New Caledonia has hosted the headquarters of the Pacific Community in Noumea since 1949.
We have some 200 staff at our headquarters including our Director-General and Deputy Director-General (Noumea). It is the base for several divisions and programmes, namely: Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Programme; Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division; Public Health Division; and Statistics for Development Division.
It also houses various corporate support services teams: Communications; Finance; Human Resources, Information Services; and Strategy, Performance and Learning.
Our facilities include a laboratory where our scientists examine specimens of tuna and other fish species, and store them for reference by scientists around the world. Our Pacific Marine Specimen Bank contains some 82,000 specimens of tuna and other species, stored frozen or dried. The oldest stored sample is a marlin spine from 1984.
Our iconic Jacques Iékawé Conference Hall is a magnificent venue where we host many technical and scientific meetings as well as our regular members meetings, including the biennial Pacific Community Conference.
Our original headquarters site in Noumea was a building nicknamed The Pentagon, located at Ansa Vata several hundred metres from the waterfront location where our headquarters have stood since 1995.