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A PLUS FOR GREEN GROWTH & INTEGRATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Thursday, 20 December, 2017: Recognising the synergy that exists between the work of Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) secretariat and the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and Pacific (CIRDAP) on the area of Green Growth and Integrated Rural Development, both organisations entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during a signing event held […]

Climate-Induced Human Mobility

The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) hosted an event on Climate-Induced Displacement and Migration on the occasion of the International Civil Society Week (ICSW) in Suva Fiji, a key global gathering for civil society and other stakeholders engaging constructively in finding common solutions to global challenges.

Redefining island resilience

Bonn, November 13, 2017: Islands are on the frontline of global changes and feel the impacts very directly – from climate change and resource depletion, to urban growth, health threats and food pressures. Some of these islands have quite literally disappeared. There is a need for a new model centered on strong multi-sectoral partnerships if islands […]

LIMITING TEMPERATURE RISE TO 1.5°C: IMPLICATIONS ON FOOD SECURITY, DISPLACEMENT AND MIGRATION

  Bonn, 9 November, 2017: Participants of a side event on Limiting temperature rise to 1.5°C at COP23 were informed that our current trajectory towards 4°C degree Celsius increase since pre-industrial level is far from the letter and spirit of the Paris Agreement and it is also irresponsible towards people and the planet, and its […]

The Pacific’s new “Green Gold”-Bamboo

Bonn, 11 November, 2017: Bamboo is a critical material for Small Island Developing States (SIDs) and could be an essential plant for helping fight climate change, the UN international climate conference heard at a COP23 side event on Bamboo for Combatting Climate Change in Island Developing States on 11 November, 2107. The side event, organized […]

We are not drowning, we are fighting!

Bonn, November 8, 2017: In an emotionally overcharged event the PIDF Secretary General was honored to be part of the “We, the Pacific” Talking about Pacific Priorities COP23 side event held at the uniting for climate Talanoa Space, Bonn Zone. The event organised by the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN), 350.org-Pacific Climate Warriors and […]

CLIMATE DAMAGES TAX DECLARATION

Bonn, November 16, 2017: A climate damages tax on the fossil fuel industry is one way to reverse the injustice of climate change, and ensure the fossil fuel industry pays for its damage not poor people. The PIDF Secretary General was requested to be on a panel discussion at a side event on Attributing climate […]

REDUCING MARITIME TRANSPORT GHG EMISSIONS: DECARBONISING SUPPLY CHAINS

Bonn, November 11, 2017: The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretary General was invited to present on Reducing Maritime Transport Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions: Decarbonising Supply Chains on the Transport Thematic Day at COP 23, “Transport’s Contribution towards Delivering the Paris Agreement” on Saturday November 11 in Room 6, Bonn Zone.

BUILDING ISLAND RESILIENCE-COP23

Bonn, Germany, November 11, 2017: As a key component of their programme, the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has joined forces for the Pacific with a long-term flagship programme of the Global Island Partnership – the Island Resilience Challenge. The foundational aspects were solution collection and sharing, scaling and investment pipeline creation, in a context of […]

PALAU BECOMES THE LATEST MEMBER OF PIDF AT COP23

Bonn, Germany 15 November, 2017: The COP23 Climate Conference has been a special place for the Pacific this year. Today the Republic of Palau signed of the instrument of accession to the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) making it the organisation’s 14th member (12 member state). Following the signing of the accession document, Palau, PIDF and […]

PACIFIC ISLANDS INSPIRING LEADERSHIP IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

Bonn, Germany, Monday 6 2017: During a side event held by Solar Head of State (SHOS) and the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) on the first day of COP23, the Pacific region’s advances in renewable energy took the spotlight. The event in the Fiji Pavilion featured speakers from the governments of Tonga, Niue, Tokelau and Palau and representatives […]

COUNTRIES MUST TAKE BACK CONTROL OF THE IMO

Suva, 26 October, 2017: The talks at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) this week at the 2nd meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of Emissions from Ships do not seem to be going well for the maritime transport sector to do its fair share in cutting Greenhouse Gas emissions under the targets of […]

THE PACIFIC STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE CARIBBEAN ISLANDS

SUVA, 25 September, 2017: The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) stands in solidarity with the people of the Caribbean and offers its deepest condolences to families that have lost loved ones and to all that have been affected by the recent fury of Hurricanes Irma and Maria that ravaged the Caribbean islands and also to the […]

PACIFIC’S CALL FOR AUSTRALIA TO LEAVE ITS COAL IN THE GROUND IS ALSO POSITIVE FOR REDUCING SHIPPING EMISSIONS

  SUVA 15 September, 2017: The Pacific has been vociferous in demanding from Australia, a close neighbour and supposedly a friend, a phase out of its coal mining industry in the global effort to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C, the target to be met through the Paris Agreement that Australia is a party […]

PACIFIC RECIPIENTS OF QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADERS AWARD ACKNOWLEDGED

Ms Johnetta Lili, one of the two award winners from PNG, at the Fiji High Commission in PNG with her congratulatory letter from PIDF.   July 10, 2017, SUVA:  The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has expressed its acknowledgment to Pacific recipients of the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award through formal congratulatory letters to the […]

GLOBAL GREEN GROWTH INSTITUTE UNDERTAKES FORMAL PARTNERSHIP WITH PIDF

June 27, 2017, Suva:  “As a Pacific Leaders organisation tasked with bringing transformational change through mainstreaming the blue-green economic model, PIDF seeks to forge partnerships with like-minded institutions.  We look forward to establishing some model projects in our island countries to demonstrate that blue-green economy is not just pie in the sky but it is […]

2017 PACIFIC YEAR FOR THE OCEANS #MYOCEANMATTERS PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

June 22, 2017, Suva: With a total of a 174 stunning photographs submitted from across most Pacific Island countries over three months (March-May 2017), it was indeed a difficult task to select winners for the 2017 Pacific Year for the Oceans #myoceanmatters campaign. Winners were announced yesterday, after making a selection from the top 20 […]

UNIFIJI & PIDF EXPLORE INNOVATIVE LINK BETWEEN SCIENCE & POLICIES

      May 22, 2017: Recognising the mutual benefit to be achieved through a cooperative program promoting scholarly activities, national, regional and international understanding, the University of Fiji (UniFiji) and the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) entered into an academic cooperation agreement by signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Saweni Campus.

SOUTH-SOUTH LEARNING PROGRAM ON CLIMATE FINANCING

Government representatives from Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Tonga and Tuvalu as well as development partners from the Pacific region met in Nadi, Fiji for a south-south learning programme to share lessons learnt and best practices on how certain countries have progressed in the establishment of their National Climate Funds (NCF).

INDIA-PACIFIC SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

PIDF was delighted and honored to accept the offer of partnership with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India, in facilitating a Sustainable Development Summit. This followed a visit to the Secretariat by a delegation led by the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji and senior officials from TERI to discuss finer details of the Summit […]

PIDF REASSERTS SUPPORT TO COP23 PRESIDENCY & SECRETARIAT

PIDF Secretary General, François Martel (L) with the COP23 Secretariat Executive Director John Connor at the logo launch ceremony.   WEDNESDAY 12TH April, 2017: The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) congratulates Ms. Ronna Sekiguchi of Green House Studio who was announced as the winner of the national COP23 official logo competition and also to the […]

TUVALU ESTABLISH NATIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BOARD

  MONDAY 1 MaY, 2017: Following a comprehensive consultation process with respective in country multi-stakeholder organisations, the Government of Tuvalu, led by the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, His Excellency Enele Sopoaga officially established their National Sustainable Development Board (NSDB) and reaffirmed their support to the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) at a Signing and Exchange […]

PM Launches Solomon Islands National Sustainable Development Board

Prime Minister Sogavare displays the Certificate of Establishment of the National Sustainable Development Board of Solomon Islands from the PIDF Secretariat. With him is the Deputy Secretary General of the PIDF Secretariat, Mr Peni Lomaloma. Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare launched the Solomon Islands National Sustainable Development Board (NSDB) of the Pacific Islands Development Forum […]

COURTESY CALL BY INDIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER

The Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, HE Mr Vishvas Sapka commended PIDF by recognizing its inclusive multi-stakeholder approach in discussing Pacific concerns during a courtesy visit to the Secretariat. HE Sapka acknowledged the achievement of the Forum over their relatively short year of operationalization. PIDF Secretary General, François Martel provided an overview of recent achievements [...]

PACIFIC CLIMATE WARRIORS GEAR UP

Warriors are revered in most cultures around the world – and particularly so in the Pacific and Fiji’s appointment as the President of COP23, the 350.org Pacific affiliate, also known as the Pacific Climate Warriors (PCW) have decided to up the ante and advocate for the best possible “Pacific Position.”

COP23 HIGH CHAMPION ENGAGES WITH PIDF

Following a meeting in March between Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) management and the Hon. Inia Seruiratu, designated Fiji COP23 High Champion, the PIDF has offered with its technical partners and network to assist the honourable Minister in the implementation of his role as part of the COP23 Fiji Presidency.

Farewell to IUCN Director, Taholo Kami

Pacific Islands Development Forum, Secretary General presented a farewell gift to Taholo Kami, outgoing Regional Director for IUCN Oceania Regional Office during a farewell function and thanked him for the support given to this young organization since its establishment in 2013. “We would like to acknowledge your tremendous contribution to the genesis of PIDF – the development […]

Renewable Energy Stakeholder Conference

The University of Fiji in partnership with the Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretariat, hosted a two day regional conference on Renewable Energy at the Sofitel Fiji Resort on Denarau Island. A key note address was delivered by the PIDF Secretary General François Martel who remarked that more than 70% of fossil fuel in the Pacific […]

Singapore High Level Study Trip

The Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretary General participated in a High Level Study Visit for the Pacific Island States and Timor-Leste from 7 to 9 February 2017, along with Head of States, Ministers and senior officials from 14 Pacific Island States and Timor-Leste, and heads of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), and the Pacific Community […]

COURTESY VISIT BY BELGIUM DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) was visited by a high level delegation from Belgium led by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Didier Reynders, who acknowledged that they stand ready to support areas of mutual collaboration especially in regards to climate change action, sustainable oceans and to support continued efforts of PIDF in the Pacific […]

SOLOMON ISLANDS PM REAFFIRMS SUPPORT TO PIDF

  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 […]