3 Sep 2018

Pacific Islands Forum: Security, climate change top of agenda

From Morning Report, 6:13 am on 3 September 2018

Regional security and other pressing issues like climate change will be top of the formal agenda at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru this week. But leaders will also be confronted with the situation facing refugees in Australian-run camps on the tiny island, being detained just kilometres from the forum events. The Nauru government has already started a preemptive PR campaign, with its president blaming Australian advocates for the plight of the refugee children. New Zealand says it's an issue that will be raised at the Forum. New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison won't be there to hear it, he's sent his new Foreign Minister Marise Payne in his place. Jacinda Ardern will be there for one day only - she flies in early Wednesday morning for the leaders' retreat - considered the most important day of the forum - after which leaders will sign a new regional security declaration. On the agenda on Monday are formal and informal meetings between the Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Pacific leaders. He says Human Rights will be discussed at the forum.