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Pacific Islands regional organisation

Pacific Islands Forum Ministers Meetings

Delegates wearing the same shirt
Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers' Meeting Delegates, 26 July 2019, Suva, Fiji.

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 will commence in 2021 and Forum Trade Ministers will begin to meet every two years. The Forum also coordinates with other Pacific regional organisations to facilitate high-level government contact. For example, the Pacific Aviation Safety Office organises the ad hoc Pacific Regional Aviation Ministers Meetings.

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 and strategising on regional and international issues facing the Pacific region.

Outcomes of the 2020 Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting
Outcomes of the 2019 Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting [DOCX 50 KB]
Outcomes of the 2018 Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting
Outcomes of the 2017 Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting

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.

Outcomes of the 2020 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting
Action Plan of the 2019 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting
Action Plan of the 2018 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting
Action Plan of the 2017 Forum Economic Ministers Meeting

Forum Women Leaders Meeting

At the Pacific Islands Forum Special Leaders' Retreat on 3 February 2021, Leaders endorsed an annual standing Pacific Islands Forum Women Leaders Meeting (FWLM), to be held ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting. The FWLM will enable direct advice to Forum Leaders on gender equality issues in the Pacific. In 2020, Foreign Minister Marise Payne co-convened three meetings of Pacific women leaders to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on women and girls in the Pacific region. Samoan Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, co-convened the meetings in June and August, and Fijian Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, the Hon Mereseini Vuniwaqa, co-convened the meeting in December. Pacific Ministers for Women had previously met on an ad hoc basis.

Joint statement following the meeting of Pacific Women Leaders (June 2020)
Joint statement following the 2nd meeting of Pacific Women Leaders (August 2020)
Joint statement following the 3rd meeting of Pacific Women Leaders (December 2020)

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 will also contribute towards deeper regional trade and economic integration. Trade Ministers have previously met on an ad hoc basis, most recently in 2020.

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