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Pacific Islands regional organisation

Pacific Islands Forum Ministers Meetings

Group photo of participants from the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in 2022.
Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting, 14 July 2022, Suva, Fiji. Credit: Pacific Islands Forum (twitter).

In addition to the annual Leaders' Retreat, the Pacific Islands Forum convenes a range of other high-level ministerial meetings. There are standing annual meetings of Forum Foreign Ministers and Forum Economic Ministers Meetings. An annual meeting of Pacific Women Leaders commenced in 2022. Forum Trade Ministers meet every two years.

Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting

At the 46th Pacific Islands Forum in September 2015, Leaders agreed that Forum Foreign Ministers meet annually to assist and inform Leaders of relevant regional and international issues facing the region. The Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting (FFMM) provides a platform in the Forum's architecture for discussion on regional and international issues facing the Pacific.

Forum Economic Ministers Meeting

The Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) addresses the key economic and socio-economic issues facing the Pacific, and the development and endorsement of regional responses to support and complement each country's domestic policies. In recent years the FEMM has discussed climate change financing, remittances, tourism, labour mobility and recovering from the economic and socio-economic impact of COVID-19.

Forum Women Leaders Meeting

At the Pacific Islands Forum Special Leaders' Retreat on 3 February 2021, Leaders endorsed a standing Pacific Islands Forum Women Leaders Meeting (PIFWLM), to be held annually ahead of the Leaders Meeting.

The inaugural Pacific Islands Forum Women Leaders Meeting was hosted on 9 June 2022. The meeting established a 12-month work program to progress gender equality in the region, including revitalising the 2012 Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration to be presented to Leaders for a renewed commitment in 2023. The meeting noted the links to the Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Women, and highlighted the outcomes of the 2021 Triennial Conference and Meeting for Leaders’ attention. Leaders recognised the meeting as a milestone for the region in demonstrating collective commitment to ensuring that Forum priorities are considerate of gender equality. Leaders welcomed and endorsed the recommendations of the Pacific Islands Forum Women Leaders meeting at the 51st Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting hosted 11-14 July 2022.

Forum Trade Ministers Meeting

At the Pacific Islands Forum Special Leaders' Retreat on 3 February 2021, Leaders endorsed the convening of the Forum Trade Ministers Meeting in 2021 and thereafter, the regularisation of the Forum Trade Ministers Meeting on a biennial basis. This new ministerial platform recognises the importance of trade to the region's economic recovery, and to sustainable growth and employment in the region. It contributes towards deeper regional trade and economic integration. Trade Ministers previously met on an ad hoc basis.

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