Strong public participation in the new regional policy process under the Framework for Pacific Regionalism
In response to a public call for ideas and proposals for action at the regional level through the Framework for Pacific
Regionalism, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat received a total of 68 submissions. Proposals have been received from
civil society organisations, intergovernmental bodies, regional agencies, academic institutions, Member Governments,
individuals, private sector organisations, technical agencies, and media organisations.
Secretary-General Dame Meg Taylor is pleased with the interest shown by the region. “I would like to thank the people of
the Pacific for participating in this process under the new Framework for Pacific Regionalism. The submissions reflect
the way we, as Pacific people, are thinking about issues that exist at the regional level and what needs to be done to
address these issues”, Dame Meg Taylor said.
The initiatives cover a wide range of thematic areas including: security and human rights, oceans, economic-related
issues, climate change, tourism, education, governance, labor mobility, health, cross-cutting issues, sustainable
development goals, ICT, environmental issues, regional architecture, and culture.
These initiatives will be considered by the Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism which meets in Suva from July 13 –
15. The Specialist Sub-Committee is chaired by the Secretary General of the Forum Secretariat and includes
representatives from Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Australia/New Zealand, Smaller Islands States, Civil Society, and
The Specialist Sub-Committee will review the initiatives and determine which of these will form the basis of a
high-level regional agenda for Leaders’ consideration, at their annual meeting in Papua New Guinea in September this
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat will provide updates on the progress of the Forum’s consideration of the regional
initiatives via its website, media releases, and official circulars. The latest updates on the Framework initiatives are
For further information, please contact Joel Nilon, Pacific Regionalism Adviser on +679 3312600
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org