An official report of the recent 46th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ meeting, more commonly known as the Forum Communique was released two weeks ago Thursday, 10 September 2015, in the Papua New Guinean capital of Port Moresby.
The Leaders in their Retreat deliberated on issues concerning the Pacific region which included Australia and New Zealand.
A total of twenty agendas covering various areas and issues were discussed in the retreat out of which two declarations were born, focusing on Climate Change and Strengthening Connections to Enhance Pacific Regionalism.
The Smaller Islands States Leaders Meeting held ahead of the Leaders Retreat also saw the birth of the SIS Leaders’ Port Moresby Declaration on Climate Change which strongly calls for a 1.5 degrees Celsius agreement for Paris .
In total, the agendas include:
i. Framework for Pacific Regionalism
iii. Climate Change
iv. Information Communications Technologies (ICT)
v. Cervical Cancer
vi. West Papua
vii. Hiri Declaration
viii. Regional Governance and Financing
ix. Forum Foreign Ministers
x. Ministerial Meetings
xi. French Polynesia
xii. Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands
xiii. Radioactive Contaminants in the Republic of the Marshall Islands
xiv. Strengthening the Post-Forum Dialogue
xv. Pacer Plus
xvi. Post-2015 Development Agenda/Sustainable Development Goals
xvii. Implementation of the Forum Compact
xviii. Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration (2012)
xix. Smaller Island States Leaders Meeting
xx. Civil Society Organization Dialogue
Leaders also endorsed that the 47th Pacific Islands Forum meeting in 2016 will be held in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Samoa, Nauru and Tuvalu will host the 2017, 2018 and 2019 forum meetings respectively.