New Caledonia set for first Pacific Islands Forum as full member [fr]
New Caledonia will attend the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting, to be held in Apia, Samoa, on September 4-8, as a full forum member for the first time. A French delegation will be led by Sébastien Lecornu, Minister of State attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition.
The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) will focus on the theme of The Blue Pacific: Our Sea of Islands - Our Security through Sustainable Development, Management and Conservation.
New Caledonia, attending the forum as a full member for the first time, will also attend the Forum Leaders’ Retreat and take part in meetings with civil society, the private sector, associate members and observers, partners of the 29th post-Forum dialogue, and directors of the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP).
Yves Lafoy, Official Representative of New Caledonia to New Zealand and responsible for overseeing diplomatic relations with the Pacific Islands Forum, will be a member of the New Caledonian delegation led by Philippe Germain, President of the Government of New Caledonia.
President Germain is scheduled to meet New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Secretary Pacific and Development Group Jonathan Kings on September 6.
Following the May 2016 visit to New Zealand of then-Prime Minister of France, New Zealand announced its qualified public support for the candidacy of New Caledonia for PIF full member status. Following the 47th Forum held in Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia) in September 2016, New Caledonia and French Polynesia were admitted as full members of the PIF.
Sébastien Lecornu, Minister of State attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, will lead the French delegation. He will be accompanied by Ambassador of France to Zealand Florence Jeanblanc-Risler (also accredited to the Cook Islands and Samoa). Sébastien Lecornu will participate in the 29th post-Forum dialogue, which aims to raise awareness among development partners around the central theme of the 48th PIF summit.
Discussions at the 48th summit will centre on the theme The Blue Pacific: Our Sea of Islands - Our Security through Sustainable Development, Management and Conservation:
a) Implementation of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism
b) Regional Governance and Financing, requiring collective governance and the sharing of human and financial resources to prevent international aid fragmentation
c) the Pacific Roadmap for Sustainable Development, whose implementation by PIF members requires reinforced regional and national-scale capacities
d) Forum Priorities, which, beyond the central theme, include the PACER Plus free trade and development agreement, optimising the economic impact of fisheries and, with regard to climate change and the reduction of natural hazards, the creation of a Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP)
e) Regional Security - RAMSI
f) Forum Membership and Meetings
g) Sustainable Funding Strategy, which accompanies the 2017-2021 PIF Strategic Framework
h) The situation in West Papua
i) Priorities for Smaller Island States (SIS).