Jacinda Ardern at APEC

November 15, 2017

Jacinda Ardern has just completed her first summit as Prime Minister of New Zealand. She has been in Vietnam for the 2017 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

The 2017 Summit also marked the first time the US President Donald Trump participated in APEC, as well as South Korea’s Moon Jae.

Ardern made her mark early at the CEO Summit when she spoke about climate change being the greatest challenge facing this generation, and followed it up with a statement that small economies can take still responsibility for the planet and its environmental issues, challenging the mindset that small economies are powerless in the face of climate change. “No matter how small we are, we still have a role to play, as we all do,” she said before world leaders.

Ardern also said “Climate change is real. It’s happening now. This is not talking about what we do in the future, but the action that we have the potential to carry as leaders in the business community and the international environment. My challenge to you all is to join us on that journey and leave a legacy we can all be proud of.”

What is APEC?

  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
  • It was established in 1989.
  • An annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting is attended by the heads of government of all APEC members
  • The location of the meeting rotates annually among the member economies, and a famous tradition, followed for most (but not all) summits, involves the attending leaders dressing in a national costume of the host country.
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