Australia hosted the inaugural Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting (FFMM) in Sydney, July 2015 to discuss disaster management in the region and strengthening Forum members’ international engagement. Ministers considered ways to strengthen responses to national hazards, drawing on lessons from experiences of Cyclones Pam and Winston and Typhoon Maysak.
Outcomes of the 2015 Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting
At the 46th Pacific Islands Forum in Papua New Guinea in September 2015, Leaders agreed that Forum Foreign Ministers meet annually to assist and inform Leaders of relevant regional and international issues facing the region.
The annual Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting (FFMM) was established in 2016 to provide a platform in the Forum’s architecture for discussion and strategising on regional and international issues facing the Pacific region. At their first meeting in Suva in August 2016, Forum Foreign Ministers’ committed to ensuring whole-of-government approaches to pursuing Pacific regionalism, and strengthened coordination of Pacific Islands Forum diplomacy, internationally.
Outcomes of the 2016 Forum-Foreign-Ministers-Meeting
Forum Foreign Ministers, at their second meeting in Suva in August 2017, focused on a wide range of issues affecting the political and security environment of the Pacific, including shifts in global power relations, challenges to multilateralism, and increased incidence of transnational crime and illegal fishing. Ministers recommended that Leaders initiate consultations on developing a ‘Biketawa Plus’ security declaration, as a foundation for future regional responses.
Outcomes of the 2017 Forum-Foreign-Ministers-Meeting
At their third meeting in Apia in August 2018, Foreign Ministers, underlined their commitment to collective diplomacy and enhanced regional security arrangements. Discussions focused on a new regional security declaration “Biketawa Plus”, an aerial surveillance programme in the Pacific to provide more efficient surveillance system across the region and the importance of securing maritime boundaries for the development and security of the region.
Outcomes of the 2018-Forum-Foreign-Ministers-Meeting