January 29, 2021

“Our strength lies in our solidarity”- Fiji’s clear call for regionalism.

This year marks 50 years since the founding of the Pacific Islands Forum. Six sovereign nations and the Cook Islands came together in Wellington in 1971 to form what was then the South Pacific Forum. The small island states of the Pacific were newly independent, and soon more would join as new nations formed from the rapidly diminishing colonial presence in our part of the world. Today we are 18 full members, plus associate members and partner states. Our success, however, is not just measured by our membership, because this is not a club; it is measured by our accomplishments, because we are a forum of sovereign nations confronting serious challenges in our region. With the support from the larger countries of Australia and New Zealand and other partner states and organizations, Pacific Island states have boldly and unashamedly asserted our interests and exercised our rights as sovereign nations through this forum. We have never assumed that our size should relegate us to a back seat in determining the future of this region—or indeed, the world. And we never will. So as we mark our golden anniversary this evening, we must take the opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved together, as one collective through the Pacific Islands Forum—and celebrate those achievements. Together, we fought for a nuclear-free Pacific and committed to the Rarotonga Treaty. Together, we negotiated and advocated what became the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea—and we are asserting our rights under that convention. Together, we have refined and committed to a region of democracy, peace and strengthened regional security.
September 4, 2018

2018 Civil Society Organisations Dialogue with Forum Leaders

The CSO dialogue with Forum Leaders meeting will provide an opportunity for Forum Leaders to hear CSOs’ perspectives on current regional priorities and to discuss the […]
September 4, 2018

2018 Civil Society Organisations Dialogue with Forum Leaders

The CSO dialogue with Forum Leaders meeting will provide an opportunity for Forum Leaders to hear CSOs’ perspectives on current regional priorities and to discuss the […]
September 3, 2018

CSO Preparatory Workshop

Preparatory workshop for invited regional and national / local CSO representatives to the 2018 Civil Organisations Dialogue with Forum Leaders. Note: participation at this workshop is by […]
September 3, 2018

CSO Preparatory Workshop

Preparatory workshop for invited regional and national / local CSO representatives to the 2018 Civil Organisations Dialogue with Forum Leaders. Note: participation at this workshop is by […]
June 22, 2018

Regional Policy Forum – Tackling Sustainable Development in the Pacific through Sport

This year PIFS will host the first of a series of policy forums building on the ‘Blue Pacific’ narrative around our shared identity, geography and resources. […]
June 22, 2018

Regional Policy Forum – Tackling Sustainable Development in the Pacific through Sport

This year PIFS will host the first of a series of policy forums building on the ‘Blue Pacific’ narrative around our shared identity, geography and resources. […]
March 29, 2018

Civil Society Diplomacy Strengthened at Regional Meeting

Increasing population movements, economic progress, human security and governance have been identified by participants at the annual regional Civil Society Organisations’ (CSO) Forum last week as thematic priority policy areas for consideration by the Pacific leadership.  
March 19, 2018

Samoa makes its contribution to regional policy consultations

Apia, Samoa (March 19)– Policy consultations to inform the development of regional initiatives called for by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders are taking place this week in […]
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