HMS Prince of Wales is hosting a summit with UK allies to discuss technology, cyber, climate change and the Indo-Pacific.
The forum was originally conceived as the Atlantic Future Forum and has, since its inception in 2018, been hosted by the First Sea Lord on the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth. Since then the forum has been convened annually, hosted alongside Annapolis in 2019 and HMNB Portsmouth in 2020.
Lord Sedwill has been its Chairman since 2020.
According to this Ministry of Defence news release:
“PFF provides a platform for the UK to meet with allies and partners to drive collaboration with an eye toward resolving challenges of the future, from advances in technology and cyber to the impact of climate change.
Following the recent Atlantic Future Forums, this year’s conference theme looks eastwards and builds on the ambition outlined in the Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper to increase our presence and engagement in the Indo-Pacific.
Over the two-day summit, the comprehensive agenda includes expert panels and keynote speeches, to help foster deeper relations in the Indo-Pacific to support shared prosperity and regional stability, with stronger diplomatic and trading ties.”
Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said:
“The Indo Pacific will soon represent over 40 per cent of global GDP and is increasingly important to the UK. Building on our strong partnership in the region is vital for long term security and prosperity.
The Pacific Future Forum provides a fantastic platform to discuss the future and did so on board one of the Royal Navy’s fantastic platforms of the future As the joint largest and most technically advanced warship ever built for the Royal Navy, HMS Prince of Wales provides a great backdrop to showcase the best of British innovation in the defence and security sectors.”