The Smaller Islands States Leaders meeting kicked off the much-anticipated 47th Pacific Islands Forum summit which will end this Saturday.
The meeting included leaders from the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Tuvalu and the newly-included Federated States of Micronesia. Puna welcomed the host country to the Smaller Islands State (SIS) group in the pre-Forum caucus.
Key Small Islands States priorities at this year’s Forum include health, transport, climate finance, labour mobility and a range of maritime issues such as fisheries and deep sea mining.
Today, Puna will participate in the Pacific ACP Leaders Meeting followed by the official opening of the 47th Pacific Islands Forum.
He will be part of the Pacific Islands Forum Plenary Session tomorrow, followed by the Forum Leaders’ Retreat on Friday and the 28th Post-Forum Dialogue Partners Plenary Session on Saturday.
The Pacific Islands Forum is a political grouping of 16 independent and self-governing states.
They include Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. This year’s Pacific Islands Forum summit is being held under the banner Small and Far: Challenges for Growth.