Commonwealth Secretary-General to attend PIF Leaders Meeting in Vanuatu

08:15, August 02, 2010      

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Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will attend the 41st Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Meeting in the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila on August 3-6.

He will address delegates at the summit which opens on August 4. The annual event is a major regional political meeting of Pacific leaders discussing issues and strategies for peace, stability, human security and socio-economic development.

"It is an honor for the Commonwealth to be invited regularly to address leaders at their annual summit, and an important part of the strong and close relationship between the Commonwealth and the Pacific region. The Commonwealth's relevance and practicality derive from regular contact, dialogue, and flexibility. So the Forum is also an opportunity to ensure that the Commonwealth continues to deliver the support required by our Pacific members for their continued development," said the secretary-general in a media statement.

The theme chosen by Vanuatu for this year's PIF Meeting is " Navigating our challenges and opportunities together toward addressing the needs of the most vulnerable of our communities."

He said he will hold dialogue with Pacific leaders on their national and regional perspectives and priorities.

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