News 17 Nov 2017
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) is calling on all stakeholders in the Pacific to make their voice heard on issues surrounding Pacific regionalism.
For almost five decades, Pacific Island countries have worked together to address common interests through Pacific regionalism, knowing more can be achieved together, than alone.
The Framework for Pacific Regionalism reinforces the commitment of Forum Leaders to work together to ensure the security, harmony and prosperity of our Pacific region.
During their meeting in September 2017 in Samoa, PIF Leaders deepened this commitment by endorsing The Blue Pacific as a new narrative for collective political action in the Pacific that calls for working together as one Blue Continent.
This narrative aims to harness our shared ocean identity, geography and resources to focus policy development to drive positive change in the Pacific’s socio-cultural, political and economic development.
Committed to an inclusive and transparent regional policy agenda owned by all Pacific people, the Forum Secretariat conducts an annual process of Pacific wide consultations with stakeholders to inform policy development.
The Secretariat is currently engaged in policy consultations and will be accepting submissions until February 9, 2018.
All interested stakeholders are invited to contribute and if you have experience, ideas, or insights you believe can inform a regional approach to any issue then the Forum Secretariat welcomes your participation.
To help guide your submission the Secretariat has prepared a guidance note which you should read before making a submission.
Additionally, the Forum Secretariat’s State of Pacific Regionalism Report 2017 has been put together to promote discussion around some of the issues and opportunities that may call for the region to work together.
The Forum Secretariat will also be carrying out consultation workshops in Forum Member countries between now and February.
These will be open to all stakeholders including Forum Officials, CROP and regional agency representatives, private sector, civil society and community groups, development partners, and researchers and academics, and the broader public.
If you or your organisation is interested in participating and would like more details on when we will be in your area then please get in touch.
At the close of the Regional Policy Consultations, the Forum Secretariat will review and aggregate the information it receives, and categorise key themes and trends.
CROP agency officials are likely to be called on to provide technical advice in areas that have emerged through the consultation relating to their own fields of expertise, as part of this process.
Following the consolidation of information received, the Forum Secretariat will develop a small set of initial policy recommendations, based on the State of Pacific Regionalism Report and in the context of existing regional policy priorities.
The Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism will convene in March 2018 to support the prioritisation of regional policy options for Forum Leaders’ consideration.
Once developed, the report on regional policy priorities will be circulated to Forum Members for comment, and it will be tabled at key regional meetings, FEMM, FFMM, FOC, CRGA for additional commentary before it is forwarded to Forum Leaders for final consideration and endorsement at the PIFS meeting in Nauru, September 2018.