On 13-16 August 2019 the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum held their 50th meeting. The theme, as chosen by their host and current chair Tuvaluan Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga, was ‘Securing our Future in the Pacific’. The leaders’ meeting of 2018 provides context for what transpired in 2019 and why it is significant.

An abandoned house that is affected by seawater during high-tides stands next to a small lagoon near the village of Tangintebu, South Tarawa, Kiribati, 25 May 2013 (Photo: Reuters/David Gray).
Image: REUTERS/David Gray

At the 2018 meeting in Nauru, all members of the Pacific Islands Forum signed the Boe Declaration on Regional Security. The Boe Declaration came from extensive consultations throughout the region. Climate change was elevated to the status of the ‘single greatest threat’ facing the region at the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting. This was continued into the final text that was accepted and signed at the leaders’ meeting in Nauru.

Please click here to read the full “Australia shows up in Tuvalu and trips over” article published at East Asia Forum, written by Griffith Asia Institute Adjunct Assoicate Professor, Dr Tess Newton Cain.