2019 PIDF Summit & Conference
The 2019 Leaders’ Summit was held on the 30th of July 2019 at, Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa in Nadi, Fiji. The Summit was attended by the Head of State of the Republic of Nauru, Head of Government of Tuvalu and the Heads of Delegation of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Palau, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, the Kingdom of Tonga, Vanuatu, the Chair of Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organization (PIANGO) and the Chair of Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO).
The out-going Chair was represented by the Hon. John Maneniaru, Deputy Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands. The incoming Chair was the Head of Government of the Republic of Fiji, Hon. Josaia V. Bainimarama.
Leaders acknowledged the PIDF Secretariat and the incoming Chair for the meeting arrangements and hospitality and also recognized the contributions of the out-going Chair.
The Pacific Islands Development Forum Conference was held on the 29 – 30 July 2019 at the Pullman Nadi Bay Resort & Spa Fiji with the theme, ‘South – South Cooperation for a Resilient Pacific.’ A total of nearly 160 participants comprising of member countries and pacific organisations, regional and international organisations, civil societies and the private sector participated at this successful Conference.
PIDF members that attended included the Republic of Nauru, Tuvalu, Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Palau, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, the Kingdom of Tonga, Vanuatu, Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organization (PIANGO) and the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO).
The other countries that were represented at the Conference via invitation included Argentina, Australia, Bolivian Republic of Venezuela, China, European Union, India, Korea, Kosovo, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and United Kingdom.
The Conference was strategically designed in accordance to its theme and presented a total of 5 thematic plenary sessions, 1 institutional plenary session, 1 plenary session on the iconic Nadi Bay Declaration and a concluding plenary session as listed below:
South-South Cooperation: The Global Experience and relevance of the Pacific.
South-South Cooperation: SIDS and Pacific Islands experience and success stories.
South-South Cooperation for the blue and green economy – Implementation and Financing
Multi-stakeholder partnership for Island Resilience – South-South Cooperation in Action.
Leveraging Innovations from the Global South to Support Island Resilience.
PIDF Governance and Institutional Issues
Taking Action on Climate Change – Nadi Bay Declaration on Climate Crisis
Closing Plenary – National Statements