MissionObjectives The main objective of the Agreement is to encourage and strengthen international cooperation in promoting the economic and social welfare and advancement of the peoples of the South Pacific region. The Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) vision for the region is that of a secure and prosperous Pacific Community, whose people are healthy and manage their resources in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable way. The SPC’s activities are not restricted to fisheries and also cover agriculture and plant protection, climate change, forestry, biosecurity and trade, genetic resources, human development, education, health information and cultural changes. Functions The SPC's work programmes aim to develop technical assistance, professional, scientific and research support and planning and management capability building. The SPC’s mandate allows it to work on a variety of issues that concern its member countries. The focus of the SPC’s work can and does change over time in response to evolving regional needs and collaborative arrangements with other regional organizations.
The goal of the Division of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME), in line with the priorities of member countries and territories is: the marine resources of the Pacific Islands region are sustainably managed for economic growth, food security and environmental conservation. The division focuses on fishery-induced threats to marine resources, while taking account of broader ecosystem management principles. The FAME division has two main work programmes :
SPC area of competence - High seas, National watersSpecies and stocks coverage Reef, coastal and oceanic fishery resources including tuna species. Legal framework Established by the so-called Canberra Agreement signed by Australia, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America in Canberra, Australia, on 6 February 1947, entered into force on 29 July 1948, amended in 1952, 1954, 1964 and supplemented by Protocols of understanding in 1974 and 1976. http://www.spc.int/mrd/asides/canberra.htm LanguagesFrench, English. Organizations involved SPC programmes benefit 22 Pacific Island countries and territories:
The designations employed and the presentation of material in the map(s) are for illustration only and do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal or constitutional status of any country, territory or sea area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers or boundaries.
American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fed.States of Micronesia, Republic of Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Is., Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna Is..
The 26 members of the Pacific Community include the above island countries and territories, plus the four remaining founding countries: Structure The Secretariat is a consultative and advisory body to the participating governments in matters affecting the economic and social development of the countries and territories of the Pacific Islands, and the welfare and advancement of their peoples. All members are represented on the governing body, the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA), which meets annually, and the South Pacific Conference which meets every two years. Governing bodies