The Pacific Islands Forum was founded in 1971 as the South Pacific Forum and is a political grouping of 16 independent and self-governing states. Members include Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The goals of the Forum Secretariat are to stimulate economic growth and enhance political governance and security for the region, through the provision of policy advice; and to strengthen regional cooperation and integration through coordinating, monitoring and evaluating implementation of Leaders’ decisions.
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November 2014 - Pacific Islands Forum in Suva
The two-day event examined ways for government officials to localize and harmonize regional and global commitments to human security and gender equality to build inclusive and sustainable development. The workshop was run by the Pacific Islands Forum (PIFS) in partnership with APR2P. Participating delegations represented Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea. The deliberations were facilitated by Helen Tavola, who has worked in Pacific countries for many years, including a period at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS).