In the recently published Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report 2013, a number of issues related to the region’s efforts to develop sustainably have been reported on. Some of the highlights include: the legislative and regulatory framework for Deep Sea Minerals that has been endorsed by all 15 Pacific ACP states; the development of MPAs in the region, including New Caledonia’s desire to implement a conservation area to link up with that of Australia; and increased collaboration amongst Pacific states to combat IUU fishing.
The annual report is produced by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). The Pacific Islands Forum is a political grouping of 16 independent and self-governing states, including: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshal Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
European overseas entities New Caledonia and French Polynesia, previously Forum Observers, were granted Associate Membership in 2006.
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