Vanuatu will be hosting the 51st Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders' Meeting, which will be held in early August 2020, directly after its 40th independence anniversary.
This will be the second time Vanuatu has hosted the Forum, with the previous occasion being in 2010.
This year's event will be centred around the theme: “One Blue Pacific – Investing in a shared climate resilient future founded on human dignity and wellbeing”.
Vanuatu believes that with the climate crisis being the single greatest threat to securing the shared future of the Blue Pacific, it is incumbent on all PIF members to accelerate action towards achieving zero carbon emissions, and addressing the devastating loss and damage already being experienced within the region.
Why “One Blue Pacific?” Vanuatu is firmly of the view that while “Oceans” are on the frontline of the devastating consequences of the climate emergency, they are also a key part of the solutions required to ensure the region remains resilient and sustainable going into the future.
As host, Vanuatu will seek to build on the agreements made in the Boe Declaration, the Kainaki II Declaration, the UN SG's Climate Action Summit and UNFCCC negotiations, and mandate the development of effective, time-bound, collective commitments that can be transparently measured and tracked within our region.