The Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) was established by the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in 1988 with the mandate is to improve cooperation, coordination and collaboration between Pacific inter-governmental regional organisations to work toward achieving the common goal of promoting sustainable development and alleviating poverty for the people of the Pacific.
CROP comprises the Executives of the inter-governmental regional organisations of the Pacific that include:
- Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO);
- Pacific Islands Development Programme (PIDP);
- Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (PIFFA);
- Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS);
- Pacific Power Association (PPA);
- Pacific Community (SPC);
- Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programmed (SPREP);
- South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO); and
- The University of the South Pacific (USP).
In 1995, Forum Leaders mandated the Secretary General of the Forum Secretariat to be the Permanent Chair of CROP. The decision was reaffirmed at the Special Leaders Retreat in April 2004. Leaders also mandated the ‘coordination role’ of CROP to the Secretary General. The Secretary General is responsible for the coordination role of CROP, the effective use of regional resources, and full and effective reporting to Leaders on CROP matters.
The CROP Executives as the principle means to achieve its mandate established the CROP Working Group Mechanism (CWGM) the mid-1990s. The CWGM provides the common platform through which CROP agencies can address key emerging and on-going regional priorities of cross-cutting nature that involve a number of CROP agencies in a collaborative and coordinated manner. The success of the CWGM ultimately relies on the collective commitment of CROP Executives to make it work.
Currently there are nine active CROP Working Groups:
- Health and Population;
- Human Resources Development;
- Information and Communications Technology;
- Land Resources;
- Marine Sector;
- Sustainable Development;
- Pacific Energy Oversight Group; and
- Working Arm on Climate and Disaster Resilient Development.
These Working Groups are responsible for collaboratively working on various regional projects and policy initiatives.