Suva, 18 July 2022 (TDI):  The 51st Pacific Islands Forum was held in Suva, Fiji. The Heads of state and Officials of Pacific countries took part in the forum.

The leaders from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Niue, New Caledonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Republic of Palau, Solomon, Vanuatu, and Tonga participated in the event.

The officials from many other regional organizations were also present at the occasion. Multiple issues and matters were discussed at the Fifty-First Pacific Islands Forum.

Leaders of the participatory states congratulated the Prime Minister of Fiji, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama on organizing the event. They also thanked the Government and the people of Fiji for their hospitality.

Inaugural PIF Women Leaders’ Meeting

The leaders congratulated the Government of Fiji on organizing the inaugural standing Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Women Leaders Meeting.

They also mentioned that it shows the collective commitment of the region to ensure gender-balanced perspectives and views.

Strategic Context and Regional Unity & Solidarity

The participants highlighted the importance of the Pacific Islands Forum. Also, the leaders acknowledged that many economies and communities across the region continue to face a range of social, economic, and development challenges.

Therefore, the members recognized the importance of regional unity and solidarity. The unity among the Pacific states will help to deal with the challenges and achieve common objectives.

2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent

The members welcomed the strategy of 2050 or the Blue Pacific Continent. They endorsed that it will act as the base for advancing Pacific regionalism for the coming three decades.

They emphasized the importance of wellbeing and economic prosperity to the security of Pacific countries. Also, they highlighted the need to increase business-to-business engagements to realize the potential of the Pacific people.

Climate Action: Regional Priorities for COP 27

The members agreed that climate change remains the biggest issue for the Pacific states. Therefore they must act against the rising climate threats.

All parties must work on Paris Agreement and fully ensure the implementation of COP 27. Also, they showed their commitment to achieving zero carbon emission by the year 2050.