France will participate in the 29th Post-Forum Dialogue of the Pacific Islands Forum as part of the 48th Leaders’ Meetings of this regional organization being held this week in Apia, Samoa, and bringing together heads of state and government from 16 countries of Oceania, as well as – for the first time as full-fledged members – executives from the governments of New Caledonia and French Polynesia.
It will be represented by Sébastien Lecornu, minister of state attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition.
The main topics of this year’s post-forum dialogue will be strengthening ocean governance in the Pacific and the blue economy, subjects with particular resonance for France, as two-thirds of its 11 million square kilometers of marine territory are in the Pacific. Mr. Lecornu’s speeches will consequently emphasize France’s wish to amplify the dynamic created with the Paris Agreement and to support initiatives promoting sustainable ocean development in a region that is bearing the brunt of the effects of climate disruption.
During his trip, the minister will also discuss climate and environmental issues with the heads of state and government of Oceania, especially the Global Pact for the Environment, which will be presented during the UN General Assembly a few weeks after the New York Ocean Summit and a few months ahead of the COP23, which will be held this year in Bonn and presided over by Fiji.