Pacific Islands Forum Leaders are committed to ensuring that sustainable development in the region is achieved on its terms and in a way that recognises the region’s rich culture, national circumstances, and oceanic resources.
The Pacific Sustainable Development Report tracks the region’s progress in realising the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (S.A.M.O.A) Pathway and other global commitments.
The Pacific Regional Education Framework (2018 – 2030) was adopted by Forum Education Ministers in 2018. It outlines a transformative and sustainable regional education agenda aligned with global agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly SDG4, the education goal and Education 2030: Incheon Declaration on Education for All Framework for Action.
The Framework’s four key policy areas of Quality and Relevance, Learning Pathways, Students Outcomes and Wellbeing and Teacher Professionalism will support the Forum Leaders’ Pacific Vision over the next twelve years.
Beginning in 2018, the heads of agencies comprising the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific present an Annual Report to Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum as part of the annual Forum meeting. The report highlights efforts across the region by the respective agencies to support the Forum agenda.
A key objective of the Forum Compact has been to drive more effective coordination of development resources from both Forum Island Countries and development partners. The reports document the findings and recommendations from the peer review of Australia and New Zealand’s Development Cooperation policies and procedures and the effectiveness of their application in Forum island countries (FICs). The reviews accord with the active support of all Pacific Forum Leaders to global aid effectiveness efforts and in particular the 2007 Pacific Islands Forum Principles for Aid Effectiveness and the 2009 Cairns Compact for Strengthening Development Coordination in the Pacific (Forum Compact).
The Cairns Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination (Forum Compact), adopted by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders at their meeting in August 2009, provides guidelines for accelerating the changes that support existing country efforts towards increased economic growth and social well-being in the Forum Island Countries (FICs). One of the mechanisms set up by the Compact is the Peer Review, which bring together officials of FICs and development partners to mutually address development challenges. The Reviews look at how FICs formulate their priorities, turn them into budgets, implement plans and monitor and report on results; and just importantly, how development partners act collectively and individually to support those priorities and processes.
Forum election observer missions facilitate independent analyses and reporting on elections, boost the confidence of voters and other participants in transparency of processes, and offer expert recommendations on how electoral processes might be improved.
Pacific Islands Forum Leaders have identified that climate change is the single largest threat to the welfare and livelihood of people in the Pacific. This is despite the fact that Pacific Island Countries (PICs) collectively emit just around 0.03% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. Five out of the 16 highest ranked countries in the 2016 World Risk Report are PICs (Vanuatu, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Fiji). According to the World Bank Pacific Possible 2017 Report, adaptation cost for coastal protection in PICs will require up to USD 234 million per year by 2020 and USD 285 million per year by 2040, on a best case scenario. In line with this, Pacific Islands Forum Leaders and Economic Ministers continuously reaffirmed the need for timely and simplified access to scaled-up financing for the Pacific.
As part of this work, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and regional development partners have been conducting climate change finance assessments on the ground. This section will have country reports.