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.
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 […]
March 8, 2018

New Pacific Partnership addresses gender equality and violence against women

Suva, Fiji  (March 08, 2018) – This International Women’s Day, a new EUR18.2 million regional programme to improve gender equality and address violence against women and girls […]
August 8, 2017

Secretary General Meg Taylor’s Opening Remarks at 2017 Forum Officials Committee Pre-forum Session

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat 8 – 9 August 2017   Excellencies and Members delegates of the Forum Officials Committee CROP Agency Heads and Representatives and Observers […]
June 29, 2017

Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor’s remarks to dedicate the RAMSI Peace Monument

Central Police Station 29 June 2017 Your Excellency, Sir Frank Kabui, Governor General of Solomon Islands The Honourable, Sir Albert Palmer, Chief Justice of Solomon Islands […]
May 31, 2017

Director Policy-Economic Governance Shiu Raj’s remarks to the 7th Non-State Actors Dialogue on PACER Plus

Warwick Le Lagon Hotel Port Vila, Vanuatu 31 May 2017 Honorable Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Hon. Ham Lini Co-Chairs for […]
May 31, 2017

Director Policy-Economic Governance Shiu Raj’s remarks to the 7th Non-State Actors Dialogue on PACER Plus

Warwick Le Lagon Hotel Port Vila, Vanuatu 31 May 2017   Honorable Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Hon. Ham Lini Co-Chairs […]
October 27, 2015

Secretary General Dame Meg Taylors remarks at the Private Sector Dialogue Workshop Recognising the Importance of the Private Sector in Developing the Pacific Region

Edgewater Resort & Spa Rarotonga, Cook Islands 27 October 2015 Mr Stephen Lyon, President, Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce Ms Catherine Etuata Papani, Executive of the Pacific Islands […]