Twelfth Pacific Health Ministers Meeting

28-30 August 2017, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

The first Ministerial Conference on Health for the Pacific Island Countries was convened in Fiji in 1995, which resulted in the Yanuca Declaration, with the vision of "healthy islands" as the unifying theme for health promotion and health protection. Since then, 10 subsequent biennial meetings of the ministers of health have been convened to set the strategic direction on how best to improve the health of the Pacific people and to reflect on the Healthy Islands journey.

Further, the last Pacific Health Ministers Meeting (PHMM) in Fiji, which adopted the 2015 Yanuca Island Declaration on health in Pacific island countries and territories provided an opportunity to confirm that the Healthy Islands vision remains relevant in the Pacific. As an outcome of the meeting, the Ministers and representatives of the Pacific island governments reaffirmed their commitment to the Healthy Islands vision and set out specific approaches to guide the progress of the vision.

The meeting in Cook Islands in August 2017 will provide an opportunity to report on the progress of the Healthy Islands monitoring framework and reflect on the contribution of universal health coverage (UHC) to the Healthy Islands journey, share achievements and agree on the way forward for the realization of the vision.

The meeting will be hosted by the Cook Islands Government with secretariat support from the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Pacific Community (SPC).