Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM)
Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting is a summit-level meeting which has been held every three years since 1997. Leaders openly discuss various issues that Pacific Island Countries(PICs) are facing in order to build close cooperative relationships and forge a bond of friendship between Japan and PICs. The 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) was held in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan, on 22 and 23 May, 2015. At this summit, under the slogan of "We are Islanders - Commitment to the Pacific from Iwaki,

Implementation methodologies

Japan has steadily implemented cooperation and its commitments, inter alia by ODA. In order to follow-up and evaluate the implementation of the key PALM7 outcomes, as well as to start the preparatory process for PALM8, the third Ministerial Interim Meeting is planning to be held in 2016.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

At the PALM7, Government of Japan announced its aim to implement human resource development and people to people exchange of 4000 people Pacific Island Countries over the three years.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Government of Japan is leading preparation process through the meeting of the Chair of PIF (Pacific Islands Forum), Post Forum Dialogue and Ministerial Interim Meeting in this regard.


Government of Japan in cooperation with Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
May 2009
Islanders' Hokkaido Declaration(PALM5)
May 2012
Okinawa 'Kizuna' Declaration(PALM6)
May 2015
Fukishima Iwaki Declaration(PALM7)
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
500,000,000 USD
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Location: Since its establishment of this Meeting in 1997, totally seven meetings were held in several cities in Japan
Date of completion: N/A
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Kenichiro Tanaka, kenichiro.tanka@mofa.go.jp

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