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New Caledonia - Foreign Relations

Although international relations fell within the competence of the State, under the 1998 Noumea Accord New Caledonia would be able to conclude agreements with States in the region. The signature of a cooperation agreement between the Territory, the provinces and the Republic of Vanuatu has been a positive element in this respect. New Caledonia has become a fullfledged partner of the region.

The Regional Cooperation and External Relations Department reports directly to the President of the Government. It is responsible, in coordination with all departments of the government, the provinces and the state, to lead and monitor the actions related to the implementation of the regional policy defined by the President of the Government.

The service conducts and monitors cooperative actions with Pacific states and territories. It ensures the operational representation of New Caledonia in the multipartite political and technical entities of the zone and coordinates the involvement of other local institutions. It ensures the management and follow-up of New Caledonia's association with the European Union defined by its Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) status and coordinates the funds allocated to New Caledonia under the European Development Fund (EDF) or Union programs. it implements New Caledonia's economic cooperation actions in the region.

New Caledonia benefits from a decisive strategic position in the creation and strengthening of privileged partnerships that enable it to meet common regional challenges. Thanks to its special status, New Caledonia has a reputation and visibility in the Pacific region through its integration into various regional organizations. Fully invested alongside her neighbors in the development of the region, she participates in strategic decision-making for building a sustainable future in the Pacific. Its involvement in the definition of regional policy is based both on its full membership in the Pacific Islands Forum, the regional political organization and on its work within the main regional technical organizations (the Pacific Regional Program for the Pacific Islands). Environment and the Pacific Community).

Its regional policy also relies on privileged relations with Australia, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and Wallis and Futuna. Many activities are carried out in close cooperation and coordination with these countries and areas in the areas of research, culture, health, good governance, youth, education, economic development and Francophonie.

New Caledonia has close ties with its neighbours, particularly Vanuatu where it has had a cooperation agreement since 2002. The Government of New Caledonia also has a representative to New Zealand based out of the French Embassy in Wellington. Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Vanuatu each have a diplomatic presence in New Caledonia through their respective Consulates-General.

Australia is represented in New Caledonia by a Consul-General based in Noumea. Relations between Australia and New Caledonia are broad and historic, extending across a range of domains. In 2015, Australia celebrated its 75th anniversary of Australian diplomatic representation in New Caledonia. Australian and New Caledonia share much in common, foremost our interest in stability in the Pacific region.

Australia has interests in working with the New Caledonian and French authorities in New Caledonia in a range of areas including promoting greater trade and investment; cooperating on regional and natural disaster relief; defence cooperation including visits and joint exercises; combating security threats and transnational crime. Australia supports the Noumea Accord process to determine New Caledonia's future governance including for increasing autonomy and integration in the Pacific region.

In support of its external action, New Caledonia has four main budget allocations for the implementation of these actions: the Pacific Fund, the Cooperation Fund with Vanuatu, the Cooperation Fund with Wallis and Futuna. and the Bilateral Cooperation Fund.

New Caledonia is a member of many Regional technical organizations. She hosts the headquarters of the Community of Pacific (CPS), the principal of these organizations. In 2016, she became a full member of the Forum of Pacific Islands, the largest regional organization in the Political, this membership allowing it to take fully involved in the major regional decisions. In addition to the recent accession of New Caledonia to the International Organization of la Francophonie and acceded in 2017 to UNESCO.

In the development of its bilateral relations, the Government of New Caledonia maintains relationships with several neighbors, including Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand. It has engaged since 2016, an ambitious process of strengthen its political dialogue with these countries. Cooperation agreements have been concluded with the Vanuatu and New Zealand. They define the priorities for collaboration with these countries. Such agreements should be concluded by the end of 2016 with Australia and the Solomon Islands.

The Orientation Plan for the export support of New Caledonia, adopted in October 2017, defines the government's strategy in favor of a larger international projection of its economic actors.





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