48th Forum pacific leaders meeting

The 48th Pacific Island Forum leaders meeting is being held in Vailima, Samoa

The annual meeting of Pacific leaders draws together the strength, ambitions and vision of leaders for a better Pacific.

This years’ theme Blue Pacific, our sea of islands, our security through sustainable development, management and conservation was chosen by Samoa reflecting the United Nations ocean conference and to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 – ‘to conserve and sustainably use the ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.’

During the UN climate conference Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi launched the theme to the world.

PM Tuilaepa said the theme “recaptures the collective potential of our shared stewardship of the Pacific Ocean based on an explicit recognition of our shared ocean identity, ocean geography, and ocean resources.”

The forum week commenced Monday 4 September with the meeting of leaders of the Smaller Island States (SIS).

Other events include a session of the Pacific members of the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) group.

Civil society organisations will have the opportunity to engage with all the leaders for the first time at a meeting on Wednesday 6 September, on the panel theme ‘Partnerships for the Blue Pacific – an exploration of the role and contribution of civil society’.

Later that day leaders will have a dialogue with the private sector on the theme ‘The Blue Pacific, a sea of commerce, challenges and opportunities.’

On Thursday 7 September will be the Forum leaders’ dialogue session that will include various panel groupings and topics with associate members, Forum observers and Forum dialogue partners.

Leaders will meet with CROP agencies on Friday 8 September before the leaders’ retreat and closing ceremony later Friday evening.