News 15 Sep 2017
The 48th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting was recently staged in Samoa’s capital Apia, focusing on the theme, The Blue Pacific – Our Sea of Islands – Our Security through Sustainable Development, Management and Conservation.
Leaders and representatives from around the Pacific (pictured), including New Zealand, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Nauru, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Palau, Fiji, and Niue attended meetings from September 5 to 8, with the Forum Leaders’ Retreat staged at Taumeasina Island Resort in Apia on September 8.
Along with recognising the Blue Pacific, as being about all Pacific peoples comprising our ocean of islands, and being the catalyst for deeper Pacific regionalism, leaders called for actions such as fast-tracking the development of policies to ban the use of single-use plastic bags, plastic and styrofoam packaging and called on Pacific Rim partners to join and commit to action on addressing marine pollution and marine debris.
They have called for a united regional effort that establishes and secures international recognition of the permanent protection and integrity of the maritime zones and sovereignty from the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.
Other issues explored at the forum, and documented in the Communique include: analysis of regional governance and financing and sustainable development priorities; security; forum membership and meetings; Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat sustainable funding strategy; the reappointing of Dame Meg Taylor, DBE, as Secretary General for a second, three-year term; and country initiatives.
These are explored in detail in the Communique, which can be found HERE.
Meanwhile, Nauru will host the 49th PIF Leaders Meeting, in 2018.