28 Jul 2014

45th PIF summit to open in Palau

9:52 am on 28 July 2014

More than 300 delegates are expected in the Micronesian state of Palau for the 45th Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit, which opens on Tuesday.

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Photo: Pacific Islands Forum

This year's theme is the ocean, and issues expected to be canvassed include climate change and the sustainablity of the Pacific fishery.

Amelia Langford will be attending the meeting.

"In the lead-up to the Forum, Palau will host a panel of experts today focussing on the ocean theme. That panel will be followed by an event in the evening discussing the threat of invasive species to the region. On Tuesday morning, the Smaller Islands States leaders Meeting will be held and the Forum will be officially opened on Tuesday night. A leaders retreat will be held on Thursday, when a new Forum Secretary-General is expected to be named to replace Tuiloma Neroni Slade. At least three candidates have been put foward including from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands."