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.
23/04/2018

The Blue Pacific at the Micronesian Non-Profit Congress

Hafa Adai! The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is committed to working closely with Civil Society Organisations across the region to ensure an inclusive approach to policy […]
05/09/2017

Opening Address by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Mailelegaoi of Samoa to open the 48th Pacific Islands Forum 2017

Address by The Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa & Chair of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting […]
05/06/2017

Remarks by Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa at the High-Level Pacific Regional Side event by PIFS on Our Values and identity as stewards of the world’s largest oceanic continent, The Blue Pacific

U.N Headquarters New York 5 June 2017   Excellencies, Distinguished delegates Ladies and gentlemen.   Today’s side-event shines the spotlight on the Large Ocean Island States […]
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 […]
06/06/2014

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat celebrates World Oceans Day

The Pacific will join other countries and their peoples to celebrate World Oceans Day on 8th June 2014. Events are planned around the world to celebrate […]