PIDF Talanoa Talanoa Posters
Fijian Prime Minister Addressing Leaders at PIDF Summit.
Fijian Prime Minster delivering keynote address at PIDF Leaders Summit.
PM Sogavare delivers his welcome address at the 4th PIDF
Closing remarks by Fijian Prime Minister at the 4th PIDF Leaders Forum.
The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) secretariat was visited by a high level delegation from Solomon Islands led by their Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, also current chair of PIDF, where a progress update of activities undertaken by the secretariat was provided by its Secretary General. The PIDF Chair stated that he would like to ensure that the secretariat fully operates in compliance with its founding mandates and functions when he hands over the chairmanship upon the completion of his two year term in office.
The United Nations General Assembly on 13/12/16 granted Observer Status to the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) through a consensus amongst all the 193 Member States adopting the resolution without a vote. In addition to its 193 member states, the United Nations General Assembly may grant observer status to an international organization, entity or non-member state, which entitles the entity to participate in the work of the United Nations General Assembly and maintain missions at the UN Headquarters.
Continued leadership advocacy on climate action, genuine multi-stakeholder partnerships and financial sustainability for green growth in blue economies focusing on dedicated pathways towards low carbon development are key tools for implementation of the SDGs according to Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretary General, François Martel.
The entry into force of the Paris Climate Change Agreement earlier on the 4th of November is a turning point in the global community’s battle to combat the threat of climate change. For us in the Republic of Fiji and the pacific it holds a much deeper significance being the first country to ratify the Paris Agreement and solidifying the united call from the pacific to international communities for immediate action and genuine commitment towards climate change impact across the pacific.
The Pacific Islands Development Forum congratulates all the 60 countries that have thus far ratified the Paris agreement, overcoming the threshold of 55 states needed for the agreement to come into force. With these countries accounting for 47.76% of global emissions, the world is just 7.24% away from satisfying the other condition of the Paris Agreement to come into force that requires that countries accounting for 55% of global emissions need to ratify.
The United Nations General Assembly opened its 71st session on 14 September, with an emphasis on ensuring that implementation of the new global development goals, adopted by its 193 Member States last year and with the new Assembly President noting that it had been heartening to observe the sincerity with which governments and national planning agencies around the world have begun integrating the 2030 Agenda into national processes.
On the 3rd of September, in a historic move, the two largest Green House Gas emitters in the world, the United States of America and China have officially ratified the Paris Agreement, paving the way for other countries to follow suit and support the collective Pacific call made in Paris to limit temperature rise to preferably under 1.5°C.
CLIMATE ACTION, GENUINE PARTNERSHIPS & MULTI-STAKEHOLDER TRUST BUILDING KEY FOR IMPLEMENTING COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS FOR SDG14
The key tools for implementation towards achieving SD14 include leadership advocacy on climate action, genuine partnerships, multi-stakeholder trust building and financial sustainability. This was relayed by the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretary General, François Martel while delivering a high level panel keynote address on Saturday 3rd September during a session on “Time to act for oceans in the 2030 Agenda: collaborative partnerships for SDG 14” held at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress currently underway at the Hawaii Convention Centre.
The Pacific Islands Development Forum conveys its sincere gratitude and acknowledgment to the Kingdom of Tonga for its commitment to ratifying the Paris Agreement last week and strengthening the voice of the Pacific Island countries’ call in Paris to limit temperature rise to way under 1.5°C.
PIDF Calls for National Policies That Safeguard Rights of Displaced Persons As A Result of Climate Change
Every day, humanitarian aid workers stand on the front lines of war and disaster, braving tremendous dangers and difficulties to deliver assistance to those who need it most. In the Pacific, the region has been facing natural disasters; In Vanuatu in 2015 and in Fiji earlier this year, Tropical Cyclones Pam and Winston caused severe devastation affecting households and communities across both countries. Marshall Islands, FSM and Palau were affected by drought due to the long El Nino event.
(Picture courtesy of 350.org Pacific Warriors)
A new State of the Climate report confirms that 2015 surpassed 2014 as the warmest year since at least the mid-to-late 19th century with last year’s record heat resulting from the combined influence of long-term global warming and one of the strongest El Niño events the globe has experienced since at least 1950.
THE Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) welcomed Timor Leste as part of the growing country members of the forum. This followed the signing of the instrument of accession by HE Hernani Coelho da Silva, Foreign Affairs Minister of Timor Leste on July 14, signalling their formal admission to the PIDF Charter.
A courtesy call was made to the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) by Mr Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, Sustainable Development, of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on 7th June, 2016.
The islands nation of Tokelau contributed NZD$50,000 ($71,000 Fijian dollars) to the Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretariat as part of its voluntary membership contribution on Monday 20 June 2016. This amount was pledged by Tokelau during the signing ceremony of the PIDF Charter earlier this year in April signalling the formal accession of Tokelau to the Pacific Islands Development Forum.
The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) was visited by South African chargé d’affaires, His Excellency Velelo Gardener Kwepile, who acknowledged the continued efforts of PIDF in the Pacific region on matters pertaining to sustainable development through an inclusive and multi-stakeholder approach. The visit eventuated on Thursday 28 July, 2016 at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia with its Directorate of Technical Cooperation and in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) will be implementing a series of capacity building training’s for PIDF and MSG member countries over the coming months in venues across the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Fiji.
The Kingdom of Netherlands acknowledged the accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the lead role undertaken on the formulation of the Suva Declaration following a courtesy visit by the Ambassador of Netherlands, His Excellency Rob Zaagman, to the PIDF Secretariat on Monday 20th June, 2016.
The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) internal Strategic Planning workshop is currently underway at the Rain Tree Lodge in Colo-i-Suva which will be held from 16 to 17 June, 2016.
The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) reaffirmed its commitment to continue advocating for a healthy Pacific Ocean to commemorate World Oceans Day today, which was celebrated with a theme of healthy oceans, healthy planet on the 8 of June, 2016.
PIDF Participates in Pacific ACP Meeting in Timor Leste
Pacific Island Development Forum’s Secretary General, François Martel, was invited to attend the ACP National and Regional Authorizing Officers / Ministerial meeting from 24th to 27th in Dili, East-Timor. The meeting gathering representatives of the government, private sector and civil society aimed to exchange experience and difficulties in relation to EDF 11th programming, and to share views on the challenges of development financing in the Pacific.
Pacific Island Development Forum’s climate change advisor, Dr. Mahendra Kumar, is attending and supporting the PICs at the UNFCCC meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies currently underway in Bonn, Germany. The Bonn Climate Change Conference opened on Monday 16 May, 2016 at the World Conference Centre and will continue for 2 weeks.
The Secretary General of the PIDF, François Martel together with the High Commissioner of the Solomon Islands in Fiji His Excellency Patteson Oti signed the Memorandum of Understanding formalizing the hosting by the Solomon Islands of all PIDF Leadership Meetings for 2016 and 2017 on 7th May, 2016. Altogether six high level meetings are scheduled to be hosted in Solomon Islands.
The Republic of Guinea acknowledged the accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the lead role undertaken on the formulation of the Suva Declaration following a courtesy visit by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Republic of Guinea, Honourable Sylla Senkoun, to the PIDF Secretariat on Thursday 28th April, 2016.
The islands nation of Tokelau on 27 April, 2016 represented by Ulu O Tokelau Aliki Faipule Afega Gaualofa signed the PIDF Charter signalling the formal admission of Tokelau to the Pacific Islands Development Forum. Tokelau has been a strong supporter to the concept of the Pacific Islands Development Forum since its inception in 2012 and has contributed to all its Summits and consultations.
ICRC and PIDF to Explore Areas of mutual Collaboration
The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretariat and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will continue to explore areas of mutual collaboration especially in the areas of climate induced migration and disaster displacement and for preparations for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul Turkey 23-24 May 2016.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) during its 43rd Session in Nairobi, Kenya, from the 11-13 April 2016 have agreed to proceed with the Special Report on 1.5°C overwhelming previous opposition from some sections of the scientific community who strongly opposed doing a Special report on 1.5°C.
The Cuban Ambassador to Fiji His Excellency, Mario Alzugaray Rodríguez, who was in country to present his credentials to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Fiji, made a courtesy visit to The Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretariat (PIDF) on Friday, 1st April, 2016.
The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretariat’s Secretary General, Mr François Martel made a high level presentation for Canberra Diplomatic Missions at the High Commission of the Republic of Fiji in Australia on Tuesday 15 March, 2016.
It’s time to action the implementation of discussions and outcomes of the COP21 in the Pacific and we need to do it collectively with one message and one voice. This came out clearly at the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretariat’s Senior Officials Committee meeting held at the USP ICT Centre on March 11, 2016.
A high level delegation from the Solomon Islands, led by their Prime Minister, Honourable Manasseh Sogavare, met with the Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretariat Secretary General, Mr François Martel yesterday, 9th March, 2016.
The Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) extends to all women their best wishes as we acknowledge International Women’s Day today, 8th March, 2016.
COURTESY CALL FROM MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND EXTERNAL TRADE OF THE REPUBLIC OF VANUATU TO PIDF
The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) was visited by a delegation from the Republic of Vanuatu led by their Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Honourable Bruno Leingkone on Friday, 3rd March 2016.