New Caledonia to be represented at Pacific Island Forum’s Official Committee meeting [fr]
Dr Yves Lafoy, the Official representative of New Caledonia to New Zealand, will represent New Caledonia at the meeting of the Forum Official Committee.
Taking place on the 12th and 13th of August 2015 at the Forum’s head office in Suva,
Official representatives from Pacific Island Forum (PIF) countries, associate members and observers will be in attendance.
The main objective of this meeting is to endorse the themes that will be discussed by the Pacific Leaders at their forthcoming annual Summit in Papua New Guinea next September.
This year, the Forum Official Committee meeting will be marked by one of the main challenges which must be raised by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, namely the implementation of the “Framework for Pacific regionalism” – a replacement of the former Pacific Plan – in order to optimise the implementation of initiatives of major interest for the Pacific.
**“Framework for Pacific regionalism” link
During the 45th Summit of the PIF in Palau in August 2014, the leaders of the Pacific had mandated the PIF Secretariat for the implementation of the new “Framework for Pacific regionalism”. In light of this, the PIF Secretariat, with the agreement of the PIF member countries, created a Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism. This Sub-Committee had the mandate of selecting five regional priorities in order to submit them to the approval of the leaders during their next annual summit, which will be held this year in Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby, 7-11 September).
Composed of eight experts representing the different regional groups ‘Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia, Australia and/or New Zealand, small island developing states, civil society, private sector’ this Sub-Committee, in place for a duration of 18 to 36 months, will have the task, for the first time this year, of submitting for consideration to the PIF Official Committee the 68 projects that it has preselected with regards to regional initiatives. The selection of five projects which will be approved by the PIF Official Committee will thereby be submitted to the approval of the Pacific leaders during the 2015 PIF Summit next September.
**The meeting will also address the following five main points:
a)the streamlining of regional meetings, following the decision made on the 9th and 10th of July 2015 to establish, from 2016, an annual meeting of PIF Ministers of Foreign Affairs, after that of the PIF officials and three weeks before that of the Pacific Leaders’ Summit.
b) the modalities relating to the holding of the 46th Pacific Islands Forum Summit at Port Moresby and that of the 27th Post-Forum Dialogue.
“Strengthening connections to enhance Pacific Regionalism” is the theme which was selected for the 46th PIF Summit.
The themes which will be debated during the 27th post-Forum will concern, in addition to other relevant aspects of “regionalism”:
- The elaboration of the post-2015 Development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, in order to make public a “common position” relating to the needs and issues of the Pacific region before international fora,
- The proposal of a format change of the “Post-Forum Dialogue” in order to better integrate development partners there;
c) regional security initiatives, including those brought under the auspices of the Biketawa Déclaration
d) the reinforcement of good governance practices, in regards to the fight against fraud activity and organized crime, violence towards women, as well as the implementation of human rights mechanisms or in the integration of young people within society;
e) the reinforcement of the coordination of aide development, for the implementation of “The Cairns Compact”
**New Caledonia, an associate member of the PIF (like French Polynesia, and more recently Tokelau) will be represented by Dr Yves Lafoy at the 2015 Pacific Island Forum’s Official Committee meeting. Dr Lafoy, the Official representative of New Caledonia to New Zealand, based at the Embassy of France in Wellington, is responsible for supervising the relationship between New Caledonia and the Pacific Islands Forum.