WELLINGTON,12 AUGUST 2019 (NZ GOVT)—New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will attend the 50th Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu this week, the foremost annual meeting of Pacific leaders.
“The Government is lifting New Zealand’s strategic ambition and investment in the Pacific, through our Pacific Reset, and the Forum gives us the opportunity to progress collective action on significant issues that affect us all,” Prime Minister Ardern said.
“I will be listening to and discussing key Pacific issues frankly to encourage cooperation on shared regional challenges.
“With Tuvalu at the frontline of global climate change I look forward to progressing ways to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change so we have the strongest possible climate resilience across the Pacific.
“I’ll also raise women’s representation in leadership positions and throughout politics.
“The Pacific has the lowest proportion of women’s representation in national parliaments in the world – 8 per cent compared to a global average of 23 per cent.
“I also look forward to several side meetings with leaders from around the Pacific along with our Dialogue partners,” PM Ardern said.
Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said New Zealand has strong ancestral and genealogical ties to Pacific Island countries, and an enduring commitment to the region to ensure its beauty and resources are protected for future generations.
“As a Government with the highest number of Ministers of Pacific heritage, we share a collective ambition to stand with Pacific Island countries to amplify their voices on climate change so the world can take their fight seriously,” Sio said.
Tuvalu has set the theme for this year’s Forum as ‘Securing our Future in the Pacific’.
The Prime Minister will travel from 14 to 16 August, during which time Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will be Acting Prime Minister. (PACNEWS)