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Our sea of islands, a phrase popularised by the late Professor Epeli Hau’ofa, describes the ocean continent that connects us as Pacific islanders, provides livelihoods and sustains us. It is the Pacific’s greatest resource but it is under threat from myriad sources.

30 10, 2019

Discovering what the ‘Blue Economy’ means to Pacific communities

2019-11-13T17:04:33+13:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: DSE, Featured, Large Ocean States, Large Ocean States, News from Melanesia, News from Pacific Regional NGO (PRNGO) Alliance, Pasifika Rising News, Resources|Tags: , , , |

Raising Pacific Voices (RPV) has launched a research project on behalf of the Pacific Regional NGO Alliance (PRNGO) to listen to the voices of communities and community leaders in Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Tuvalu about what the ocean means to them. The 'Blue Economy' topic for research was selected by the

9 10, 2019

Reverend James Bhagwan: The ocean is our home

2019-10-09T11:16:59+13:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience|Tags: , , , , |

The General Secretary for the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) Rev. James Bhagwan was one of the keynote speakers at the Uniting Church in Australia President’s Conference in Fiji from 13-17 July 2019. In an interview reflecting his key themes, James shares how the Pacific is on a journey of self-determination, reclaiming itself as

5 09, 2019

Save Tuvalu, Save the World

2019-09-05T14:46:40+13:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Resilience|Tags: , , , , , |

Pacific Island countries have long recognised the climate crisis as the greatest threat to their futures. Drawing on the region’s strengths, values and a united Pacific voice, Pacific Island countries have sought to lead by example – making bold national commitments, playing a major role in international negotiations, and holding their bigger neighbours –

9 08, 2019

Rights over natural resources remains a concern as Pacific churches call for decolonisation of French Polynesia

2019-10-09T10:30:53+13:00August 9th, 2019|Categories: Large Ocean States, News from Polynesia, Pacific Identities|Tags: , , , |

The future and sovereignty of the people of Ma’ohi Nui/French Polynesia and their natural resources remains a concern as Pacific churches continue to push for the decolonisation process. The President of the Association Union Chretienne des Jeunes Gens, Tiare-Maohi Tairua, says: “We remain optimistic that a genuine process of implementation of these mandates will

9 08, 2019

Pacific leadership on climate change is necessary and inevitable

2019-10-09T10:01:00+13:00August 9th, 2019|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , |

By Katerina Teaiwa The office of Nei Tabera Ni Kai (NTK), a film unit based in the town of Taborio, in the small island nation of Kiribati, is a small concrete building situated two metres above sea level, 30 metres from the lagoon on one side and 45 metres from the ocean on the

25 07, 2019

‘Traditional knowledge needs to be at the heart of the Ocean Decade’

2019-07-25T12:20:59+13:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Large Ocean States, Pacific Identities|Tags: , , |

By SAMANTHA MAGICK, Islands Business Harnessing traditional knowledge of the oceans in a way that isn’t exploitative or tokenistic is emerging as a strong theme at a regional ocean meeting currently underway in Noumea. Scientists, policy makers and others with an interest in oceans management are meeting at the Pacific Community to plan for

9 07, 2019

Ocean governance for sustainability

2019-07-09T11:31:47+13:00July 9th, 2019|Categories: Large Ocean States, News from Pacific Regional NGO (PRNGO) Alliance, PANG|Tags: , , , |

By MAUREEN PENJUELI, Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) [The following article was first published in the Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2019 report.] Global powers and Pacific Island nations are racing to divide up the ocean's resources using the narratives of Blue Economy and Blue Growth to justify their exploitation. Technology advances make once-unfeasible seafloor

30 06, 2019

Enduring Colonisation: How France’s continuing control of French Polynesian resources violates the international law of self-determination

2019-10-09T09:18:08+13:00June 30th, 2019|Categories: Large Ocean States, Large Ocean States, Pacific Identities, Pacific Identities|Tags: , , , , |

The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG), Blue Ocean Law (BOL) and the Allard Law International Justice & Human Rights Clinic (IJHR) at UBC, has released a report highlighting how France’s ongoing control of French Polynesia’s natural resources violates the basic human right of self-determination. Entitled “Enduring Colonisation: How France’s Continuing Control of

20 06, 2019

Empowered, Included and Equal: Believe in Better

2019-06-20T16:07:10+13:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: Large Ocean States, News from Micronesia, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience|Tags: , , , , , , |

Yolanda Joab-Mori of the Federated States of Micronesia delivered a keynote address at the UN Economic and Social Council Youth Forum on 8 April 2019 in New York. Empowered. Included and Equal. It can be hard To relate to these words Words that are big and that are worthy of the pursuit to speak

9 06, 2019

Nuclear Testing and Racism in the Pacific Islands

2019-10-09T09:13:44+13:00June 9th, 2019|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience|Tags: , , , , |

By Nic Maclellan During the Cold War, between 1946 and 1996, the United States, United Kingdom, and France used Oceania as a laboratory for nuclear testing. The deserts and islands of Australia and the Pacific were perceived as vast, “empty” spaces, suitable for the testing of atomic bombs and thermonuclear weapons. More than

30 05, 2019

The Blue Pacific and the legacies of nuclear testing

2019-10-09T09:02:22+13:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Resilience|Tags: , , , , , , |

By Patrick Kaiku States in the Pacific islands are small in landmass and population. Their limited terrestrial resources and lack of comparative advantage are compounded by their remoteness from global centres of commerce. This obviously has impacts on the costs of doing business and integration into global trade relations. Their invisibility in international

29 04, 2019

Financing the future we need

2019-04-29T11:26:59+13:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Resilience|Tags: , , |

Building a resilient, inclusive and climate-just Asia Pacific By RAIJELI NICOLE and LAN MERCADO | Oxfam in the Pacific and Asia When the members and governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) meet in Nadi, Fiji on May 1-5 for its 52nd annual meeting, it will be a hugely symbolic moment for the climate

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