The Third Pacific Islands Development Forum Summit of Leaders (PIDF 3) that ended in Suva last Friday 4th September 2015 approved the Pacific Islands Development Forum Charter and launched the PIDF as an international organisation.
Following approval the following countries signed the Charter: Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations.The Charter provides the organisational blueprint for the PIDF. It was developed through four rounds of consultation involving regional stakeholders in online discussions, written submissions and workshops. The two workshops brought stakeholders from across the region together to form a reference group which collaborated to produce the text of the Charter.
The PIDF Charter sets up the PIDF and makes provisions for: Its purposes and functions;structure and processes; funding mechanisms; review process; dispute mechanism; and how it is to come into effect. A copy of the Charter and its Explanatory Notes is attached. Following the signing of the Charter the PIDF flag was unfurled for the first time by the PIDF Interim Secretary General Mr Amena Yauvoli.