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UK highlights climate change threat at Pacifics Forum

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire will put climate change at the top of his agenda as he represents the UK at the Pacific Islands Forum.

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The Forum is comprised of sixteen member states from the Pacific region and will be hosted this year by the Republic of Marshall Islands from 5 - 6 September. The UK is participating as a Forum Dialogue Partner. The theme of this year’s forum is “Marshalling the Pacific Response to the Climate Challenge”. The Minister will also deliver an address at the Pacific Forum Dialogue.

During his visit Mr Swire will be co-launching an event on climate diplomacy with the Republic of Marshall Islands, together with the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

He said:

This will be my first visit to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. I am delighted to have the opportunity to meet representatives from so many Pacific Island countries, many of whom are Commonwealth allies. I pay tribute to the Pacific Island Forum’s hosts, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, for selecting climate change as this year’s theme. The United Kingdom is at the forefront of global action to tackle climate change and I look forward to deepening our cooperation with Pacific partners in this area.

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Published 4 September 2013