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Thursday 14 September 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National, Pacific Islands, Regional


Climate, gender, ocean and 2050 on agenda as  Mark Brown chairs Foreign Ministers Meeting
Prime Minister Mark Brown.

Prime Minister Mark Brown will attend the Forum Foreign Ministers meeting in Fiji this week.

As the host Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Rarotonga in November, Brown is also chair of the Foreign Ministers Meeting.

The leaders will focus on one of the key priorities which will be implementation plan of the 2050 Strategy.

This five-year implementation plan is scheduled to be endorsed at the upcoming Forum Leaders meeting in November.

In line with the 2050 Strategy, Ministers will deliberate on global and regional strategic trends and dynamics, the climate crisis, and a revitalised gender equality declaration.

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, in a statement, said this will include the region’s key engagement and advocacy priorities, including the preparation for the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) and US-PIF Summit, the upcoming Forum Leaders Meeting, COP28, and the release of treated Fukushima nuclear wastewater by Japan into the Pacific Ocean.

Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Henry Puna said: “The Forum Foreign Ministers will also consider the Outcomes of recent Ministerial Meetings, including the Pacific Islands Forum Women Leaders Meeting, the Forum Economic Ministerial, and the Forum Fisheries Ministerial Meeting of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), so on top of the work programmes around the 2050 implementation and international engagement and advocacy, there is much work to do.”

The meeting will be held on September 15.

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