Pacific Islands Forum Chair and Prime Minister of Cook Islands Mark Brown at the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders and CROP Heads Meeting on Tuesday. 23110810
Pacific Islands Forum Leaders chair and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown has reiterated the call for support from Leaders and Heads of Regional Agencies in the implementation of the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.
He says it is not a task that
can be or should be taken lightly and the strategy will not sit on a shelf to
Brown, speaking at the Pacific
Islands Forum Leaders and CROP Heads Meeting on Tuesday said that at the political level, Cook
Islands hopes that with the endorsement of the Pacific Partnerships for
Prosperity, will provide a political prioritisation mechanism that is driven by
Members to chorale new financing and partnerships.
He hopes that together they can
build on these innovative ideas to strengthen how they work together for the
“Because we need action. We do
not want to see more proliferation of regional strategies and frameworks. We
need to see a greater focus on the implementation of existing strategies.
“We also need to see the clear
alignment between regional strategies to our national development plans;
greater alignment between the decisions of our regional governing councils; and
greater alignment in how we engage in the global arena,” Brown said.
It was in 2019 at a forum
meeting in Tuvalu, that leaders endorsed the development of the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific
Continent highlighting their concerns for the region’s
challenges of climate change related impacts, intensification of geostrategic
competition, exacerbating the region’s existing vulnerabilities.
Last year, at the meeting in
Fiji, leaders welcomed and endorsed the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific
Continent, as the overarching blueprint to advance Pacific regionalism for the
next three decades, articulating the region’s long-term vision, values, and key
thematic areas and strategic pathways.
This week at the leaders and
CROP Heads meeting, Brown said it was not often that they have the opportunity
to gather as Leaders and Heads of Regional Agencies tasked with the
implementation of their collective decisions and priorities.
He said the engagement provides
the opportunity for Forum Leaders to meet with CROP Heads who will report and
provide policy advice on the implementation of the Leaders priority
In many ways, while Leaders carry
the aspirations of collective action in the Pacific, the very realisation of
this vision lies with you – our regional agencies. You who are privileged with
the role of advising, developing and implementing our collective decisions and
“As a region, we have come
together to develop the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent. We have,
with your support, articulated the regional collective actions that now make up
the 2050 Strategy Implementation Plan. We will now rely on your leadership to
ensure that these priorities are implemented and progressed in the coming
He said the strategy, if it is
to truly guide their collective aspirations, will require dedicated and
consistent support to implement and this is something they cannot do alone as
“You, our CROP agencies, are
vital to the realisation of our collective vision in 2050,” he added.