New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta will attend the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Suva, Fiji, alongside New Zealand regional counterparts.
“Aotearoa New Zealand is deeply committed to working with our Pacific whanau to strengthen our cooperation and share ways to combat the challenges facing the Blue Pacific Continent,” said Nanaia Mahuta.
The Forum is the central platform for Pacific countries to build consensus on issues of shared interest and importance such as climate change, regional security and ensuring they work together to maintain strong regional unity.
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“This meeting will be an opportunity to connect and discuss – as Pacific partners, kanohi ki te kanohi – how the region can continue to work together in response to the many pressures affecting Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, and so that Pacific priorities are supported and Pacific mana is improved,” said the minister.
“This will include agreeing a Strategy 2050 implementation plan for the Blue Pacific Continent – the North Star of our region, which will guide us as we work together and with our partners to secure the future of our region,” he continued.
The Forum is the central platform for Pacific countries to build consensus on issues of shared interest and importance
“A commitment that recognizes, encourages and reinforces Pacific leadership on regional security, climate ambition and climate resilience is also essential to maintaining strong regional unity and supporting security and prosperity, both in the Pacific and here.” , in Aotearoa New Zealand,” stated Nanaia Mahuta.
Nanaia Mahuta departs New Zealand on September 13. During her stay in Fiji, she will also hold bilateral meetings with the Forum’s Foreign Ministers and visit the Adi Cakobau School.