Source: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM WOMEN LEADERS MEETING
9 June 2022
The Pacific Islands Forum Women Leaders Meeting (PIFWLM) was endorsed in 2021 by Forum Leaders as a standing Forum meeting. The inaugural meeting was convened virtually on 9 June 2022. The first meeting was important as it sets the foundation for all future meetings, establishing the PIF Women Leaders Meeting as the high-level regional accountability mechanism for gender equality and inclusion for the Blue Pacific Continent.
The meeting was chaired by Fiji as Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, and attended by Australia, the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO), Pacific Community (SPC), Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP), attended as members of the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP).
The Chair of the meeting, the Hon. Rosy Akbar, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation opened the meeting with a few introductory remarks, followed by the PIF Secretary General Henry Puna who provided welcome remarks. The keynote address at the meeting was delivered virtually by the Forum Chair and Prime Minister of Fiji, Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama. The Right Hon. Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern; Hon. Prime Minister of Samoa, Fiame Naomi Mataafa; Vice President of the Republic of Palau, Hon. Jerrlyn Uduch Sengebau Snr; and
H. E. Ambassador for Women and Girls, Australia, Christine Clarke also provided remarks at the opening session.