20/09/2018
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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.
05/09/2018
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Boe Declaration on Regional Security

Forum Leaders: Recognising and reaffirming our endorsement of the Biketawa Declaration in the year 2000 and recalling the principles underpinning the Biketawa Declaration such as commitment […]
10/08/2018
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Forum Foreign Ministers: Collective Diplomacy for a Stronger Pacific Region

10th August 2018 Apia: Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers have underlined their commitment to collective diplomacy and enhanced action regional security arrangements to build a stronger region […]
10/08/2018
PM Samoa at FFMM

Opening Remarks by the Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa and Forum Chair Rt Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi to Forum Foreign Ministers

2018 FORUM FOREIGN MINISTERS MEETING   Opening Remarks by the Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa and Forum Chair The Right Honourable Tuilaepa Aiono […]
10/08/2018
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Forum Foreign Ministers To Discuss Regional Security and Collective Diplomacy

10th August 2018 Apia, Samoa: Building a strong Pacific through enhanced regional security and amplified international engagement and advocacy will be at the centre of discussions […]
09/07/2018
SG Speaking at Public Lecture by PM O'Neill

Introductory Remarks by Dame Meg Taylor at the Public Lecture by the Right Hon. Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

  INTRODUCTORY REMARKS BY DAME MEG TAYLOR,  SECRETARY GENERAL Public Lecture by the Right Honourable Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea USP Laucala Campus […]
18/06/2018
Dame Meg Taylor to Biketawa Plus Workshop

Opening Remarks by Meg Taylor DBE, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum at the Biketawa Plus Security Declaration Workshop

Opening Remarks by Meg Taylor, DBE, Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Pacific Islands Forum Members Workshop on the Biketawa Plus Security Declaration Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat […]
03/05/2018

Briefing Melanesian Spearhead Group Police Commissioners and Ministers on Biketawa Plus

The Forum Secretariat’s Regional Security Advisor, Viliame Wilikilagi, attended the 8th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Police Commissioners Conference and the 3rd MSG Police Ministers Meeting in […]
19/04/2018

Strengthening Regional Security and Information Sharing

Security in the Pacific region is an indispensable necessity for sustainable development and economic growth. The Framework for Pacific Regionalism identifies security as a principle objective […]