CRGA 49 and 11th SPC Conference - Noumea, New Caledonia, 17-21 June 2019

Ocean Science - A sustainable future for the Blue Pacific. Sciences océaniques : un avenir durable pour le Pacifique bleu

49th Meeting?of the?Committee of Representatives?of Governments and Administrations


11th Conference of the Pacific Community


Representatives of the 26 countries and territories that govern the Pacific Community (SPC) will gather?in Noumea, New Caledonia, from 17 to 21?June 2019?for the 49th meeting of the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations and the 11th Conference?of the Pacific Community.

This will be a?“paper smart” event, consistent with SPC’s environmental policy.

The Conference of the Pacific Community is?SPC’s governing body and?meets every two years. In years when the Conference does not meet, the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) is empowered to make decisions on governance issues.

CRGA also has three sub-committees that report to it: the Sub-committee on the implementation of the Strategic Plan, the Pacific Board for Educational Quality and the Audit and Risk Committee.

The terms of reference for those committees and all SPC’s governance documents can be found in The Pacific Community Governance Compendium.


This session is highly recommended for all CRGA representatives, and will be facilitated externally.


These interactive sessions will demonstrate to all CRGA representatives and development partners some of the key areas of technical work that teams conduct in member states.


2019 corporate overview report, including:

  • Update on Pacific Community achievements and priorities
  • Update on programming ? Implementation of CRGA 48 decisions
  • Learning and innovative opportunities in SPC
  • Update of CRGA out-of-session approvals
  • Staff Representative Committee’s report

Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science (PCCOS)

Refer to Paper 3

a. Report from the PBEQ – a CRGA Sub-committee
The Pacific Board for Educational Quality (PBEQ) report to CRGA?

Refer to Paper 4.1

b. Update on Youth High-Level Dialogue Outcomes
Pacific Youth Development Framework

Refer to Paper 4.2

Report from the CRGA Subcommittee on Strategic Plan Implementation

Refer to paper 5.1


Item presented by the Secretariat and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

  • CROP Cohesion and Coordination, including regional governance and finance (refer to paper 6.1)
  • Implementation of SIS Leaders’ Strategy (refer to paper 6.2)?
  • Audit and Risk Committee report (paper 7.1)
  • 2018 Audited Financial Statements (paper 7.2)
  • Financial Performance Review 2019 based on approved 2019 budget (paper 7.3)
  • ?Financial sustainability, and an update on the review of members’ assessed contributions and host country grants (paper 7.4)
  • Report on Human Resources (paper 7.5A)
  • Update on changes to the Staff Regulations?(paper 7.5B)
  • Remuneration report?(paper 7.6)

Permanent Observer applications from European Union and Germany - for consideration (Paper 8)


Director-General’s Performance Assessment?(Paper 10.1)

Recruitment of Director-General (Paper 10.2)

  • Report from the Chair of the Selection Advisory Committee

Words of welcome: Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General
Statement by outgoing: President of the Government of New Caledonia
Statement by incoming: Prime Minister of the Cook Islands


09.45–10.00: Keynote address: Honourable Henry Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands

10.00–10.15: Presentation of the theme

  • Ms Tepaeru Herrmann, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cook Islands
  • Dr Audrey Aumua, Deputy Director-General (Suva) SPC

10.15–11.15: Discussion on the theme:

  • Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa
  • Ambassador Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
  • Professor Gilles B?uf, Lead French Scientist

11.15–12.30: Discussions (to be moderated by a representative of the Cook Islands)

(Conference Paper 1)


(Paper 2)

(Paper 3)


(Paper 4)


(Paper 5)

(Paper 6)

Session papers for CRGA and Conference have been provided to SPC members. If you are a registered participant and have not received session papers please contact us here to receive secure link.

Media are welcome to be present for the opening of Conference on Friday from 0830-0900, and for the thematic session from 0930-1200.?The opening session will also have a tape delayed stream on?SPC’s Facebook platform.

Media who are currently on the SPC contact list will be provided with video and photo material throughout the week.

Requests to be added to our contact list, for support in arranging interviews or other information support should be directed to: [email protected].


11th Conference Keynote address?by the Honourable Henry Tuakeu Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands:?

11th Conference?Address by Ambassador Peter Thomson, UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean:?


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