The Pacific Islands remain steadfast friends and neighbors of the United States and positive relations with the Pacific region are an enduring U.S. foreign policy priority. The United States has been a positive force for development throughout the region for over a century. The United States shares the same values and aspirations with its Pacific neighbors and our ties to the Pacific Island countries are deep and long-standing.
The United States is pleased to announce more than $30 million in U.S. assistance in the Pacific region. This assistance will support the Pacific Islands in improving climate adaptation efforts, increasing disaster preparedness, enhancing marine conservation and sustainable development, ensuring better health outcomes, addressing gender inequality and building better education opportunities for the Pacific, along with many other issues of concern.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s attendance at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Post Forum Dialogue—the first ever by a U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Secretary Jewell’s first international visit—demonstrates the United States’ commitment to partnering with the Pacific Island countries. Secretary Jewell and her delegation, representing the Departments of State, Interior, Homeland Security, Energy, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and U.S. Pacific Command are meeting with Island leaders to address shared challenges including climate change, renewable energy, environmental stewardship,gender inequality, health, economic development, education, and peace and security.
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