28 Aug 2012

Pacific Small Island States leaders meeting now underway in Cook Islands

8:23 am on 28 August 2012

Leaders of the Pacific Small Island States are holding the first meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit.

The meeting, which involves leaders from Kiribati, Palau, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Niue, Nauru, is being chaired by the Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna, as the host country.

Leaders will discuss the impact of a review of the Pacific plan, climate change funding and gender issues.

The secretary general of the Forum, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, welcomed leaders, saying they represent the most vulnerable of the Forum members.

"Especially in the face of global forces affecting the environment and the sustainable economic development of your communities."

The secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Tuiloma Neroni Slade