3 Mar 2011

Pacific Islands Forum marks 40th anniversary

2:32 pm on 3 March 2011

The Pacific Islands Forum is launching its 40th anniversary celebrations today with a lecture in Vanuatu.

It's the inaugural lecture in a series focussing on the agency's Pacific Plan.

The Plan, in place for the past six years, is an attempt to meet the challenges faced by Pacific countries through greater regional cooperation and integration.

Panellists for the first lecture include a former Vanuatu head of state, George Ati Sokomanu, who also headed the secretariat of the Pacific Community, and University of the South Pacific vice chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra.