Joint Statement on Blue Pacific Foreign Ministers Meeting Partners

The text of the following declaration was issued by the governments of the United States of America, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom on the occasion of the meeting of Foreign Ministers Blue Pacific Partners on September 22, 2022.

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On September 22, 2022, Ministers and Representatives of Blue Pacific Partners Members and Observers and Pacific Ministers met to discuss progress on the implementation of Blue Pacific Partners. This follows a Partners in the Blue Pacific briefing with members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) at senior government level.

Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States welcomed Germany’s and Canada’s increased attention and commitment to a true partnership with the Pacific and their announcement of their intention to join the Blue Pacific Partners. Partners emphasized that this inclusive and informal mechanism will be guided by the FIP 2050 Strategy for the Pacific Blue Continent and the existing Pacific regional architecture. This included continued engagement and consultation with the PIF and respect for the concept of Pacific regionalism and related regional mechanisms, sovereignty, transparency, accountability, and we are committed to being Pacific island led and guided.

Partners noted that Blue Pacific Partners aim to support the Pacific region and its priorities more effectively and efficiently. Together and individually, our countries will strengthen our current efforts to support Pacific priorities. Together with the PIF and in response to the upcoming Strategy 2050 implementation plan, we will map existing projects and plan for future ones, seeking to generate resources, eliminate duplication and fill gaps, which will will avoid heavier burdens and lost opportunities for the Pacific. governments and peoples of the Pacific. In parallel, each of our governments will continue to increase the ambition of our individual efforts in the region and in alignment with national and regional goals and priorities.

Six forward-looking lines of effort and initial projects for the PBP were discussed, aligned with the thematic areas of the Forum’s 2050 Strategy. The participants agreed to continue the dialogue before finalizing the lines of effort. The lines of effort discussed were:

  • Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation and Disasters
  • Secure and resilient technology and connectivity
  • Protection of the ocean and the environment
  • people centered development
  • Resources and economic development
  • Political leadership and regionalism

Participants discussed some potential initiatives that could be considered initially as part of the Informal and Inclusive Blue Pacific Partners. These included: humanitarian warehousing in the Pacific to pre-position humanitarian and emergency supplies, as agreed by FIP Ministers at the inaugural meeting of Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Ministers in Nadi; an annual conference on cyber capabilities in the Pacific; additional support to the Pacific Climate Change Center in Samoa; and support to access climate finance. Participants agreed to continue discussions on potential initiatives in 2022 based on preferred Pacific Island timelines.

Next steps

The partners further committed to work with the region to consider other potential initiatives for consultation and review in the Pacific, including in areas such as education and scholarships, infrastructure, gender and control. against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Partners committed to regular and ongoing engagement with Pacific Island governments, the PIF and other Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) agencies, and periodic engagement to review and guide implementation in partnership with the Pacific in accordance with the views of the Pacific Islands.

Partners are committed to regular and sustained engagement and consultation with members of the Blue Pacific Partners Forum to ensure they are addressing Pacific priorities. Partners have strengthened their long-term commitment to the Pacific and ensured that this informal and inclusive mechanism delivers practical and tangible results aligned with the existing regional architecture and Pacific-led at every step.

*Participants included representatives from Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Japan, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga , Tuvalu, United Kingdom, the United States and Vanuatu, as well as Canada, France, Germany, India, the Republic of Korea, the Pacific Islands Forum and the European Union in their capacity as observers.

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