Pacific leaders unite on climate change at South Korea Summit

Posted on 31 May 2023

On Monday, Pacific Island leaders came together in Seoul for the Korea-Pacific Island Summit, which was co-chaired by South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown.

The theme “Navigating towards Co-Prosperity: Strengthening Cooperation with the Blue Pacific”  
allowed for conversations of shared cooperation and enhanced collaboration between Korea and the Pacific Islands Forum in terms of sustainable development and climate change. 
Ahead of the summit, Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretary General Henry Puna said that it would provide an opportunity for “unprecedented momentum for global awareness and engagement on regional and national priorities.”
The summit is a “massive boost for recognition of our priorities, and our vision for the Blue Pacific Continent, endorsed by Forum Leaders as the blueprint for Pacific regionalism for the next three decades,” Puna said. “Forum Leaders see this as vital to addressing the challenges facing the Blue Planet, to planning and owning our development agenda, and to deepened climate resilience.”


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