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SECRETARIAT

In order to strengthen the capacity of the PIDF a standing PIDF Secretariat has been established. The Secretariat will enhance the work of the PIDF through the establishment of administrative capacity and by providing continuity, institutional memory, operational efficiency, enhanced communication and outreach, exchange of information with other relevant international organizations and to support activities of the PIDF.

The Secretariat is the administrative body responsible for delivery of PIDF’s strategic themes. During the historical inaugural meeting of the PIDF which was held at the Sheraton Fiji Resort in Denarau from 5th – 7th August 2013 the meeting approved the establishment of the Secretariat. The meeting also accepted an offer by Prime Minister JV Bainimarama of Fiji to host the Secretariat and to provide the initial funding for its establishment.


Secretary General



The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary General who has overall responsibility for the management and administration and the day-to-day functioning of the Secretariat and reports to the PIDF through the PIDF Chair the Prime Minister of Fiji. The position of Secretary General is now held by Mr. François Martel.

Biography

Mr. François Martel, a dual Canadian/Samoan national, is an accomplished professional forester and conservationist with 30 years of experience working on issues of biodiversity conservation, climate change and sustainable forest resource use in island ecosystems. Mr. Martel has diverse geographical experience with island biodiversity ranging from west Africa (Bijagos Archipelago, Guinea Bissau) to the Caribbean (St. Lucia) to the Pacific Islands, where he has worked for the last 25 years. Mr. Martel spent 10 years as the Technical Director for Melanesia and Executive Director for the Pacific Islands Program of Conservation International, a large world-wide environment conservation organization based in Arlington, VA, building from a one staff CI-Pacific program based in Samoa in 2001, to coordinating more than 20 highly qualified field staff in7 offices across 4 countries with conservation projects in more than 15 countries and French territories of the Tropical Pacific Islands. In this role, he had the responsibility to develop the partnerships, fundraising and managing conservation and climate change projects with, what in 2010, was an annual budget of close to USD3.0 million. Mr. Martel was part of the Senior Leadership Team at Conservation International for the duration of his assignments with the organization. He founded and led the Pacific Islands Regional program (one of the 15 field programs of CI) until its inclusion into the Asia-Pacific Field Division in 2009.
Mr. Martel has developed and nurtured a wide network of conservation, climate change and sustainable development partners and alliances in all Pacific Islands over the last 26 years, and led, among others, the design and the implementation of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund Ecosystem Profile and projects for the Polynesia-Micronesia Hotspot from 2003 to 2010. He has good knowledge of legal and policy frameworks in island settings across all Pacific Islands, from his leadership work at CI Pacific Islands, but also from his work as part of the team designing and implementing conservation areas with the South Pacific Biodiversity Conservation Programme, a large 8-year, 17 community-based conservation areas and 12 countries GEF-UNDP funded project, prior joining the Conservation International Foundation in 2001. In addition, Mr. Martel has been active in the private sector in Samoa, as the Cofounder and Director of Polynesian Xplorer Ltd, a 20-year Destination Management Company based in Samoa, including in the role of CEO over a period of four years.Mr. Martel is married with four children.

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 Secretary General : Mr. François Martel

Staff



The Secretariat will be staffed commensurate to its tasks by selected persons, through secondments and attachments, from the PIDF region; modelled on inclusive and sustainable principles and operated on the “principle of less is more and more for less”.

In his statement at the meeting in Nadi Prime Minister Bainimarama said:

“I am equally delighted to say that Fiji offered to host the Secretariat and that offer has been accepted. On behalf of every Fijian, I want to thank our fellow Pacific Islanders for the confidence you have shown in us. We are deeply honored by the trust that you’ve placed on us, and pledge to make every effort to ensure that this important and new regional initiative is a success. Work will commence immediately in setting up the Secretariat, to maintain the momentum of this discussion. A working group comprising all the stakeholders, government, civil society groups and businesses will map out the way forward. Initially, we envisage that the new Secretariat will be housed in Suva in the former headquarters of the Fiji Film and Video Unit in Domain Road.

It will be initially funded by Fiji and staffed by representatives of governments, civil society groups and business from the PIDF Region. Further details will be announced in due course but I can assure you that the PIDF Secretariat will be very different from the Forum Secretariat.”

“We have no interest in establishing a competing bureaucracy. Indeed, my fellow Leaders and I have agreed that our guiding philosophy will be the antithesis of many bureaucracies – less is more and more for less. The Pacific does not need expensive facilities, we need results. The Pacific does not need an army of overpaid officials; we need committed, publicly minded individuals, utilizing scarce resources to maximum effect.”

“The Pacific does not need any more top-down solutions, we need to harness the common sense of our people at the grassroots, listen to them as we identify their needs and work up. So, my fellow Leaders has agreed that we will start modestly, expand only when required and live within our means.”

Secretariat Building



The Secretariat is located at 56 Domain Road Suva Fiji. The double-storey building was originally designed, and used, as a residential property for many years. In the early 80′s the house was re-designed and re-fitted to accommodate the Film and Television Unit of the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications. It is currently undergoing refurbishment to bring it to a state befitting the headquarters of an international organization. In order to strengthen the capacity of the PIDF a standing PIDF.

Secretariat has been established. The Secretariat will enhance the work of the PIDF through the establishment of administrative capacity and by providing continuity, institutional memory, operational efficiency, enhanced communication and outreach, exchange of information with other relevant international organizations and to support activities of the PIDF.

The Secretariat is the administrative body responsible for delivery of PIDF’s strategic themes. During the historical inaugural meeting of the PIDF which was held at the Sheraton Fiji Resort in Denarau from 5th – 7th August 2013 the meeting approved the establishment of the Secretariat. The meeting also accepted an offer by Prime Minister JV Bainimarama of Fiji to host the Secretariat and to provide the initial funding for its establishment.
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The opening of the new PIDF secretariat was done on 26th of April, 2014 by the Prime Minister of Fiji Rear Admiral Josaia V Bainimarama.

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This Painting was done by : Mr. Pauliasi Deleaibatiki of Namuka i Lau in the Province of Lau.


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