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Pacific Islands Forum Flag

Jul 08, 2017

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Overview

The Pacific Islands Forum is an inter-governmental organization that aims to enhance cooperation between the independent countries of the Pacific Ocean. It was founded in 1971 as the South Pacific Forum. In 1999, the name was changed; Pacific Islands Forum is more inclusive of the Forum's Oceania-spanning membership of both north and south Pacific island countries and Australia. It is an official observer at the United Nations.
The mission of Pacific Islands Forum is "to work in support of Forum member governments, to enhance the economic and social well-being of the people of the South Pacific by fostering cooperation between governments and between international agencies, and by representing the interests of Forum members in ways agreed by the Forum". 
It is a different organization that Pacific Community.

The Flag

Pavillons nationaux et marques distinctives also shows the flag of the South Pacific Forum: a 1:2 dark blue flag with a white canton (1/4 th of the flag) with the Forum emblem. The emblem is made of a dark blue disc partially 'munched' on its left, so that it looks like a Pacman moving to the flag fly - I regret I do not find better term to explain it. Crux Australis in yellow appears in the upper right part of the disc, two superposed yellow wavy lines lie in the bottom of the disc. In the Pacman's 'mouth' is a palm-tree in natural, with its trunk bending to the right. The trunk more or less figures the 'munched' perimeter of the disc.