Pacific Islands Forum

Forum des Iles du Pacifique

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1971-08-05 Wellington New Zealand


Established 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 E-XE4630 - 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.


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.


2024-08-26 | Nuku'alofa, Tonga – Annual Forum

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Annual Meeting of Leaders chaired on rotating basis by head of host government. Forum Officials Committee (FOC), comprising senior representatives from all member governments, acts as governing body and decides the budget and work programmes for the Forum Secretariat.


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