The Fourth France-Oceania Summit was held for the first time in Paris from 25-26 November 2015. The Summit brought together Leaders and Representatives of Pacific Island Forum Countries and Territories to discuss a wide spectrum of issues of mutual interest ranging from Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Oceans, Training, Trade, access to funding, to membership in the regional organizations.
convening of the Summit was significant and timely as it was held on the
eve of the Leaders' Event to build political momentum towards the Paris
Climate Conference. Climate change has been coined as the greatest
challenge of our time and an existential issue for many Pacific Island
Countries. There was much expectation for an ambitious Paris Agreement
on climate change that will meet the needs of the Pacific people.
The Leaders and Representatives of the Pacific Island Forum
Countries and Territories adopted a Declaration at the end of the Summit
reaffirming the need to strengthen cooperation and improve dialogue. The
Declaration can be found on the PIO website.
President Peter M.
Christian was joined at his first France Oceania Summit by Secretary of
Foreign Affairs Lorin Robert, Secretary of Justice Joses Gallen and
Ambassador Jane Chigiyal.