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MOMENTUM ON NEW PARIS AGREEMENT

Paris, France – The Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) welcomes the latest draft Paris text and the ‘High Level Ambition’ group lead by Marshal Islands government to boost ambition during COP21. The concern remains over the issue of loss and damage where the language is being watered down by some developed countries. “We are ready […]

GIVE US A LIFE RAFT WITH AIR: AMBITIOUS PARIS AGREEMENT

Paris, France – The Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) welcomes the latest draft Paris text and the ‘High Level Ambition’ group lead by Marshal Islands government to boost ambition during COP21. The concern remains over the issue of loss and damage where the language is being watered down by some developed countries. “We are ready […]

COP21 – UN SPECIAL ENVOY H.E. MARY ROBINSON REAFIRMS SUVA DECLARATION GOAL OF 1.5°C

Paris, France – More than 10 countries pledged a replenishment of $248 million dollars to the LCD Fund for climate adaptation of the most vulnerable countries, and a part of this funding will be allocated to Pacific Island countries. This was announced at the GEF Side-event on the Least Developed Countries Fund and Climate project […]

PIDF PARTICIPATES IN FRANCE-OCEANIA SUMMIT

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr François Martel has joined other leaders from the Pacific in a high level meeting hosted by French President François Hollande in Paris on Thursday 26 November 2015. Meeting on Thursday morning ahead of the Climate Change conference next week the French President, François Hollande, says […]

NEW PIDF SG MEETS SENIOR OFFICIALS COMMITTEE

On Friday morning 20th November 2015 the new Secretary General of the Pacific Island Development Forum Mr. Francois Martel participated in his first Senior Officials Committee meeting that was held at the ICT Center in USP, Suva. Mr Martel took up his post on Monday 26/10/15 as the first permanent Secretary General of the Pacific […]

PIDF SG MEETS SENIOR CHINESE OFFICIAL

On Friday afternoon 20 November 2015 the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr François Martel received Dr. Ma Peihua, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee, Vice President of China Oceania Friendship Association, at the PIDF Secretariat. Dr. Ma Peihua is on a short visit to Fiji and […]

PIDF – INDONESIA BILATERAL MEETING

The Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) Secretary General Mr. Francois Martel on Wednesday hosted the Indonesian government delegation to a meeting at the PIDF Secretariat in Suva to further strengthen bilateral cooperation. The delegation was led by Ambassador Salman Al Farsi the Acting Director General of Policy Analysis & Development Agency with the Indonesian Ministry […]

MR. FRANÇOIS MARTEL TAKES UP HIS POST IN SUVA, AS THE FIRST PERMANENT SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE PACIFIC ISLAND DEVELOPMENT FORUM

Mr. Francois Martel officially took up his post on the 26th of October as the first permanent Secretary General of the Pacific Island Development Forum at the Secretariat’s headquarters in Suva following his appointment by the Leader’s Council at its 3rd PIDF Summit in September, 2015. Welcomed by the Chairman of the Leader’s Council and […]

PACIFIC ISLAND DEVELOPMENT FORUM TO ASSIST WITH TUVALU’S INDC PROCESS

Leading up to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris next month countries have been asked to publicly declare what actions they intend to take under a new global agreement. The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) which was initiated in Warsaw during the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP […]

ADDRESS BY PIDF,DSG MR. LOMALOMA TO THE TECHNICAL EXPERTS & MINISTERIAL CONSULTATIONS ON STRENGTHENING CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE THROUGH REPRODUCTIVE, MATERNAL, NEWBORN, CHILD 7 ADOLESCENT HEALTH (RMNCAH), SOFITEL, NADI, 26-28 OCTOBER 2015

“THE SUVA DECLARATION AND ITS IMPACT ON RMNCAH” Honorable Ministers Distinguished Delegates Ladies & Gentleman The subject of my presentation this morning is the SUVA DECLARATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE and its impact on Reproductive, Maternal, New Born, Child and Adolescent Health (or RMNBCAH for short). RMNBCAH is vital to the resilience of populations facing climate […]

NEW PIDF SECRETARY GENERAL APPOINTED

Monday, September 07, 2015: The Third Pacific Islands Development Forum Summit of Leaders (PIDF 3) that ended in Suva last Friday 4th September 2015 approved the appointment of the first permanent and substantive Secretary General of the PIDF. He is Mr Francois Martel of Samoa. Mr Martel has been living in Samoa for over 20 years […]

PACIFIC ISLANDS DEVELOPMENT FORUM CHARTER SIGNED

The Third Pacific Islands Development Forum Summit of Leaders (PIDF 3) that ended in Suva last Friday 4th September 2015 approved the Pacific Islands Development Forum Charter and launched the PIDF as an international organisation.  Following approval the following countries signed the Charter: Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu […]

SUVA DECLARATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The Third Pacific Islands Development Forum Summit of Leaders (PIDF 3) that ended in Suva last Friday 4th September 2015 has approved a Suva Deceleration on Climate Change. Speaking on the Declaration at the closure of PIDF 3, the Prime Minister of Fiji the Honorable Josaia V Bainimarama said, “We go from here to Paris […]

H.E PRESIDENT RATU EPELI NAILATIKAU CLOSING REMARKS AT THE 3RD PACIFIC ISLANDS DEVELOPMENT FORUM DINNER

Your Excellencies, The Heads of State, Honourable Heads of Government, Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies the Ambassadors and High Commissioners The Commonwealth Secretary-General The Heads of Delegations, The Representatives of Pacific Organisations, The Representatives of our Development Partners, The Representatives of International Organisations, The Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening, […]

CLOSING REMARKS BY KEUTEKARAKIA MATAROA ACTING CHAIRMAN, PIANGO EXECUTIVE MEMBER, COOK ISLANDS CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS INC

Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Distinguished Delegates Guests & Participants; Ladies & Gentlemen. Kia Orana and Bula to you All. I am indeed privileged and grateful to be here today in your midst as Chief Guest for the closing plenary of the second Regional Workshop on the PIDF Agreement. […]

ADDRESS BY MR MASON SMITH, REGIONAL PROGRAMME COORDINATOR OCEANIA REGION (AUSTRALIA, NZ & THE PACIFIC), THE INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE, SUVA

Excellency Members of the Diplomatic Corps Chairman of the PIDF Senior Officials Committee Interim Secretary General of the PIDF Regional delegates from Governments, private sector and civil society PIDF Secretariat Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning and bula vinaka to each and every one of you and a special welcome to those of you who have […]

PIDF ISG CHAIRS IMPORTANT UN CLIMATE CHANGE MEETING

The PIDF Interim Secretary General, Mr Amena Yauvoli, is currently chairing an important international climate change meeting in Bonn Germany. Mr Yauvoli is the only Pacific Islander and the representative of SIDS chairing one of the Subsidiary Bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). This […]

PIDF MEETS KEY US SECURITY TRAINING INSTITUTE OFFICIAL

This morning the Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Penijamini Lomaloma received the visiting Professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu Hawaii Dr. Rouben Azizian. Professor Azizian’s specialty at the APCSS is Regional Security Architecture, Security Sector Development, as well as Russian, Central and South Asian, and […]

PIDF MEETS FRENCH ENVOY TO THE PACIFIC

Monday, June 01, 2015: This morning the Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Penijamini Lomaloma received His Excellency Mr Christian LECHERVY French Permanent Secretary for the Pacific and Permanent Representative to the SPC at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva. Mr Lomaloma and Ambassador Lechervy discussed the special place of the […]

PIDF ISG PREPARES PACIFIC FOR CRITICAL INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE TALKS

The PIDF Secretariat on Friday 22 May at 10am hosted the first Talanoa Session for key local and regional stakeholders in preparation for the June session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Subsidiary Bodies, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), and the Ad Hoc […]

PIDF MEETS WITH INDONESIAN DELEGATION

The Interim Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Amena Yauvoli today received a Delegation from Indonesia that is on a scoping mission to Fiji from the 18th to the 21st of May, 2015. Explaining the purpose of the visit Mr Yauvoli said, “In recognition of the importance of bilateral cooperation and development cooperation assistance between […]

HONOURABLE RATU INOKE KUBUABOLA MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPUBLIC OF FIJI – CLOSING REMARKS AT THE 1ST REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON PIDF AGREEMENT

Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Distinguished Guests; Delegates & Participants; Ladies & Gentlemen. Bula Vinaka to you All. I’m very grateful to be here today in your midst to officiate in the closing of the first regional workshop on an establishment agreement for the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF). […]

GROUNDBREAKING REGIONAL MEETING TO BEGIN

Next Wednesday 6th May 2015 Senior Officials from the Pacific will gather in Lami for a groundbreaking and unprecedented meeting to discuss the design and structure of the Pacific’s newest and only people centered development organization, the Pacific Islands Development Forum. The meeting to take place at the NOVOTEL, Lami will be attended by Government, […]

BANGLADESH HC CALLS ON PIDF ISG

The PIDF Interim Secretary General, Mr Amena Yauvoli, received H.E. Mr. Kazi Imtiaz Hossain,Bangladesh’s Non-Resident High Commissioner to Fiji on Tuesday 28 April after presenting his credentials to H.E The President of the Republic of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. In welcoming High Commissioner Hossain to the Secretariat, ISG Yauvoli also conveyed his appreciation to the Government of […]

HON. RATU INOKE KUBUABOLA – SPEECH AT THE ASIAN AFRICAN COMMEMORATION CONFERENCE

TATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, HON. RATU INOKE KUBUABOLA ‘THE ASIAN AFRICAN COMMEMORATION CONFERENCE’ THEME: ‘ADVANCING SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION’ JAKARTA AND BANDUNG, 19-25 APRIL, 2015 Your Excellency Madam Co Chairs Distinguished Ministers Ladies and Gentlemen My delegation has been overwhelmed by the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to us so far and we are indeed grateful. […]

PIDF DSG MEETS NEW SWEDISH AMBASSADOR

Tuesday, 21st April, 2015: The Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Penijamini Lomaloma today met His Excellency Par Ahlberger Sweden’s Ambassador to Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu and New Zealand, at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva. In welcoming Ambassador Ahlberger to the […]

OMAN ENVOY MEETS PIDF DSG

The Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Penijamini Lomaloma this afternoon received the visiting Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Fiji His Excellency Sayyid Nazar bin Al-Julandi bin Ajed Al-Said, at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva. In welcoming His Excellency, Mr Lomaloma explained the unique role the PIDF has […]

LEADERS OF MAJOR REGIONAL ORGANISATIONS MEET

The Interim Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Amena Yauvoli this morning received the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor DBE at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva. In welcoming Dame Taylor, Mr Yauvoli said, “I am very pleased that we can welcome to our Headquarters the Secretary […]

H.E. PATTERSON OTI, HIGH COMMISSIONER OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS TO FIJI – REMARKS AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE PIDF ONLINE CONSULTATION CAMPAIGN

 REMARKS BY THE INTERIM CHAIR OF THE SENIOR OFFICIALS COMMITTEE- H.E. PATTERSON OTI, HIGH COMMISSIONER OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS TO FIJI AND THE REGION AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE ONLINE CONSULTATION CAMPAIGN TO GAIN FEEDBACK ON THE PIDF ESTABLISHMENT AGREEMENT, 10.00 AM WEDNESDAY 25/3/15, PIDF SECRETARIAT, SUVA Ni Sa Bula Vinaka & Greetings to you […]

LAUNCH OF GROUNDBREAKING ONLINE CONSULTATION CAMPAIGN ON THE PIDF ESTABLISHMENT AGREEMENT

Public feedback is sought on the governing instrument establishing the PIDF. A consultative process leading to the drafting of the agreement establishing the PIDF is underway. This follows the launch this morning of the Pacific’s first ever online public consultation on the design of an international organization for the Pacific. The PIDF Agreement will set […]

PIDF FAREWELLS AMBASSADOR TELENI

Monday, March 23, 2015: Today the Interim Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Amena Yauvoli and Staff of the PIDF Secretariat farewell Ambassador Esala Teleni in an afternoon tea at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva. Ambassador Teleni was the Special Advisor (Projects) for the PIDF since last year on his return […]

PIDF BRIEF FIJI’S PACIFIC HEADS OF MISSIONS

The Interim Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Amena Yauvoli today received Fiji’s Heads of Missions in the Pacific at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva. The Heads of Fiji’s Diplomatic Missions in Canberra, Wellington and Port Moresby are in Suva for their annual planning meeting. Today they visited the PIDF to […]

PIDF HOLDS DISCUSSIONS ON SHIPPING EMMISIONS

The Pacific Islands Development Forum on Monday 16th March 2015 hosted a Talanoa Session on the subject of Flags of Convenience for a number of Pacific Ambassadors at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva. Briefing the meeting were two visiting independent observers to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Mr Bill Hemmings (Transport & Environment) and […]

PIDF ISG MEETS INDONESIAN AMBASSADOR

The Interim Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Amena Yauvoli yesterday received His Excellency Gary Rachman Makmun Jusuf the Ambassador of Indonesia to Fiji, at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva. In welcoming Ambassador Jusuf Mr Yauvoli thanked Indonesia for its support to the PIDF as shown in the participation as Chief […]

PORTUGAL CALLS ON PIDF ISG

The Interim Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Amena Yauvoli yesterday afternoon received the visiting non-Resident Ambassador for Portugal to Fiji His Excellency Paulo Cunha Alves, at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva. Welcoming Ambassador Alves, Mr Yauvoli expressed appreciation for the opportunity to meet with an important member of the European […]

REGIONAL PROGRAM LEADER MEETS PIDF ISG

The Interim Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Amena Yauvoli this afternoon received the visiting Resident Co-Director of the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) Dr Gerard Finin, at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva. The Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) was established in 1980, to assist Pacific […]

IRANIAN ENVOY MEETS PIDF ISG

The Interim Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Amena Yauvoli this afternoon received the visiting Ambassador of Iran to Fiji His Excellency Jalaladdin Namini Mianji, at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva. In welcoming His Excellency Mianji, Mr Yauvoli explained the unique role the PIDF has in the region in bringing about […]

SPECIAL CHINESE ENVOY MEETS PIDF ISG

The Interim Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Amena Yauvoli this morning received the visiting Chinese Special Envoy to the China-Pacific Islands Forum Dialogue His Excellency DU Qiwen, at the PIDF Secretariat in Nasese, Suva. In welcoming His Excellency DU Qiwen Mr Yauvoli noted the close relations between the PIDF and China […]

NEW LEADERS OF PIDF APPOINTED

At its meeting last Thursday 26th February the Senior Officials Committee of the Pacific Islands Development Forum endorsed the appointment of Mr Amena Yauvoli as the Interim Secretary General of the PIDF. The Committee also appointed His Excellency Mr Patterson Oti as its new Interim Chair. Mr Yauvoli replaces Mr Feleti Teo who resigned last […]

PEAK TIDE AFFECTS TUVALUAN COMMUNITIES LIVING IN COASTAL AND LOW-LYING AREAS

FUNAFUTI, 24 FEBRUARY 2015 (FENUI NEWS) — Communities living near Tuvalu’s coastal and low-lying areas were affected by king tides over the weekend. The king tide peak of 3.4 metres was observed on Thursday 19 February.Over the weekend, coastal areas of Fongafale were flooded by storm surges from the lagoon side.The king tide forced debris […]

FAREWELL FOR INAUGURAL PIDF SG

On Friday 20th February 2015 members of the Pacific Islands Development Forum together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs the Honorable Ratu Inoke Kubuabola farewell the inaugural Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Feleti Teo OBE, in a reception at the PIDF Secretariat attended by members of the diplomatic corp, development partners and […]

UAE INVITED TO PIDF LEADERS SUMMIT

SUVA, 19 FEBRUARY 2015 (FIJI LIVE) — Fiji has extended a Ministerial level invitation to the Government of the United Arab Emirates to participate at the third Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders Summit in Fiji in August. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama extended the invite to His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister […]

PAKISTAN AND PIDF TO WORK ON PARTNESHIP AGREEMENT

The Pacific Islands Development Forum and Pakistan agreed today to begin work on a partnership agreement that will facilitate cooperation between the PIDF and Pakistan. Visiting the PIDF Secretariat in Suva today, Pakistan’s new High Commissioner to Fiji, Australia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, H.E Naela Chohan discussed with PIDF Secretary General Feleti […]

PIDF DISCUSSES JOINT PROJECTS WITH MAJOR UAE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) together with the USP, SPC and IUCN are holding discussions this afternoon with a major UAE research institute, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology on major projects for the Pacific. Last month following its successful participation at the fifth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) held […]

REGIONAL CONSULTATION UNDERWAY ON PIDF AGREEMENT

The governing instrument establishing the PIDF is currently being discussed in a major meeting currently underway at the University of the South Pacific in Suva. In addition the meeting is also discussing the appointment of a successor for Mr Feleti Teo the current Secretary General of the PIDF who is leaving to head another regional […]

AT THEMATIC DEBATE, UN CALLS ON MEMBER STATES TO BOOST FUNDING FOR POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT

NEW YORK, 10 FEBRUARY 2015 (UN NEWS CENTRE) —- The world has embarked on a “crucial last stretch” to the post-2015 development agenda and towards securing a sustainable future for all, United Nations Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared today, adding that the international community would finally have a chance to provide “a life of dignity” for […]