Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown at the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting in Suva, Fiji. FORUM SECRETARIAT / 23091408
It is important to remember that in order for Pacific regionalism to work, we must be willing to work together to find common ground that positively contributes to the leaders’ vision.
were the words of Cook Islands Prime Minister and Pacific Islands Forum Chair
also chairing the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting in Suva this week.
said what theyhad
been through and accomplished in the last three years was “nothing short of
Forum Leaders developed and endorsed the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific
Continent as the overarching blueprint to advance Pacific regionalism for the
next three decades, he said.
“And they did this under the extreme pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic, and they
responded to this with the most robust national and regional frameworks
globally, keeping the health and safety of the Pacific people front and centre
of their policies.
“In the year 2050, those of us seated around the table certainly would have
moved on from where we are today.
“But our youth, our future Leaders, will look back at this period as a key
moment in the history of the Forum. It is they who will reflect on whether our
commitment to regionalism was enough to achieve the Vision for the Blue
said it was important to remember that in order for Pacific regionalism to
work, they must be willing to work together to find common ground that
positively contributes to the Leaders’ Vision.
With the theme Our Voices, Our Choices, Our Pacific Way: Promote, Partner,
Prosper, Brown said: “We must all be prepared to exercise some flexibility, to
be prepared to adjust, for the future prosperity of the Blue Pacific.”
At the meeting they will discuss a range of issues, from the geopolitical context
in which we operate, to the opportunities and challenges presented by our
priorities, Brown said.
“In my capacity as Forum Chair, I have had the invaluable opportunity to
participate in various global forums, including the G7 Summit in Hiroshima in
May and the ASEAN Leaders Summit in Jakarta just this last week.”
coming week, Brown said they will meet the world at the United Nations General
Assembly, the annual meeting point of world leaders. They will also have the
opportunity to meet again with United States President Joe Biden, and further
on in the near future, the annual meetings of the World Bank.
“The strategic opportunities before us are great. The onus is on us to step up
and grasp it. How we strategically engage as a region is of utmost importance.”
He added that a key deliverable this year will be the 2050 Strategy
Brown said they would
consider an update on the progress made to ensure that a comprehensive and
thoroughly owned and led document is ready for leaders’ consideration in
Brown said the Implementation Plan is a critical cog in the machinery to
deliver the 2050 Strategy, and as tasked by Leaders, will shortly be
accompanied by a Review of the Regional Architecture.