Delegates have begun arriving for the Tarawa Climate Change Conference hosted by the Kiribati government.
The conference will be attended by 18 countries and six non-governmental organisations and discuss measures to cope with climate change challenges.
A senior policy advisor to office of the President, Andrew Teem, says the main part of the conference will be on Wednesday and is due to conclude with the adoption of an agreement, dubbed the Ambo Declaration, which will be taken to next month's UN conference in Mexico.
"The declaration will focus on those points that can be agreed upon in Cancun. We don't want to dwell on those issues that will not have any chance of being resolved in Cancun, and maybe come up with a set of concrete decisions that can operationalise these elements that we see."
Andrew Teem says funding and financing to address the immediate threats being faced by countries vulnerable to climate change will also be discussed.