The 52nd Pacific Islands Forum, currently being chaired by Prime Minister Mark Brown of the Cook Islands, is in full swing in Rarotonga, providing a dynamic platform for Pacific unity and cooperation. This ongoing event is addressing crucial regional challenges and fostering diplomatic relations in real-time.
In the lead-up to the official opening of PIFLM52, Prime Minister Brown engaged in a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from across the region. These meetings provided an opportunity to exchange views on shared challenges and to strengthen ties between Pacific nations.
Prime Minister Brown and Kiribati President Taneti Maamau discussed the ongoing impacts of climate change on Kiribati and the need for urgent international action. They also explored opportunities for collaboration on fisheries and maritime security.
In his meeting with Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano, Prime Minister Brown emphasized the importance of regional cooperation on climate change adaptation and resilience. They also reaffirmed their commitment to working together to protect the Pacific Ocean.
Prime Minister Brown and Federated States of Micronesia President Wesley Simina exchanged views on a range of issues, including economic development, education, and healthcare. They also discussed the importance of upholding democratic values in the Pacific region.
Prime Minister Brown and Nauru President David Adeang discussed the challenges faced by small island developing states (SIDS) and the need for greater support from the international community. They also pledged to work together to promote sustainable development in the Pacific.
Prime Minister Brown and Samoa Prime Minister Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening bilateral relations between Samoa and the Cook Islands. They also discussed a range of regional issues, including climate change, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable development.
Prime Minister Brown and Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr. discussed the importance of marine conservation and the need for sustainable fisheries management. They also explored opportunities for collaboration on tourism and cultural exchange.
Prime Minister Brown met with French Polynesia President Édouard Fritch to discuss air connectivity between the two countries, the Manatua cable project, and the upcoming Polynesian Leaders Group meeting.
🇨🇰 PM and Chair of the @ForumSEC the Hon. @MarkBrownPM met with 🇳🇺 Premier, the Hon. @PremierNiue and his delegation this afternoon in Rarotonga. The two discussed Smaller Island States, the Manatua cable, and the 2050 Implementation plan #PIFLM52 pic.twitter.com/3MTDwHjnuk— Cook Islands Foreign Affairs & Immigration (@CKI_MFAI) November 5, 2023
In a meeting with UNGA President Csaba Kőrösi, Prime Minister Brown and Cook Islands Foreign Secretary Tepaeru Herrmann discussed the expectations and ambitions for PIFLM52. President Kőrösi reaffirmed his commitment to protecting the homes, homelands, and heritage of small island states.
Pleased to join Prime Minister @MarkBrownPM and Cook Islands Foreign Secretary @TepaeruHerrmann for a discussion on the expectations and ambitions for #PIFLM52.— UN GA President (@UN_PGA) November 5, 2023
As President of #UNGA, I am committed to protecting the homes, homelands, and heritage of small island states. pic.twitter.com/6eTEPwporO
The 52nd Pacific Islands Forum is expected to be a productive and engaging event, as leaders from across the region come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Pacific today. The forum will also provide an opportunity for Pacific nations to strengthen their ties and work together to build a more sustainable and prosperous future for all.