Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and FIFA put climate partnership into action

Key activities will include employing FIFA Legends to raise climate change awareness and adapting existing infrastructure in one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to make it more climate proof.

Forum Secretary General Puna congratulates new Samoa Prime Minister, Fiame Mata’afa

Puna said as Samoa’s first woman prime minister, it is a historic moment for Samoa, and the Forum family.

“I urge all parties involved to continue to uphold the rule of law and carry out the necessary steps to ensure the peaceful transfer of power. I also commend the Samoan people for allowing the democratic, constitutional, and legal processes to take their proper course. As espoused under the Biketawa Declaration, it is important for Samoa and our region that all is done to uphold respect for the rule of law, democratic process, and the peaceful transfer of power,” Puna said.

Pacific called on to focus its collective energies

Dame Meg Taylor, speaking just ahead of the leaders' summit in Apia, says the Pacific faces significant challenges to realising its political and development ambitions.

She said the current context of global, political, economic and environmental uncertainty exacerbated this.

Dame Meg said, for instance, there was a huge gap in terms of the financing needed for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Forum China visit a success - trade commissioner

That's the view of the Forum's trade commissioner to China, David Morris, who was on a Forum trip to China last month.

The Forum delegation was led by secretary general Dame Meg Taylor, who said they wanted to develop a deeper and more dynamic relationship.

Mr Morris said they met with key officials, particularly in Guangzhou which had links with the Pacific going back more than 100 years.

He said better links with China were fundamentally important for the Pacific.

Have your say about Regional Priorities

The PIFS Non-state Actors (NSA) Programme Unit is coordinating a Regional Civil Society Forum that will be held in the lead up to the event.  Ideas generated during the forum will be presented to Troika Leaders, i.e. the past (RMI), current (Palau) and future chair (PNG) of the Pacific Islands Forum. This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard.

U.S and Pacific explore platform for economic development engagement

The two day meeting at the Fijian Hotel on Yanuca Island will among other things explore how Pacific exporters can take advantage of the U.S Generalised System of Preferences (GSP).

Forum presented with five priority issues

The issues were identified by the recently created Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism and have been presented to the Forum Officials Committee meeting in Suva.

In May the Sub-Committee called for public proposals and received 68 proposals.

Dame Meg Taylor says the issues raised reflected community expectations of the role Forum leaders could play.

The five issues are increased economic returns from fisheries and maritime surveillance; climate change and disaster risk management; information and communication technology; West Papua and cervical cancer.

K500m funding deal between Pacific and Europe

The Pacific RIP amounts to EUR 166 million or more than  K500 million.

Forum Secretariat secretary general Dame Meg Taylor and the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr Neven Mimica signed the 11th EDF Pacific RIP

The Pacific RIP will benefit the 15 Pacific ACP countries (Cook Islands, Timor- Leste, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu).