Gathering of Pacific island nations leaders next week in Majuro

Bernadette Carreon – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Wellington, New Zealand (4E) – Climate change and Fiji will be high in the agenda as leaders from Pacific island nations gather in the Marshall Islands next week for the Pacific Islands Forum.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key will be part of the forum.

He says climate change will be a major theme, as will Fiji’s plans to restore democracy and hold elections next year.

The Pacific Islands Forum is a political grouping of 16 independent and self-governing states.

Members include Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshal Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

New Caledonia and French Polynesia, previously Forum Observers, were granted Associate Membership in 2006. Forum Observers include Tokelau (2005), Wallis and Futuna (2006), the Commonwealth (2006), the United Nations (2006) the Asian Development Bank (2006), Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (2007), the World Bank (2010), the ACP Group (2011), American Samoa (2011), Guam (2011) and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (2011), with Timor Leste as Special Observer (2002).

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