(Busan, South Korea) South Korea will hold its 1st Korea-Pacific Summit with member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum on May 29th.  It is also the first multilateral summit to be held in South Korea since the inauguration of the Yoon Suk Yeol government.

Themed “Voyage to Co-prosperity: Strengthening Blue Pacific Cooperation, “the leaders will “discuss ways to expand practical cooperation between South Korea and the Pacific islands nations and strengthen cooperation,” according to the South Korean Foreign Ministry.

The event follows the World Climate Industry Expo 2023 Leaders’ Summit, which will be held on May 27th.  Here the country representatives will address climate change action around the theme of “Global Cooperation and Solidarity in Response to Climate Change in the Marine Sector,” specifically in two sessions focused on “shipment decarbonization for a better ocean,” and the second session will discuss “sea conservation and climate change.”

South Korea will also showcase its bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Busan to the Pacific Island leaders with a tour of the 2030 World Expo site. 

Invited members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) include the 14 Pacific islands (Cook Islands, Micronesia Federation, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu), two French self-governing territories (French Polynesia, New Caledonia), Australia and New Zealand.

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