​The Pacific Islands Forum

The 44th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting was held in Majuro, Marshall Islands from 3-6 September 2013. The meeting was based on the theme "Marshalling the Pacific Response to the Climate Challenge."

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The Pacific Islands Forum is comprised of Leaders from 16 independent and self-governing Pacific Island nations. Members are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The annual Forum meetings are chaired by the Head of Government of the Host Country (currently Cook Islands), who remains as Forum Chair until the next meeting.

Our role

Conservation International (CI) has worked closely with Pacific Islands Leaders, their regional intergovernmental agencies, and civil society to develop the Pacific Oceanscape Framework. Pacific Islands Forum Leaders unanimously endorsed the Framework in 2010 and it is widely recognized as a globally significant ocean initiative.

Under the Pacific Oceanscape we are working towards:

  • Integrated ocean management, including large scale marine protected areas
  • Adaptation to environmental and climate change
  • Liaising, listening, learning and leading — supporting a united voice for our ocean

CI strongly supports country commitments to the Pacific Oceanscape and its flagship programs: the northern Micronesia Challenge​, a shared commitment to conserve at least 30% of the near-shore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020, the 408,250 km² Phoenix Islands Protected Area, the world's largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage site, the newly launched 1.2 million km² Cook Islands Marine Park and the announced 1.4 million km² New Caledonia Coral Sea Marine Protected Area. CI also engages at the regional and global levels through communication initiatives — for example the Sony 'Pacific Oceanscape' story telling, regional policy development and initiatives including most recently the World Bank Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). CI is also an invited participant in the Forum's Marine Sector Working Group, which is charged with ensuring integrated implementation of the Pacific Oceanscape Framework at the regional scale.


Press release: Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy give $500,000 Each To Micronesia Challenge

Press release: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency receives award for improving Pacific tuna fisheries management

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