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UN ADMITS PIDF AS OFFICIAL OBSERVER TO THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

PIDF Secretary General (middle) with PGA Ambassador Thomson (right) and Acting Fiji PRUN Luke Daunivalu (left) at the Fiji UN Mission in NY 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. […]

GREEN GROWTH FOR BLUE ECONOMIES: THE FUTURE OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS

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.

PARIS AGREEMENT ONLY THE BEGINNING

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 […]

PACIFIC STATES LEAD FROM THE FRONT IN SHIPPING’S CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE IN LONDON

Global attention on climate change is focused this week on the role of shipping as the International Maritime Organisation meets in London. International shipping is a major and growing greenhouse gas emissions generating sector.  If it were a country, shipping’s emissions profile is similar to that of Germany or Japan. But unless strong action is […]

A STEP CLOSER

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 […]

A HISTORIC MOMENT FOR THE PACIFIC

  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 […]

USA & CHINA ratify the Paris Agreement – a strong statement in support of the pacific islands plea to world leaders!

  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

TIMOR LESTE IS PIDF’s NEWEST MEMBER

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.

INDONESIA AND PIDF COLLABORATE ON CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING’S FOR PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES

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 […]

TOKELAU CONTRIBUTES NZD$50,000 TO PIDF

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 […]

COURTESY VISIT BY NETHERLANDS AMBASSADOR

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.

CHANGING CLIMATE TOO HOT TO HANDLE

(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 […]

COURTESY VISIT BY SOUTH AFRICA CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES

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.

PIDF PARTICIPATES IN PACIFC – 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 […]

PIDF PARTICIPATES IN UN FORUM TO TAKE PARIS AGREEMENT FORWARD

PIDF Climate Change Advisor, Dr Mahendra Kumar (front 2nd right) with other participants and technical advisors at the Bonn UNFCCC meeting. 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 […]

PIDF SIGNS MOU WITH SOLOMON ISLANDS FORMALISING HOSTING OF PIDF LEADERSHIP MEETINGS IN HONIARA

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 […]

COURTESY VISIT BY REPUBLIC OF GUINEA AMBASSADOR

 The Republic of Guinea acknowledged the accomplishments of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the led 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 visit allowed PIDF […]

TOKELAU SIGNS PIDF CHARTER

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 […]

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. This came out strongly after […]

MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENT FOR PROGRESS TOWARDS SPECIAL CLIMATE REPORT ON 1.5°C

  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 Paris Agreement invited the IPCC […]

CUBAN AMBASSADOR VISITS PIDF

  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. Although the PIDF Secretary General, Mr François Martel is […]

PIDF UPDATES CANBERRA DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS

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. Attended by more than 40 representatives from Canberra based missions and close to 10 ambassadors the presentation provided […]

Call for Action

  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, […]

Polish Special Envoy visits PIDF

A courtesy call was made to the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) by Polish Special Envoy Ambassador Pawel Milewski yesterday, 11 March 2016 to discuss potential areas of partnership and support. The visit allowed PIDF Secretary General, Mr François Martel to provide an overview of the PIDFs major accomplishments in terms of establishing the Pacific’s […]

Solomon Islands PM courtesy call to PIDF

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. One of many positive outcomes of the meeting was the announcements of the hosting of the PIDF leadership meetings in Solomon Islands […]

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. The visit was a first for Honourable Bruno Leingkone to PIDF which allowed the PIDF Secretary General, Mr François […]

PIDF ACKNOWLEDGES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) extends to all women their best wishes as we acknowledge International Women’s Day today, 8th March, 2016. Today is a time to reflect on progress made and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries […]

PIDF CLIMATE CHANGE ADVISOR WORK ACKNOWLEDGED IN GERMANY

The Pacific Islands Development Forum’s (PIDF), Climate Change Advisor, Dr Mahendra Kumar was awarded the 2016 Lead Reviewers Award for Team Spirit for Contribution to National Communications by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at a ceremony in Bonn, Germany on the 3rd of March, 2016. “It indeed feels positive to be […]

PIDF ORGANISES NASESE FORESHORE CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN

A post TC Winston clean-up initiative organised by the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) was undertaken today (27/2/2016) at the Nasese Foreshore area. Attended by nearly 100 volunteers, from all works of life, who responded to PIDFs call for unity to undertake this clean-up campaign, huge amount of debris that washed ashore from the aftermath […]

TUVALU SIGNS PIDF CHARTER AND FORMALLY JOINS PIDF

This afternoon the Prime Minister of Tuvalu the Honorable Enele Sopoaga signed the PIDF Charter signaling the formal admission of Tuvalu to the PIDF. The Ceremony which took place at the PIDF Secretariat also witnessed the formal raising of the Tuvalu national flag at the PIDF Secretariat. Tuvalu now becomes the eleventh member of the […]

CLIMATE CHANGE FORUM: POST COP21 PARIS AGREEMENT

February 16, 2016 – Almost 300 participants gathered at the ICT Lecture Theater at the University of the South Pacific to attend the Post 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) Debrief. Facilitated by the Pacific Island Development Forum, the dialogue focused on the key outcomes from the COP21; the Paris Agreement […]

UN ACCEPTS AND REGISTERS PIDF CHARTER

The United Nations has this week informed the PIDF that in accordance with Article 102 of the UN Charter the Secretary General of the UN has registered in New York the Charter of the PIDF that was signed in Suva on 4th September 2015 at the conclusion of the historical Third PIDF Leaders Summit. There […]

CHANGE IN REGIONAL ARCHITECTURE: PIDF WELCOMES CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR

February 9th, 2016 – The Pacific Island Development Forum officially became the regional multi stakeholder forum for leaders of governments, private sector and civil society after the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation signed the PIDF Charter yesterday. Representing the 15 national private sector organisations of the Pacific, PIPSO Vice President Mr. Howard Politini stated that […]

PIDF TALANOA – THE STANCE OF THE PACIFIC ON SHIPPING EMISSIONS

The Pacific Island Development Forum organised a Talanoa session to brief Pacific diplomatic missions on the developments that are underway to address the issue of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the international shipping sector. The meeting also seeks the views of Pacific Island governments and other stakeholders with regards to the shipping emissions paper […]

BLUE ECONOMY AND PACIFIC SIDS FORM THE CORE OF PIDF’S MANDATE

The Secretary General for the Pacific Island Development Forum Mr. François Martel presented at a one day training session for participants in the UN based Pacific Small Island Developing States Fellowship on the Ocean and Seas (PSIDS-FOS) hosted by the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner and facilitated by Islands First. The training session was […]