‘Galvanise collective action now’

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat's Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor during the opening of the 50th PIF Leaders Meeting in Funafuti, Tuvalu last night. Picture: AQELA SUSU

THE issues for consideration at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting seeks collective political consideration and development of an effective response to the current context set and Tuvalu’s theme.

This was highlighted by PIF Secretariat’s Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor during the opening of the 50th PIF Leaders Meeting in Funafuti, Tuvalu last night.

Ms Meg Taylor said Tuvalu’s theme underlies the inspiration and impetus for the consideration of a long-term strategy for securing the future and oceanic continent in the Pacific.

“To that end, and in promoting the fundamental principle of inclusivity for advancing Pacific regionalism, it is proposed that Leaders’ consider commissioning the development of a 2050 Blue Pacific strategy for consideration at the 51st Pacific Islands Forum in Vanuatu,” she said.

“Such a 2050 strategy would call on us to develop a clear vision for what we want for the future of Pacific regionalism. Do we want to realise an ocean continent? Are we content to let others divide us? Will we accept a future in which we are, as somebody recently described us, nothing but a vast emptiness of Pacific waters?”

She added that as the Pacific looked into the future, the purpose of such a strategy was to “galvanise collective action now”.

Leaders from 18 Member States of the PIF will convene at the Rt.Hon.Dr.Sir Tomasi Puapua Convention Centre in Tuvalu today for the Forum leaders meeting.

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