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The Communique of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum was officially released Monday by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. Annexed to the Commmunique is the Kainaki II Declaration for Urgent Climate Change Action Now.
On its release, Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor, noted the Communique and the Kainaki II Declaration, were significant guiding documents for the future of the region.
“The Communique outlines the Leader’s vision on a number of issue vital to the security and prosperity of our region, including a 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, a review of the regional architecture, maritime boundaries, issues of nuclear contaminants, and West Papua.
“The Leaders Retreat discussions were robust and frank and came at a time where a political discussion on the collective future of this region was absolutely necessary.
“Yes, the discussions were not easy and yes, they were very political, but this is why we have the Pacific Islands Forum – to facilitate the political discussions that will steer the future of our Pacific people,” said Dame Meg Taylor.
Building upon the 2018 Boe Declaration which identifies climate change as the single greatest threat facing the Pacific region, the Kainaki II Declaration acknowledges the climate change crisis faced by Pacific Island Nations.
“The Kainaki II Declaration is the strongest collective statement the Forum has issued on climate change. The Declaration provides a strong platform for the Pacific Islands Forum in advance of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit in September, where Pacific Leaders’ moral authority on the climate crisis is well recognised and respected,” said Dame Meg Taylor
In reflecting on the 50th Pacific Islands Forum, the Secretary General acknowledged the immense effort of the Government and people of Tuvalu in hosting the region over the past week.
“Tuvalu and its people have opened up their homes, their culture and their tradition with the region and indeed the world – the success of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum was due, in large part, to the collective hospitality of this island nation,” said Dame Meg Taylor.
The 50th Pacific Islands Forum and Related Meetings were held in Tuvalu on 13 – 16 August.
The Communique including the Kainaki II Declaration are available for download here https://www.forumsec.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/50th-Pacific-Islands-Forum-Communique.pdf
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