The Seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7)
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The Seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7)

Leaders of the Pacific Island countries during a summit in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture.

The 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) was held in Iwaki-city, Fukushima prefecture, on May 22 and 23 in 2015.


The Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the PALM process and its current structure as central to strengthening mutual trust between Japan and the members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF); they acknowledge its role in enhancing and steadying substantial development in the Forum Island Countries (FICs). Acknowledging the challenges that the FICs continue to face, the Leaders renewed their strong commitment to partnership and cooperation based on the PALM process.

The Leaders expressed their support for the new vision of Japan’s diplomacy towards the Pacific island countries, “A Beacon for Diplomacy toward the PICs”, which was announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 23, 2015. Taking into account the important role played by the FICs in the international community, the Leaders are committed to working closely with Japan based on shared values and rule of law to achieve peace and prosperity in the Pacific region.

Enhance Cooperation

The Leaders decided to enhance cooperation with a central focus on the seven areas:

  1. Disaster risk reduction;
  2. Climate change;
  3. Environment;
  4. People-to-people exchanges;
  5. Sustainable development (including human resource development);
  6. Oceans, maritime issues and fisheries;
  7. Trade, investment and tourism.

Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan had fulfilled its pledge at PALM6 by providing more than USD 500 million over the past three years and pledged to provide financial support to the extent of no less than JPY 55 billion to the FICs over the next three years. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also announced that Japan aims to implement human resource development and people-to-people exchanges involving more than 4,000 citizens from the FICs over the next three years.

Information

1. Overview

  1. Date and Venue:
    May 22 and 23, 2015, Iwaki-city, Fukushima.
  2. Participants:
    Japan, Palau (Co-Chairs), Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Australia, New Zealand.

2. Purposes

  1. Further Strengthening the Partnership with the PICs:
    Promoting the cooperation in the PICs’ priority areas such as disaster risk reduction, environment, climate change, people-to-people exchanges, sustainable development and maritime issues.
  2. Cooperation for Maintaining Maritime Order and Ensuring Stable Fishing Access.
  3. Showcasing the vigorous reconstruction of Iwaki, Fukushima, from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

3. Outcomes

  1. The new vision of Japan’s diplomacy toward the PICs.
  2. Outcome Document.
  3. Japan’s cooperation package over the next three years.
    – Disaster Risk Reduction
    – Environment and Climate Change
    – People-to-People Exchanges
    – Sustainable Development
    – Maritime Issues and Fisheries
  4. Japan’s contribution as a peace-loving nation:
    Cooperation for the recovery of the remains of the war dead.
  5. Cooperation for the UN Security Council reform.
  6. Participation of Prime Minister of Fiji in PALM7.

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