Hon. Henry Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands:
"The Government of the Cook Islands and its people are both proud and honoured to host the 43rd Pacific Islands Leaders' Forum... I believe... that the occasion of this year's Forum presents an ideal opportunity for Leaders to build on the positions we adopted in Auckland (in 2011) as we move forward in promoting our sustainable development through both national and regional initiatives. I thus propose as the theme for the 43rd Pacific Islands Forum:
"Large Ocean Island States - the Pacific Challenge"