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SUVA, April 28, 2018: The Fiji Youth Speak Forum (YSF) 2018 held at the University of the South Pacific, Suva campus on April 28 motivated and engaged Pacific youths in meaningful discussions and supported them to take concrete actions in fighting climate change and sustaining aquatic life. The Chief Guest, Hon. Rosy Akbar, Minister for […]
GUAM April 19, 2018:Participants were informed that it is important to formalise a mechanism for increased and inclusive engagement of Micronesian Civil Society Organisations with government in the monitoring and reporting of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and mainstream the 17 SDGs into government policies, plans and legislations. The comment was made by […]
The Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca hosted the second Smart Island World Congress from 23 -24 April, 2018, which has become the leading global event on smart islands offering islands a space for debate where they can jointly face the challenges of the future in the field of technology, innovation and domestic resources. The Congress […]
SUVA, April 12, 2018: The Pacific Islands are watching with interest the outcome of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) meetings in London this week. The IMO, a United Nations organisation regulating the maritime shipping sector, is scheduled to deliver an Initial Strategy on international shipping GHG emissions reduction by the 72nd Maritime Environment Protection Committee […]
SUVA, March 28 2018: As advocates of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), AIESEC and the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) signed a collaborative partnership agreement to co-organise the YouthSpeak Forum 2018 as an innovative way to actively engage, inspire and enable the youth of Fiji and the Pacific to act on issues […]
March 30, 2018: A new report published by the International Transport Forum at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) finds that “maximum deployment of currently known technologies could make it possible to reach almost complete decarbonisation of maritime shipping by 2035.” In a comprehensive analysis of what is needed to decarbonise international shipping by […]
March 22 2018, SUVA: The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) congratulates the Government of Ireland on being the world’s first country to fully divest public money from fossil fuels. This follows the recent announcement by the Irish Parliament passed in the historic legislation in a 90 to 53 vote in favour of dropping coal, oil […]
14 March 2018, SUVA: The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has published a Position Paper in regards to Shipping Emissions negotiations taking place at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The paper is an outcome of the Pacific Maritime Technical Officers Workshop on Shipping Emissions hosted by PIDF in Suva in February.
March 12, 2018, Islamabad: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) in a special ceremony with partner universities, the diplomatic corps and COMSATS members, staff and exchange students. The agreement aims to promote science, […]
PIDF was represented by the Secretary General and Team Leader Strategic Communications to the 4th ABU Media Summit held in Nadi from February 5-6, 2018. There were multiple objectives related to PIDF’s participation such as engaging with the Asia-Pacific media organization and its Secretary General to identify possible areas of cooperation.
India, 15 February, 2018: Upon invitation from the Government of India, PIDF was represented by the Secretary General and Team Leader Policy Research & Evaluation in the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) in New Delhi, India, to address the “Effective South South Cooperation under the FIPIC.
SUVA, 23 February 2018: In November 2017, following COP23, Samoa became the first UN member nation to sign the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty which is intended to be an international treaty addendum to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The PIDF Secretariat congratulates the government of Samoa for this important […]
As part of PIDFs Pacific Year of the Ocean, the Secretariat coordinated the” Symposium on SDG 14 Pacific Commitments – 2018 Action Agenda” in Suva in December 2017 , under the patronage of Ambassador Peter Thomson, the United Nations Secretary General’s (UNSG’s) Special Envoy for the Ocean.
Suva, Friday 15, 2017: The Vodafone ATH Foundation in partnership with the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) launched a new channel mClimate which Vodafone users can access from their mobile phones.
January 2018, Solomon Islands: A courtesy visit was made by the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretary General, François Martel to the Solomon Islands to provide a briefing to the new Prime Minister and Chair of PIDF on the progress of the organisations mandate and to reach an agreement and confirmation of dates for […]
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed presents an award to Motufoua Secondary School (Oceania) at the Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. Picture Credit: Chris Whiteoak / The National Monday, January 15, 2017, Abu Dhabi: Pacific island countries and territories continue to display innovation and resilience in applying practical […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Bonn, 8 November, 2917: The PIDF Secretary General was part of an interactive panel for a side event on the Pacific Youth Dialogue on Climate Change: Questions Live that was held at the COP23 Fiji pavilion. The live interactive session was also attended by the Fiji Climate Change Champion, Inia Seruiratu, Elisabeth Barbier, Deputy General […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Bonn, November 15, 2017: The PIDF Secretary General was invited to present on Loss and Damage & the 2030 Agenda: Building Strong Linkages at the COP23 on Wednesday November 15 held at the Fiji Pavilion, Bonn Zone. The side event was organised by UN DESA in collaboration with the President of COP23 (Fiji), the incoming […]
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.
Bonn, Germany 15 November, 2017: High level officials from Pacific Islands have called for a reining in of fossil fuel production in order to stay within the climate limits agreed to in Paris. They were joined in their call by civil society, indigenous, and academic voices.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
SUVA, 17 October, 2017 – A global alliance on coal phase-out to be championed by Canada and the United Kingdom at COP23 in Bonn sets the roadmap for other developed nations to unite and implement the transition from unabated coal fired electricity and support the Pacific call to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.
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 […]
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 […]
SUVA 14 September, 2017: “It is not that businesses don’t want to engage in green growth by developing green business models or practices, they just have difficulties to figure out how and where to go to begin the process and to also make sure it doesn’t have an impact on their profit margins”. The comment […]
MONDAY, 21 August, SUVA: A two day high level conference which will provide a knowledge platform on the blue economy for the Pacific Islands and explore lessons learned, innovations and emerging industries based on ocean resources will be held at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva from the 23-24 August, 2017. The Conference, with a theme […]
SUVA, Wednesday 12 July, 2017: A courtesy call was made by a high level delegation led by H.E Ambassador Tha Aung Nyun and First Secretary Aye Thanda Shwe from the Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the PIDF Secretariat. The courtesy visit by the Myanmar delegation was to enhance their knowledge […]
Suva, Friday 14 July, 2017: A two-day consultation workshop initiated by the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) with a number of regional civil society organisations at the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation conference room in Suva has ended successfully.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
MONDAY 5, May: Beijing is hosting a high-level international cooperation forum, dubbed “One Belt, One Road,” which brings together dozens of heads of state and government, along with financial organizations and hundreds of business representatives and entrepreneurs from the 14 to 15 May, 2017.
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).
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has joined the community of TEDxSuva sponsors for this year’s event, announcing their support at a signing event hosted at their Secretariat office in Suva.
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MONDAY 1 MAY 2017: Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands have submitted a paper to the forthcoming meeting of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) calling on shipping to show high ambition in tackling climate change causing emissions from shipping, in line with, Pacific Leaders calls for no more than 1.5 degrees warming.