Profile: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

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About Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is the Secretariat for the Pacific Islands Forum. It was established in 1972 and is an international organisation. Its headquarters are located in Suva, Fiji. The Secretariat’s mandate is delivered through the annual Leaders’ Communiqués and high level ministerial meeting decisions. It is also mandated to coordinate the implementation of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

The Framework for Pacific Regionalism represents Leaders long term commitment to deeper regionalism as a means to achieving Leaders vision. It sets out a number of ways in which ambitious and transformative initiatives best addressed through a regional approach can be identified.

The primary roles of the Secretariat are to provide policy advice, coordination and assistance in implementing the decisions of the Forum Leaders.

The Pacific Islands Forum has 18 member states and territories. They are: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Associate member is: Tokelau.

Current Forum Observers are: Wallis and Futuna, the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, the World Bank, the ACP Group, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and the International Organisation for Migration with Timor Leste as Special Observer.

The Forum Secretariat has trade offices in Auckland, Beijing, Sydney and Tokyo that work independently but together are part of the Pacific Islands Trade and Investment network. The Secretariat also has an office in Geneva, Switzerland for the permanent delegation of the Pacific Islands Forum to the World Trade Organisation.

Our Vision

Leaders Vision in the Auckland Declaration, April 2004
“Leaders believe the Pacific region can, should and will be a region of peace, harmony, security and economic prosperity, so that all of its people can lead free and worthwhile lives. We treasure the diversity of the Pacific and seek a future in which its cultures, traditions and religious beliefs are valued, honoured and developed. We seek a Pacific region that is respected for the quality of its governance, the sustainable management of its resources, the full observance of democratic values and for its defence and promotion of human rights. We seek partnerships with our neighbours and beyond to develop our knowledge, to improve our communications and to ensure a sustainable economic existence for all.”

Our Mission

To ensure the effective implementation of the Leaders’ decisions for the benefit of the people of the Pacific.

Our Values

As an organisation and as individuals:

  • We strive for professional excellence; and demonstrate personal leadership
  • We are responsive to the priority needs of our members and other stakeholders; and excel in a caring, inclusive, and innovative environment

Contact Person: 
Scott Hook,
Economic Infrastructure Adviser
Phone: +679 331 2600
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