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The Pacific Community is an international development organisation owned and governed by its 26 country and territory members.

SPC regional development issues include climate change, disaster risk management, fisheries, food security, education, gender equality, human rights, non-communicable diseases, agriculture, forestry and land use, water resources, and youth employment.

The Pacific Community was founded in 1947 as the South Pacific Commission by six developed countries with strategic interests and territories in the region: Australia, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

SPC’s founding charter is the Canberra Agreement. In the aftermath of World War II, the six colonial powers which created the SPC arguably intended it to secure Western political and military interests in the postwar Pacific.

Two founding members, the Netherlands and Great Britain have since withdrawn from SPC as the Pacific territories they controlled either gained independence or the right to represent themselves in the organization.

Flag of Pacific Community

Pacific Community Flag
Flag of the Pacific Community

On 6 December 1999 during a conference in Papeete the Pacific Community, formerly the South Pacific Commission, adopted the present flag. The former flag featured on the blue field a white ring, being the lower right part replaced by a chain of small gold stars. Above the stars was a small white palm tree.

The current flag features a circle of stars, a star for each member of the organization, completed by an arch. The arch represents the secretariat that ties the countries together. Inside the circle figures an emblem consisting of sail, ocean and a palm tree. The sail and ocean symbolise linkage and interchange, while the sail itself represents a canoe and symbolises movement and change. The palm tree symbolises wealth. The colours intend to mirror the clear night skies of the Pacific, the dark blue field and the white stars. The turquoise sail, arch and lower wave symbolises youth and the island chains of the region.

Flags of SPC members​

Flag of American Samoa
Flag of American Samoa

Flag of Australia
Flag of Australia

Cook Islands Flag
Flag of the Cook Islands

Flag of Fiji
Flag of Fiji

France Flag
Flag of France

flag of French Polynesia
flag of French Polynesia

Flag of Guam
Flag of Guam

Kiribati Flag
Flag of Kiribati

Marshall Islands Flag
Flag of the Marshall Islands

Flag of the Federated States of Micronesia
Flag of the Federated States of Micronesia

Flag of Nauru
Flag of Nauru

Flags of New Caledonia
Flags of New Caledonia

Flag of New Zealand
Flag of New Zealand

Niue Flag
Flag of Niue

Northern Mariana Islands Flag
Flag of Northern Mariana Islands

Flag of Palau
Flag of Palau

Flag of Papua New Guinea
Flag of Papua New Guinea

Flag of the Pitcairn Islands
Flag of the Pitcairn Islands

Flag of Samoa
Flag of Samoa

Flag of Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands

Flag of Tokelau
Flag of Tokelau

Flag of Tonga
Flag of Tonga

Flag of Tuvalu
Flag of Tuvalu

United States of America Flag
United States of America Flag

Vanuatu Flag
Flag of Vanuatu

Flag of Wallis and Futuna
Flag of Wallis and Futuna

Find Out More about the Members of the SPC and their locations around the world, visit SPC Members Map

Flag of Pacific Community
Flag of Pacific Community

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