New Caledonia to be represented at Pacific Island Forum’s Official Committee and Foreign Minister meetings
Dr Yves Lafoy, the Official representative of New Caledonia to New Zealand, based at the Embassy of France in Wellington, is in charge of overseeing the relationship between New Caledonia and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). He will represent New Caledonia at the forthcoming meetings of the Forum Official Committee (August 8 and 9) and the Forum Foreign Ministers (August 11), to be held at the Forum’s head office in Suva.
The main objectives of the two meetings are to endorse the themes that will be discussed by the Pacific Leaders at their forthcoming annual Summit in Samoa (Apia, Sept. 4 to 8).
In addition to defining the modalities relating to the holding of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Summit at Apia and that of the 29th Post-Forum Dialogue, Official and Ministers from countries and territories * of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) will be discussing the following five main issues:
i) the implementation of the “Framework for Pacific regionalism”, to optimise initiatives of major interest for the Pacific, involving not only governments but the Civil society and the Private sector ;
ii) the implementation of the following six regional initiatives selected and monitored by the Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism :
▪ Fisheries, by endorsing Economic Returns Work Programme and Report as well as the Monitoring Control and Surveillance Evaluation Report,
▪ Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, by on the one hand, encouraging all Forum Member countries to ratify the Paris Agreement, and on the other hand, endorsing the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP),
▪ West Papua, with its politically sensitive nature,
▪ Cervical Cancer, by joining the regional bulk procurement programme for cervical cancer vaccine managed by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF),
▪ Regional Mobility and Business Practices, through the implementation of a Forum-Wide Business Travel Card to support greater business mobility, and expanding Intra-regional Labour Mobility,
▪ Persons with Disabilities, with the recommendation to endorse the Pacific Framework for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2016 – 2025);
iii) regional security initiatives, including those brought under the auspices of the Biketawa Declaration, with a focus on the RAMSI farewell ceremony;
iv) 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;
v) the reinforcement of aid development coordination in the Pacific.
*New Caledonia, like French Polynesia, became a full member of the Pacific Island Forum during the 47th PIF Leaders summit that was held last year in Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia, FSM)