The Pacific Community was established by a treaty, the Canberra Agreement, in 1947.
Our organisation’s governing body is the Conference of the Pacific Community, which meets every two years. Each member country and territory is entitled to one vote on decisions.
A committee of the Conference, the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA), meets annually. In years when the Conference does not meet, the CRGA is empowered to make decisions on governance.
In this way we are an organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of Conference and CRGA rotate every two years, in alphabetical order among the members. In the current cycle, the Chairperson is New Caledonia and the Vice-Chairperson is New Zealand.
The 10th Pacific Community Conference will take place in July 2017 at our headquarters in Noumea. The 47th meeting of CRGA is scheduled to take place in July 2017, back-to-back with the Conference.
The Audit and Risk Committee assists the governing body in overseeing our financial reporting process, internal controls, audit process, risk management, operational efficiency and legal and regulatory compliance. CRGA appoints this committee.
A new CRGA subcommittee oversees the implementation of the Pacific Community Strategic Plan 2016-2020. It met for the first time from in May 2016, in Noumea. The 12 members represented on the subcommittee are: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and United States of America. The subcommittee also includes a representative of the European Union and representatives of the SPC secretariat.
Following a Governance Review in 2014, our members agreed to nine overarching recommendations to strengthen our organisation’s governance processes. The review was steered by a Governance Working Group, composed of representatives from 10 members ? Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Solomon Islands and the United States of America ? and our senior staff.
Four of the nine recommendations have been fully implemented, and two have been partially implemented. Work is in progress on the three remaining recommendations, although there are constraints to their full implementation.