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PRESS STATEMENT April 17, 2000


This year's South Pacific Forum meeting has been scheduled for October 30, 2000 in Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati.

The date was announced by the Secretary General of the South Pacific, Mr. Noel Levi, CBE, following advice from the Government of Kiribati, which is host for the 31st annual Forum.

The 2000 summit will also formally launch the change in name for the organization from the South Pacific Forum to the Pacific Islands Forum.

The series of Forum-related meetings begins on October 25th with a two-day session of the Forum Officials Committee (FOC). The FOC comprises senior officials from the member states who also form the governing body of the Forum's administrative arm, known as the South Pacific Forum Secretariat.

A formal opening of the Forum is set for October 28th, followed by the Forum Leaders Retreat on the 29th, where Leaders will consider key issues of concern to the region.

The formal session of the Forum on October 30th will endorse a 2000 Forum Communiqué outlining the Forum's position and decisions on these key issues.

The annual Post Forum Dialogue with the Forum's ten Dialogue Partners (Canada, People's Republic of China, European Union, France, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom and the United States of America) will be held November 1-2.

The Dialogue is the primary multilateral consultation vehicle between development partners and the region conducted at the ministerial level and covers a wide range of common issues, activities and programs.

The full program of meetings is:

October 25-26 Forum Officials Committee October 27 Briefings October 28 Official Opening October 29 Leader's Retreat October 28 Forum Formal Session October 31 Bilaterals November 1-2 Post Forum Dialogue

The Forum member states are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

For additional information, contact: Ulafala Aiavao at 

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