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.
30/07/2018

Statement by the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific to the Climate Action Pacific Partnership

STATEMENT BY THE COUNCIL OF REGIONAL ORGANISATIONS IN THE PACIFIC Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum 27 July 2018 Grand Pacific Hotel […]
13/06/2018
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Legislating for climate smart disaster risk management in the Pacific

Legislating for climate smart disaster risk management (DRM) is one of the many ways in which the Pacific region is working together to strengthen its resilience […]
30/05/2018
Pacific Resilience Partnership

Inaugural Meeting of the Pacific Resilience Partnership Taskforce

United in their commitment to an integrated and inclusive approach for resilient development in the Pacific, representatives of government, civil society, private sector, regional agencies, and […]
23/05/2018
Dame Meg Taylor addressing the first Pacific Resilience Partnership Taskforce meeting.

Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor’s opening remarks to the first Pacific Resilience Partnership Taskforce Meeting

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat 23 May 2018   Good morning and a warm welcome to each of you who have been nominated by your constituent group […]
10/05/2018
Pacific Leaders meet French President Macron

Pacific Leaders Meet with French President in New Caledonia

Pacific Leaders underlined their common identity as the ‘Blue Pacific’ during their meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in New Caledonia last weekend. Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele […]
04/05/2018
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Introductory Address at the Pacific Community Leaders-France Dialogue by the Hon. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

President Macron Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen: I would like to acknowledge with appreciation this opportunity provided for Heads of State and Government of the Pacific to […]
25/04/2018

Forum Economic Ministers to Discuss Investments to Build Resilient Ocean States

The repercussions of a warming planet are increasing both in intensity and in frequency. This is the case whether they are extreme, sudden, or slow onset weather and climate events. Either way they demand nothing less than innovative actions, and strengthened collaboration and cooperation of all stakeholders. Key to how our region responds to climate change and extreme weather events and their impacts on our island homes and our resources is the nature and extent of our resilience. It requires Pacific Islands Forum members to invest in pathways towards economic, social, and environmental resilience. It requires our Governments to complement their respective approaches with input and contributions from development partners, including the private sector, who are key to resource mobilisation and to implementation. It also requires civil society to play a key role, to ensure effective links between policies and practice are well established and they endure.
06/06/2017

Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor’s Remarks to the Oceans Conference Going to scale in the ocean: From large scale MPAs to Whole Domain Management and Beyond

United Nations Ocean Conference New York 6 June 2017   Salutations Prime Minister, Minister, Excellencies Members of the Diplomatic corps Representatives of regional and international organisations […]