The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) is the youngest regional organization to be established in the Pacific. Its establishment followed and was influenced by, three important international events and their outcomes, namely, the UN Rio+20 Summit which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13 to 22 June 2012, and the 3rd Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference that took place in Apia, Samoa, from 1 to 4 September 2014, and the 2030 Agenda agreed by the UN Member States in New York in September 2015.
The SAMOA Pathway that emerged from the 3rd Small Island Developing States Conference identified eighteen priority areas, most of which are important for the PIDF’s mission. Working towards the 2030 Development Agenda and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals on priorities that have synergies with those found in the SAMOA Pathway, the PIDF would contribute to the national achievement of these international commitments.
Some unique features of PIDF include a truly multi-stakeholder structure with the regional private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) represented on an equal basis in its governance structures. This ensures an inclusive process more in line with modern development thinking.
The current membership of the PIDF consists of 12 of these states, namely, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, the Marshall Islands (RMI), Nauru, Palau, The Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Timor-Leste, and Vanuatu. It also benefits from the membership of two regional umbrella organizations, the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations (PIANGO) and the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO).
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