Henry Puna is to talk about ocean conservation, and about Cook Islands graduating to OECD developed nation status.
The address is to the Commonwealth Club of California, which describes itself as the United States’ oldest and largest public affairs forum. The Club presents more than 450 forums a year, on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy.
Tickets to the prime minister’s event range from $10 to $58 per person.
Ben Ponia, the chief of staff at the Prime Minister’s Office, confirmed Puna would be speaking at the event.
On its events page, Commonwealth Club of California is inviting public to attend the event “for a rare behind-the-scenes look at this island nation”.
It says Puna has “led the establishment of the world’s largest multipurpose marine reserve, Marae Moana, hailed as a major step forward for marine conservation.
“Additionally, on January 1, the Cook Islands will become the first South Pacific island nation to officially achieve developed nation status.
“It was under Prime Minister Puna’s premiership that the Cook Islands became, in November 2011, a founding member of the Polynesian Leaders Group, a regional grouping intended to cooperate on a variety of issues, including culture and language, education, responses to climate change, and trade and investment.”
Puna is expected to head to Abu Dhabi next for the World Future Energy Summit from January 13 to 16.