Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF)

About PIDF

The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) is the youngest regional organization to be established in the Pacific. Its establishment followed and was influenced by, three important international events and their outcomes, namely, the UN Rio+20 Summit which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13 to 22 June 2012, and the 3rd Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference that took place in Apia, Samoa, from 1 to 4 September 2014, and the 2030 Agenda agreed by the UN Member States in New York in September 2015.

The SAMOA Pathway that emerged from the 3rd Small Island Developing States Conference identified eighteen priority areas, most of which are important for the PIDF’s mission. Working towards the 2030 Development Agenda and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals on priorities that have synergies with those found in the SAMOA Pathway, the PIDF would contribute to the national achievement of these international commitments.

Some unique features of PIDF include a truly multi-stakeholder structure with the regional private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) represented on an equal basis in its governance structures. This ensures an inclusive process more in line with modern development thinking.

The current membership of the PIDF consists of 12 of these states, namely, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, the Marshall Islands (RMI), Nauru, Palau, The Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Timor-Leste, and Vanuatu. It also benefits from the membership of two regional umbrella organizations, the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations (PIANGO) and the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO).


A United, Distinctive and Sustainable Pacific Society.


Enabling Green/Blue Pacific Economies through Inclusive Strategies, Multi-stakeholder Governance, and Genuine Partnerships.

In this video, PIDF showcases a community-based project (Sustainable and Resilient Development of Island Communities) located on Vio Island in the vicinity of Lautoka, Fiji. This is the opportunity to strengthen the strategy for a people-centered development approach that develops community resilience. The project supports and promotes the empowerment of communities in particular women and vulnerable groups in the decision-making process on the use of natural resources and the implementation of Sustainable development initiatives through capacity building for these groups. The project will be replicated across PIDF member states, therefore, promoting the SSC and TrC through information sharing and lessons learned.

Featured Good Practices

The PIDF shall drive through national, regional, and international frameworks, and transformative changes by focusing on the sustainable and inclusive development of the Pacific Islands by:


    1. Advocating the very real and pressing significance of climate change for the lives and livelihoods of Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders.
    2. Implementing policies for sustainable development and especially poverty eradication that respond to the challenges posed by climate change and globalization.
    3. Accelerating the integration of the three pillars of sustainable development namely environment, social and economic to harmonize the pursuit of economic growth with the needs of societies and the sustainability of the environment.
    4. Facilitating the use of tools, approaches, and innovations such as Green-Blue Pacific economy, leadership, and genuine partnerships to stimulate robust debate while fostering an inclusive change agenda.

PIDF & South-South Cooperation

The PIDF Charter directs the Secretariat, as one of PIDF’s functions, to “serve as the Pacific regional counterpart for the South-South groupings and other regional and international arrangements that focus on sustainable development and especially poverty eradication in Pacific islands to ensure policy and coherence at all levels.”

Considering this focus PIDF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) on 28 November 2017.

Through the MOU, PIDF and UNOSSC agreed to:


    • Share analysis and information on the contribution of South-South Cooperation towards sustainable development, with a focus on analysis and information relevant to PIDF member stakeholders.
    • Jointly identify and explore scaling-up programs that work towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the SAMOA pathway, and other relevant frameworks.
    • Support PIDF member stakeholders to share their experience of South-South cooperation such as best practices, development solutions, and innovative projects towards achieving sustainable development, including through joint publications, events, workshops, and other forums, as appropriate.
    • Contribute to the Southern Climate Partnership Incubator (SCPI) initiative, as appropriate.