30 Sep 2013

Forum head says organisation must keep evolving to stay relevant

4:02 pm on 30 September 2013

The Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum says the organisation knows it needs to keep evolving in order to stay atune to the region's changing dynamics.

Speaking while in New York for the UN General Assembly, Tuiloma Neroni Slade says Pacific leaders still consider the Forum the premier grouping for regional political decision-making.

But he accepts that regional power shifts and the sub-regional groupings being established have implications for the Forum.

"I think it needs to be awake to all these changes. I think there is general acknowledgement amongst the leaders that governance is not the business of governments alone."

Tuiloma Neroni Slade says that the Forum must continue to pay attention to the voices of civil society, the private sector, young people and the traditional structures that bind societies throughout the Pacific region.