UN accepts and registers PIDF Charter

The United Nations has week informed the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) that in accordance with Article 102 of the UN Charter the Secretary General of the UN has registered the Charter of the PIDF.

The Charter was signed in Suva on 04 September 2015 at the conclusion of the historical Third PIDF Leaders Summit.

There are currently ten signatories of the PIDF Charter. They are Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Pacific Island Association and Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO), Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO).

Speaking from  Tonga  where  he  is  attending  a  Pacific-SIDS New York Missions Chair’s Retreat and Strategy Meeting, the  Secretary General  of  the  PIDF  François Martel  expressed  his happiness at this major milestone in the development of the PIDF:

I am delighted by how quickly this very young international organisation has grown since its inaugural meeting three years ago. In that very short space of time the PIDF has successfully concluded  a  Host  Country  Agreement  with  Fiji,  it  has  successfully  concluded  five  partnership agreements with key regional agencies and international NGO’s that will  provide technical support to the PIDF, it has successfully  promulgated its Charter with ten members signing on since the last Summit.  Now the UN has given the green light and registered the PIDF Charter with the UN Treaties Division in New York.”

“Registration  opens  up  the  door  for  the  PIDF  to  participate  fully  in  all  UN  processes  and systems. 

“This cannot come at a better time when the PIDF is gearing itself up for engaging in a  number  of  major  UN undertakings  in  the  region on  Post-COP21  initiatives and  the  Agenda 2030  and  its  Sustainable  Development  Goals  Framework. He further added, “I thank the Government of Fiji, as the Host Country of PIDF for facilitating the tabling of our Charter with the UN, said Martel