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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 […]

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.

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