Cook Islands Government
The Cook Islands is a self-governing parliamentary democracy in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand. It is composed of 15 small islands whose total land area is 240 square kilometers and EEZ is 1.8 million square-kilometer.
The Cook Islands are a member country of the Pacific Islands Forum and the hosts of this year’s 43rd Forum in Rarotonga, where they will formerly launch the Cook Islands Marine Park, comprising 1.1 million square- kilometer of their southern Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) under the Pacific Oceanscape. This marine park will be the largest area in history committed by a single country for ocean conservation and management.
Kiribati, officially the Republic of Kiribati, is an island nation located in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. The total land area is 726 square kilometers and EEZ is 3.6 million square-kilometers.
The Pacific Oceanscape was conceived by His Excellency Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, in early 2009 and endorsed by Pacific Islands Forum leaders at their 40th Meeting in August 2009.
Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) is 410,500-square-kilometer and the first commitment made to the Pacific Oceanscape. PIPA conserves one of the Earth's last intact oceanic coral archipelago ecosystems, consisting of eight coral atolls and two submerged reef systems in a nearly uninhabited region of abundant marine and bird life. The protected area also includes underwater mountains and other deep-sea habitat.
The Secretariat's mandate is delivered through the annual Leaders’ Communiqués and high level ministerial meeting decisions. The Forum Secretariat is also mandated to coordinate the implementation of the Pacific Plan for strengthening regional cooperation and integration. The Forum Secretariat is led by the Secretary General (currently Tuiloma Neroni Slade of Samoa) who is directly responsible to the Forum Leaders and to the Forum Officials' Committee (FOC). FOC is the Secretariat’s governing body comprising representatives from all Forum members.
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has been charged by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region with the protection and sustainable development of the region's environment.
SPREP's members are American Samoa, Australia, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna. SPREP is based in Apia, Samoa, with over 70 staff.
The World Bank Institute (WBI) is a global connector of knowledge, learning and innovation for poverty reduction. The WBI connects practitioners and institutions to help them find suitable solutions to their development challenges. With a focus on the "how" of reform, the WBI links knowledge from around the world and scale up innovations.
The WBI has various programs in the Pacific Islands region including addressing the threat of climate change, providing technical assistance to improve telecommunications, disaster risk management, and forming in country partnerships towards resilience against threats such as natural disaster and economic shocks.