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 Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund was a multi country grant facility available to 14 Forum Island Countries(FICs). It was launched by Japan and FIC Leaders at PALM 5 in 2009, with funding of ¥6.8billion or US$66m to support projects in solar power generation, sea water desalination or a combination of both. This initiative has made prodigious impacts directly to the livelihoods of the people in the Communities where the projects had been carried out. The PEC Fund did not only bring direct development benefits to the FICs through improved access to electricity and water supply, but also provided a platform to encourage engagement by the Japanese private sector with the FICs.
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, in collaboration with the USAID/SPC Institutional Strengthening of Pacific Island Countries to Adapt to Climate Change (ISACC) Project, is pleased to launch the Third Volume of Pacific Experiences with Options relevant to Climate Change and Disaster Risk Finance.
This booklet explores the experiences of Forum Island Countries (FICs) in implementing various climate change and disaster risk finance options to provide useful and practical lessons for other countries to learn from and adapt to their national circumstances.
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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.
This report was produced jointly by the members of the Pacific Plan Review— chaired by the Rt. Hon. Mekere Morauta, KCMG, and supported by Forum country representatives Mrs Peseta Noumea Simi and Mr Redley Killion, and consultants Mr Peter Bazeley and Mr Nick Poletti – working together as an independent team under agreement for/contract to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). Mr Robert Igara contributed as an Adviser to Sir Mekere Morauta, supported by the Government of Papua New Guinea. The analysis and recommendations reflected in this publication are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of PIFS or those of its Member governments. While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, PIFS, its officers, its employees, and its agents accept no liability for any loss, damage, or expense arising out of or in connection with any reliance on, any omissions, or any inaccuracies in the material contained in this publication.
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.