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Key outcomes from Pacific Islands Forum

By AAP Newswire

KEY OUTCOMES FROM PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM 2019

* Hosted by Tuvalu

* Attended by leaders of Australia, Cook Islands, Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Ministers from Niue, Palau, French Polynesia.

* "Leaders noted escalating climate change-related impacts, coupled with the intensification of geo-strategic competition, is exacerbating the region's vulnerabilities."

* Leaders endorsed the development of a 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, with a draft to go to the 2020 PIF meeting in Vanuatu.

* Strategy will consider social, cultural, environmental and economic integrity, sovereignty and security in order to "protect people, place and prospects of the Blue Pacific".

* Leaders are to seek a meeting with US President Donald Trump to discuss the "nuclear testing legacy" in the Pacific island nations and Marshall Islands.

* Separate statement was issued on climate change action, but was weakened after Australian intervention. Statement called for urgent action on reducing emissions to keep the world on the path to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, in line with the Paris Agreement.

* The watered-down climate statement only called for "reflection" on remarks made by the United Nations secretary-general on carbon pricing, and the transition away from fossil fuels and fossil fuel subsidies, but no firm call for countries to adopt such action.

* Fiji to host summit in 2021, Kiribati in 2022.