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Forum Chair’s Statement – On The Selection Of The Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General

I remain steadfast behind the Forum Leaders decision on
the appointment of the Honourable Henry Puna from the Cook
Islands as the next Secretary General.

This was a
consensus decision following an agreed process at our
Special Leaders’ Retreat on 3 February 2021.

We have
upheld our principles and values as characterised through
the Pacific Way. Central to our Pacific Way is our values of
the collective good, maintaining relationships, talanoa and
mutual respect.

In spite of the difficulty of the
discussion and the differing views, I am pleased that my
Colleague Leaders and I were able to dialogue and agree on a
process at our meeting to finalise this

The next Secretary General, Henry Puna,
is expected to take up his new position in April,

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