Pacific Islands Forum

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The Pacific Islands Forum is an inter-governmental consultative process which aims to enhance cooperation between the countries of the Pacific Ocean and represent their interests. It was formerly known as the South Pacific Forum.

Member states are: Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

The decisions of the Forum are implemented by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), which grew out of the South Pacific Economic Cooperation bureau (SPEC). As well as its role in harmonising regional positions on various political and policy issues, the Forum Secretariat has technical programmes in economic development, transport and trade, and chairs the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP).

New Zealand and especially Australia are massively larger and wealthier than the other small, poor, and in some cases outright impoverished island nations that make up the rest of the forum. The two nations are the source of most of these countries' foriegn aid, and in Papua New Guinea (in Bouganville) and the Solomons have recently conducted peacekeeping/stabilization military operations.

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