UN, EU to discuss rising sea threat to Australia, NZ - Emirates 24/7
Pacific leaders will highlight the threat that rising seas pose to low-lying nations at a regional forum in Auckland this week attended by the heads of the United Nations and the European Commission.
The annual Pacific Islands Forum, a 15-nation grouping usually dominated by Australia and New Zealand, has attracted a heavyweight guest list this year, partly because it occurs on the eve of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said he expected global warming to dominate talks at the September 5-9 summit in New Zealand's largest city.
New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said the forum's final day had been deliberately planned to coincide with the opening match of the Rugby World Cup as a way to attract more international guests to the Pacific summit.