Forum Chair to deliver Annual Forum Leaders’ Lecture

The Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Hon. Henry Puna, MP will deliver the 2012 Annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Lecture at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, in Suva, Fiji, 5.00pm – 7.30 pm this Thursday 18 October.

The Annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Lecture follows on from the series of public lectures delivered by eminent Pacific Leaders with a focus on the Pacific Plan which were part of the activities to mark the 40th anniversary of the Pacific Islands Forum last year.

The theme of the Lecture to be delivered by the Forum Chair, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Hon. Puna is: “A new Optimism – A more Dynamic Pacific Plan”

“This year’s Lecture is of particular significance as the Forum prepares for a review of the Pacific Plan next year. The Annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Lecture gives an opportunity for Leaders to talk about some of their experiences and challenges in implementing the Pacific Plan which was endorsed in 2005 and also their vision for the future of the region,” Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat said.

“As the Forum Leaders’ Secretariat we are very privileged and honoured that the Forum Chair has accepted our invitation to deliver this address so soon after becoming Chair in August this year,” said Mr Slade.

“The Secretariat acknowledges the assistance from the AusAID-funded Pacific Leadership Programme towards hosting the Lecture.”

The Lecture will be held at the Forum Secretariat’s Conference Centre and will be Live Streamed on the Secretariat’s website:


For media enquiries contact Ms Mue Bentley Fisher the Forum Secretariat’s Communications Officer on phone:679 331 2600, Mobile: +679 9998677, email:, or Mr Johnson Honimae, phone: 679 331 2600, Mobile: 679 8324277, email:

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