South Pacific – Australia-France-New Zealand cooperation (Nouméa, 20 to 23 October, 2015)

Australia, France and New Zealand, which are facing common challenges in a shared space, the South Pacific, extending over nearly 2 million km², jointly hosted an interministerial seminar from October 20 to 23, 2015 in Nouméa (New Caledonia).

The seminar focused on ways to cooperate more effectively with each other on concrete issues, such as the fight against illegal fishing and the illegal exploitation of natural resources, the safeguarding of protected areas, the use of new technologies such as satellite surveillance and improving the safety of navigation and large-scale rescue.

This seminar is unique in that it brought together all interministerial stakeholders from our three countries and invited participants from the industrial and scientific world and from civil society, as well as our partners from the Pacific Islands, international organizations (the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the EU) and Americans. It brought together almost 90 high-level participants for six work sessions.