/2017

Regional organisations support for Pacific Countries at UN Oceans Conference

Leaders from Pacific island countries and territories will attend the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York next week looking to show the world how important […]
08/09/2016

Secretary General, Meg Taylor DBE, Remarks to the 47th Pacific Islands Forum Opening Ceremony State of the Region

Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia 8 September 2016   Kaselehlie Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum and your delegations; Distinguished Guests and Development Partners; Friends It is […]