Papua New Guinea has welcomed plans for the Pacific Islands to have its own division within the International Labour Organisation.
PNG hosted the Pacific tripartite high-level forum on climate change and decent work last week in Port Moresby.
According to PNG's former Labour Minister, regional ILO members have come away with a renewed approach on how climate change and natural disasters affect workers.
Also, Mire Kipefa said PNG is providing technical assistance for the Pacific's move to expand its ILO presence from a desk to a fully-fledged office.
"And the other [thing] is to detach ourselves from the ASPAG group, which is the Asia Pacific and the Middle East, and now ILO has given us the assurance that the pacific will be a group of its own, to air and voice a lot of regional concerns at the Geneva ILO conference every year."
At the Forum, Pacific Island countries signed a resolution towards signing a declaration for the Blue Pacific Big Ocean States (BPBOS).
This is to provide a consultative body which will co-ordinate common labour issues of the ILO Pacific Island Member States linked to the ILO agenda.