Pacific Small Island States leaders have met in Palau to seek synergies on how to address their most important pressing common challenges.
The SIS group is made up of Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau and Tuvalu, while the federated States of micronesia attended as observer.
The Marianas Variety reports that the meeting was first of the SIS group outside of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' meetings.
The main discussion items were climate change financing, adaptation and mitigation; labor mobility, fighting non-communicable disease, fisheries surveillance and revenues and transportation service agreements.
The Pacific Forum Secretary General Meg Taylor said the meeting would consolidate the small island states' aspirations in a more strategic context.