Pacific Islands Forum

Forum des Iles du Pacifique

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History

5 Aug 1971, Wellington (New Zealand), at first meeting, as South Pacific Forum, a gathering of heads of government of independent and self-governing states in the South Pacific developing a collective response to regional issues. First meeting led to a meeting of senior officials, Nov 1971, Wellington, under the title Committee on South Pacific Trade, which recommended the creation of a permanent Bureau to deal with trade and economic matters. This was approved at the 2nd meeting of the Forum, 1972, as 'Trade Bureau', which later became the 'South Pacific Bureau for Economic Co-operation (SPEC)'. In 1988 this became 'South Pacific Forum Secretariat (SPFS)', now Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. The annual gathering of Leaders continued to be known as 'South Pacific Forum' until Oct 2000, when current title was adopted. In 2005, Leaders opened a new 'Forum Agreement' for signature, formally establishing the Forum as an intergovernmental organization under international law. The previous legal definition of the Forum only applied to the Secretariat; the new agreement relates to the Forum's structure, purpose and functions, consistent with the Pacific Plan adopted by Leaders.

Aims

Provide an opportunity for heads of government to come together annually to discuss common concerns and agree on regional responses to assist national and regional priorities.

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Activities

Current focus is to assist with implementation of the Pacific Plan to deepen regional cooperation and integration. The Plan also seeks to explore where the region might gain the most by sharing resources and aligning policies.

Structure

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Languages

English.

Staff

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Financing

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 26 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 5 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 20 countries
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Subjects *

  • Government
    • Government

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

UIA Org ID

E5377

Last News Received

2017
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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