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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.

5 11, 2018

Forum aims to decarbonise Pacific Islands transport sector

2019-04-02T17:00:37+12:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, News from Melanesia, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , |

Reducing the 75 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions coming from the transport sector in the Pacific Islands, will be the focus of the Pacific Islands Transport Forum and Expo hosted by the University of the South Pacific (USP) as part of their 50th anniversary from 8 – 10 November 2018.

22 10, 2018

Ocean management, conservation common themes by Pacific leaders at UN

2018-10-22T16:23:00+12:00October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Resilience|Tags: , , |

The need for urgent collective action to sustainably manage, use and conserve the Blue Pacific oceanic continent and its resources was a recurring theme raised by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders both at the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Nauru, and at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York held in late September. In her

15 10, 2018

Pacific leadership: Are we seeing a changing of the guard?

2018-10-15T16:01:47+12:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Large Ocean States, Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities|Tags: , , , |

By Dr TRANSFORM AQORAU* The ceremonial changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is a tourist attraction for people form all over the world. It is wonderfully atttactive and captivating occasion. Dr Transform Aqorau Photo: In our beautiful Pacific Islands region, we too are going through a changing of the guards

15 10, 2018

Pacific perspectives are game-changers in regional geopolitics

2018-10-17T14:54:25+12:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Identities, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , , |

By MAKERETA KOMAI* When I was approached to speak on the topic ‘Australia and China in the Pacific, I wondered why there was interest in my views, particularly when there was already much public discussion and debate around the topic in the media in Australia, with all the views and opinions seeming to suggest

8 10, 2018

1.5 to stay alive: Reflecting on the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius

2018-10-15T16:55:26+12:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience|Tags: , , |

By KOSI LATU* Kosi Latu, SPREP Director General. Photo: SPREP As we are faced with darkness there is hope. Today a special report from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius was released. The messages within the report will generate both hope

4 10, 2018

Blue Economy about Pacific determining own agenda: Dame Meg

2018-10-05T08:05:16+12:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Large Ocean States, Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , |

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor, says the ‘Blue Pacific’ identity is about collective empowerment of Pacific people to determine their own development agenda. Dame Meg made the comment in Suva on 27 August 2018 at the University of the South Pacific’s Research Week. “The Blue Pacific is about

20 09, 2018

Pacific Catalyst will foster innovative fisheries policies and a new generation of leaders

2018-10-15T16:50:58+12:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Resilience|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A consortium of educators and international policy experts aims to develop and inspire a new generation of fisheries leaders across the Pacific Islands region. Pacific Catalyst is a partnership of the University of the South Pacific, the University of Wollongong, Duke University, iTunaIntel and Environmental Defense Fund. Dr. Transform Aqorau, former deputy director of

15 09, 2018

The implications for a Pacific Blue Economy and the vital role of civil society organisations

2018-10-15T15:52:46+12:00September 15th, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, News from Pacific Regional NGO (PRNGO) Alliance, Pacific Civil Society|Tags: , , , |

By JAMES SLOAN* Pacific Island Countries (PICs) have legal rights to and within enormous ocean areas. These legal rights are, to a large extent, provided by operation of international law and are codified in the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC). The LOSC is often referred to as a

22 08, 2018

Prime Minister of Samoa speaking on the Blue Pacific at Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat – August 2018

2018-10-01T12:16:34+12:00August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, News from Polynesia, Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News, SUNGO|Tags: |

As Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, #Samoa has spoken a lot about the the #BluePacific. Last year's Communique from Forum Leaders says the #BluePacific is about Pacific people. Populations across our ocean of islands, who recognise their needs and potential, who plan and own their future, and

13 08, 2018

A Pacific petition launched for better development outcomes published

2018-10-15T17:28:56+12:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Civil Society, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , |

The Pacific Network On Globalisation (PANG) is calling on Pacific civil society and individuals to support a petition that is calling on Pacific governments to ensure upcoming negotiations with the European Union support self-determined national and regional priorities. The petition calls to Pacific leaders to ensure that the upcoming negotiations

13 08, 2018

Eight more Tahiti nuclear compensation claims accepted

2018-10-01T12:16:34+12:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Large Ocean States, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News|

A French Polynesian anti-nuclear group has been advised that eight compensation claims lodged over the French atomic weapon tests have been accepted. The Association 193 told a news conference in Tahiti it had been encouraged by the response from the commission charged with assessing claims for poor health. The

9 08, 2018

Blue Pacific is a powerful narrative to call us together

2018-10-01T12:16:34+12:00August 9th, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities, Pasifika Rising News|

Building a Strong Pacific: Our People, Our Islands, Our Will Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers have underlined their commitment to collective diplomacy and enhanced action regional security arrangements to build a stronger region for Pacific people. Forum Members engaged in wide ranging discussions centred around how the region can

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