Though leaders from the region did not agree on all the matters they discussed during this week’s Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting, there’s one thing no one disputes: the people of the Cook Islands staged a spectacular event, writes Rachel Reeves.
The stunning island of Aitutaki co-hosted the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting for the second time, their first being in 2012, welcoming regional leaders this week for their retreat in the island’s picturesque lagoon.
Nauru President David Adeang’s abrupt departure from the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting may have been a case of misunderstanding, says Forum chair and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown.
Protesters who implored Pacific Islands leaders to condemn Israel’s ongoing attack on Palestine are ‘hugely disappointed’ the issue was not raised during a five-day meeting between the region’s leaders in the Cook Islands.
Pacific Islands Forum Leaders chair and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown hopes that the leaders will leave Rarotonga this week with a deeper appreciation and shared understanding of what it means to speak out about the importance of and respect for ‘our voices, our choices, and our Pacific way’.
Former Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna will vacate the Pacific Islands Forum secretary general role at the end of his first term next year, after regional leaders agreed to hand over the role to controversial ex-Nauru president Baron Waqa.
Pacific Islands Forum Leaders chair and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown has reiterated the call for support from Leaders and Heads of Regional Agencies in the implementation of the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.
The simmering tensions among Pacific Islands Forum leaders over the appointment of the next Secretary-General has resurfaced as Nauru’s president abruptly departed the plenary meeting and declined to participate in the leaders retreat on Aitutaki.
The Punanga Nui Market has been recognised as a symbol of endurance, resilience, and hope. Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown, who also chairs the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders, highlighted the market’s significance, which he likened to the Pacific Partnerships for Prosperity.