潘基文是聯合國首位參加年度太平洋島國論壇(Pacific Islands Forum)的首長，論壇今年在懷赫科島舉行，此地可由奧克蘭搭乘短程渡輪抵達。
東加總理 Lord Tu'ivakano說，「東加政府對這項援助十分感謝，這將有助於東加在2012年以前，達成減少50%石化燃料使用的目標。」
美國在8日上午於太平洋論壇上簽署了一項氣候變遷協議。美國副國務卿 Thomas Nides 簽署的這份文件，承諾美國與太平洋共同體秘書處以及南太平洋區域環境規劃組織(Pacific Regional Environmental Programme)之間將有更好的合作關係。
澳洲總理Julia Gillard 在8日宣布，澳洲承諾撥款2億給太平洋島國，解決教育、衛生與環境問題。
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the leaders of Pacific island nations Wednesday issued an urgent call for international action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as climate change endangers the security, well-being and livelihoods of the peoples of the region.
Ban is the first United Nations chief to attend the annual Pacific Islands Forum, held this year on Waiheke Island, a short ferry ride from Auckland.
Before arriving in Auckland, Ban stopped on the low-lying island nation of Kiribati (KIRR-i-bas), describing it as being at the "front of the frontlines" on climate change as melting ice caps and glaciers cause sea levels to rise.
The South Pacific leaders urged "an ambitious reduction of greenhouse gas emissions sufficient to enable the survival and viability of all Pacific small island developing states," says a joint statement issued Wednesday by the Secretary-General and the leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum - marking the Forum's 40th anniversary.
Jimmie Rodgers, director general, Secretariat of the Pacific Community said, "The impacts of climate change are more pronounced in the Pacific Small Island Developing States. For many of their citizens, climate change touches and impacts their lives on a regular basis. For them it is about how food security can be sustained, how health is protected, how education is enhanced, how safe water supply is safeguarded, how coastal areas are protected, how human settlements are climate proofed and how the impact of high water surges and flooding are reduced."
Reducing the region's reliance on expensive fossil fuels and the promotion of renewable energy will be high on the list of forum leaders' talks, which continue through Saturday.
The host country, New Zealand, will fund construction of one megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant in the island nation of Tonga.
Tonga's Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano said, "The Tongan government is grateful for such assistance, which will contribute to Tonga's target of reducing fossil fuel use by 50 percent by the end of 2012."
The United States signed a climate change agreement for the Pacific at the Forum on Thursday morning. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides signed the document, which pledges better cooperation between the United States and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme.
The agreement is intended to strengthen the capacity of the Pacific Island countries to improve food and water security, to protect critical ecosystems and to access information about climate impacts for more effective and sustainable decisions.
Nides is leading the largest and highest-level U.S. delegation ever to participate in the Pacific Islands Forum. The delegation includes senior officials from the White House, departments of State, Defense, Commerce, the United States Agency for International Development, the Coast Guard, and the Peace Corps. The State Department says the delegation demonstrates "U.S. commitment to the security and economic prosperity of the Pacific."
The European Commission announced at the forum that it will make $17 million available to Papua New Guinea and East Timor to help combat climate change. This commitment falls within the overall seven billion euro contribution of Europe under the Fast Start financing program agreed at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009.
Speaking at the Forum, EU President Jose Barroso said, "Most countries in this region are the least responsible for global warming - indeed they are the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world - but the first to suffer its consequences."
"The combination of sea level rise, ocean acidification, coastal erosion, more frequent and devastating tropical storms and cyclones is rendering many of your islands and coastal zones wholly or partly uninhabitable," Barroso acknowledged.
"However," he reminded delegates, "the EU only represents 11 percent of global emissions, those responsible for the other 89 percent will have to engage much more. Just as we stood together to make this argument in Copenhagen and Cancun we must continue to encourage all our partners in Durban for a strong global engagement."
Australia pledged $200 million to Pacific Island nations to tackle education, health and environmental issues, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced today.
"Our challenge is to connect the dots among all the relevant challenges - climate change, energy security, food security, water security, infectious and non-communicable diseases, gender empowerment, and more," Ban said. "All these issues are connected. We must look at them in a comprehensive, integrated way."
The 42nd Pacific Islands Forum, held September 7-8, 2011, was attended by heads of state and government of Australia, the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu. The Republic of Vanuatu was represented by its Special Envoy. New Caledonia and French Polynesia attended the formal session as associate members. Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna, the Asian Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the United Nations, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, and the World Bank attended as observers.