PIDP's Role as Regional Secretariat
Since its inception as a Regional Organization, the Pacific Islands Development Program has served as the Secretariat to the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders (PICL). The PICL meets every 3-5 years to discuss issues of concern to the Pacific Islands nations and territories.
2017 PICL Meeting
2017 Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders meeting at the East-West Center


Organizational Structure of PIDP

The organizational structure, as adopted by the Third Pacific Islands Conference in April 1990, contains the following elements:
  • Pacific Islands Conference
  • Standing Committee
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders

Pacific Islands Conference

The Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders (PIC) is made up of the 20 heads of government from the Pacific islands region.

Chair: Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, HE Peter O'Neill

Vice-Chair: Premier of Niue, HE Toke Talagi

Conference members include:

  • American Samoa
  • Cook Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • Guam
  • Hawai‘i
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands, Republic of the 
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Northern Mariana Islands, Commonwealth of the 
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee, originally included a smaller group of island leader and initially met every year to review the accomplishments of PIDP, discuss strategies and issues of concern to island nations, and prioritize PIDP activities. Currently the Standing Committee meets as a commitee of the whole when the full PICL is convened.

Official Observers

Secretariat of the PICL

As Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders and its Standing Committee, PIDP offers services to governments in the region including:

  1. Providing administrative support for and facilitating communication among members of the Pacific Islands Conference and its Standing Committee,
  2. Preparing reports and plans and convening meetings of the Standing Committee,
  3. Expanding collaboration at the regional level with members of the Committee of Regional Organization of the Pacific (CROP), formerly South Pacific Organisations Coordinating Committee (SPOCC), and
  4. Facilitating the ongoing activities of the U.S.-Pacific Island Nations Joint Commercial Commission, an initiative first proposed by U.S. President George Bush at the summit meeting of the United States and leaders of the Pacific island nations in October 1990.