19/07/2018

Securing the potential and well-being of the Blue Pacific by Meg Taylor DBE, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum

Effective regional security underpins the vision outlined in the theme for this year’s Pacific Islands Forum: Building a Strong Pacific: Our People, Our Islands, Our Will. The security of our people and their environment is crucial for sustainable growth and development, and the way we organise ourselves to protect and nurture our Blue Continent must be something we decide for ourselves. “Securing the wellbeing and potential of The Blue Pacific is at the centre of the Forum Agenda”, said Forum Chair and Prime Minister of Samoa, the Hon. Tuilaepa Malielegaoi at the Korea-Pacific Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting in Seoul last December. “Protecting The Blue Pacific will require a collective security architecture that recognizes, promotes and provides security in the broadest sense of the term. There is commitment to working together to ensure the security of our shared ocean geography, resources and ecosystems therein, from unsustainable exploitation and illegal activities, including illegal fishing and transnational crime. This is a time of profound change; and this change is taking place at an unprecedented pace. Geo-strategic competition between major world powers has once again made our region a place of renewed interest and strategic importance. Climate change increasingly affects our people in a variety of ways including increased severe weather events, scarcity of food and water, and displaced communities. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are burgeoning and with them issues relating to cyber security and cyber enabled crime. Within this context, at the Forum Leaders meeting in Apia last year, Leaders directed the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to engage in consultations to refresh our existing security arrangements to meet the regions current and future security challenges.
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.
19/05/2018

Opening Address by the Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum

The Honorable Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan Fellow Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Honourable Ministers Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen I bring you warm greetings from the […]
15/05/2018

Gerson Alik Jackson – Representing Micronesia on the Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism

The Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism recently welcomed four new members. The new member representing Micronesia is Gerson Alik Jackson, born on March 30, 1953 in the […]
11/05/2018
Kiribati meeting with customs and private sector officials

Kiribati Consultations on the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement

At the request of the Kiribati government, the Forum Secretariat is in Kiribati this week to undertake consultations on the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA) […]
11/05/2018

2018 FEMM: Regional Initiatives To Improve Statistical Services For Pacific Countries

  FORUM ECONOMIC MINISTERS MEETING AND FORUM ECONOMIC OFFICIALS MEETING 25-27 April 2018 Koror, Palau             STANDING AGENDA ITEM REGIONAL INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE STATISTICAL SERVICES […]
11/05/2018
2018 FEMM: Regional Tourism Marketing And Development Initiatives
FORUM ECONOMIC MINISTERS MEETING AND FORUM ECONOMIC OFFICIALS MEETING 25-27 April 2018 Koror, Palau   STANDING AGENDA ITEM Regional Tourism Marketing And Development Initiatives     […]
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 […]