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  • Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) meets with Pacific Islands Forum Leaders. At his left is Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum.
Secretary-General Guterres meets PIF Leaders and Secretariat, September 2019. UN Photo/Rick Bajorna

The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) was founded in 1971 and currently has a membership of 18 states and territories. As part of its cooperation with regional organizations, the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs has been increasing its cooperation with the PIF Secretariat to address the unique challenges facing the region, including peace and security, governance, climate change, sustainable development/2030 agenda, gender equality and youth empowerment.

DPPA continues to partner with PIF, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), as well as the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), to convene dialogues on different aspects of the climate change and security nexus affecting small states. For example, in April 2021 an online discussion on the nexus of climate-related security risks and human rights in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place involving governments, experts and UN partners. For further information, expert contributions and a summary report of a workshop on Pacific climate security held in May 2019 in partnership with PIF is also available here.