Update: 1:16PM FIJI will co-host with Sweden the World Conference on Seas and Oceans in June next year revealed Prime Minister of Fiji, Voreqe Bainimarama.
In his address as chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIDF) to Pacific nation leaders this morning, Mr Bainimarama said during the summit, there would be vigorous discussion on the very lifeblood of the Pacific region.
"The ocean that weaves our islands together, the ocean that our ancestors sailed to reach our shores, that feeds us, that sustains our economies and is part of our culture.
"Our oceans are threatened, and with them all the life that depends on them. We must take action now, for ourselves and for our children's children."
Mr Bainimarama said this year's leaders summit was significant because the Chair would pass from Fiji to Solomon Islands, the first country to hold the chair besides Fiji.