Micronesian sub-grouping walks out over selection of new secretary-general The Pacific Islands Forum – the Pacific’s most influential regional body – is in disarray after nearly one-third of its member countries quit en masse. The countries of the Micronesian sub-grouping – Palau,…

The decision by Micronesian countries to leave the PIF will have major strategic implications. By Cleo Paskal, The DIPLOMAT Five countries just pulled out of the Pacific Islands Forum. This is geopolitically more important than it might seem. It is a very serious strategic…

Five nations from the region have nominated candidates for the position of Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat to replace the incumbent, Papua New Guinea’s Dame Meg Taylor, whose contract ends in January 2021. The holder of…

By BEN PACKHAM in Nauru China’s representative at the Pacific Island Forum in Nauru has stormed out of talks with forum nations after a dispute with host nation leader, President Baron Waqa. The Chinese “dialogue partner” left the closed doors meeting after what was…

Gia Garrick, Political Reporter  @giaisonline gia.garrick@radionz.co.nz Regional security and other pressing issues like climate change will be top of the formal agenda at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru this week. But leaders will also be confronted with the situation facing refugees…

BY Islands Business correspondent Nic Maclellan at the Pacific Islands Forum, Nauru Pacific leaders will consider a new Biketawa Plus declaration on regional security, as they gather in Nauru for the 49th Pacific Islands Forum. The draft statement describes climate…

A high-level U.S. government delegation comprised of senior officials from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Agency for International Development will attend the 30th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Session with Forum…