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Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity & Security

News 28 Aug 2019

Amidst a 're-set', a 'step-up' and an 'uplift', the Pacific is at the heart of many other countries' geo-strategic issues as much as it faces its own pressures. Leaders and experts from and on the Pacific will be in abundance at the Pacific Futures conference in Auckland on 18 October.

The New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF), is holding this conference at the Novotel Hotel, Auckland Airport.

Executive Director of the NZ Institute of International Affairs Melanie Thornton says,

"Speakers will focus on factors influencing the Pacific's future and how various geostrategic changes taking place there are set against a backdrop of climate change and security concerns, migration and economic development."

The keynote address will be Rt Hon. Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs providing an update on the Pacific Re-Set policy and progress on the new funding boost of $700 million allocated to it. Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Afioga Fiame Naomi Mataafa, will also give a speech linking the issue of climate change and security.

There is also a focus on how youth are stepping into new leadership and economic roles that will help the region diversify and move forward. Pacific youth in particular are generating new models of leadership, new business opportunities and a raft of ways to assist their own countries with development.

Don Mann, Chief Executive of PCF says,

"PCF's vision is to promote connected, informed and enabled communities in the Pacific region. We congratulate Melanie and the team at NZIIA on the inclusion of regional thought leaders in this important discussion."

For more information and registration for the conference, visit the site here.

For enquiries please contact Melanie Thornton: 022 465 7539 or email: