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2015 Forum Communique

An official report of the recent 46th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ meeting, more commonly known as the Forum Communique was released two weeks ago Thursday, 10 September 2015, in the Papua New Guinean capital of Port Moresby.

The Leaders in their Retreat deliberated on issues concerning the Pacific region which included Australia and New Zealand.

A total of twenty agendas covering various areas and issues were discussed in the retreat out of which two declarations were born, focusing on Climate Change and Strengthening Connections to Enhance Pacific Regionalism.

Read more: Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Declaration on Climate Change Action
Read more: The Hiri Declaration – Strengthening Connections to Enhance Pacific Regionalism

The Smaller Islands States Leaders Meeting held ahead of the Leaders Retreat also saw the birth of the SIS Leaders’ Port Moresby Declaration on Climate Change which strongly calls for a 1.5 degrees Celsius agreement for Paris .

Read the SIS Leaders Port Moresby Declaration on Climate Change

In total, the agendas include:
i. Framework for Pacific Regionalism
ii. Fisheries
iii. Climate Change
iv. Information Communications Technologies (ICT)
v. Cervical Cancer
vi. West Papua
vii. Hiri Declaration
viii. Regional Governance and Financing
ix. Forum Foreign Ministers
x. Ministerial Meetings
xi. French Polynesia
xii. Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands
xiii. Radioactive Contaminants in the Republic of the Marshall Islands
xiv. Strengthening the Post-Forum Dialogue
xv. Pacer Plus
xvi. Post-2015 Development Agenda/Sustainable Development Goals
xvii. Implementation of the Forum Compact
xviii. Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration (2012)
xix. Smaller Island States Leaders Meeting
xx. Civil Society Organization Dialogue

Leaders also endorsed that the 47th Pacific Islands Forum meeting in 2016 will be held in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Samoa, Nauru and Tuvalu will host the 2017, 2018 and 2019 forum meetings respectively.

2015 Forum Communique – download here

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Declaration on Climate Change

Hiri Declaration: “Strengthening Connections to Enhance Pacific Regionalism”

People’s life in the Pacific is a big laughing joke: Australian Minister of Immigration and Prime Minister Tony Abbott

The Betio Maternity Ward in Kiribati's capital is under threat from the March 2015 spring tide

The Betio Maternity Ward on Tarawa atoll – Kiribati’s capital is under threat from the March 2015 spring tide

While climate change is an issue that concerns the life and very existence of people in the Pacific Island nations, it is somehow a big laughing joke according to Australian Minister of Immigration Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Climate Change was a top agenda for Pacific Island leaders at the recently concluded 46th Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea where Abbott also joined.

The agenda, as anticipated, was greatly watered down by the Pacific’s very own ‘bigger brothers’ Australia and New Zealand resulting in a failure for the Pacific grouping to reach a strong and unified declaration to take to Paris.

And in only less than 24 hours after the forum, Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott upon returning to Canberra, laughed recklessly at a joke made by his fellow Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on the plight of Pacific Island people on climate change.

Ironically and oblivious to it, a camera with a boom microphone had captured the whole conversation which included the insensitive joke – which in essence, is a big slap to the faces of Pacific Island leaders who passionately pleaded for a declaration that will help save their people from the impacts of climate change at the recent forum meeting.

Watch video here: PM Abbott laughing recklessly at a joke made by fellow Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on the plight of Pacific Islanders on climate change

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Betio_Maternity_Ward_RIMAGES

The Betio Hospital was hit hard during the March 2015 Spring Tide causing it to be temporarily relocated to the Betio Sports Complex. The hospital has since resumed normal operations after the coastal area was fortified by slabs of concrete sea-walls