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Pacific islanders are faced with issues that have never before confronted us, from the impacts of climate change to that of globalisation. The new Pacific is being shaped by a generation of young leaders who are unafraid to express themselves and carve out a niche for the future.

9 10, 2019

Reverend James Bhagwan: The ocean is our home

2019-10-09T11:16:59+12:00October 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

19 09, 2019

Niu Pawa: What Climate Activism looks like in the Pacific

2019-09-19T17:10:25+12:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Written by ERNEST GIBSON – Oxfam in the Pacific and Pacific Youth Council Technical Advisory Group; and CHRISTOPHER TENISIO – 350 Pacific Climate Warriors Auckland In the Pacific, we are taught to recognise the value of narratives and stories from the day we are born. You need to know who you are: your mother

27 08, 2019

Joining forces to ensure nobody is left behind

2019-10-09T10:03:23+12:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , |

By Harrison Selman The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) have agreed to work together in addressing sexual and reproductive health needs of people living with disability. Their Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) formalises and builds on the existing partnership between the organisations. IPPF Director Programme and Operations,

9 08, 2019

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

2019-10-09T10:30:53+12:00August 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+12:00August 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

9 08, 2019

Pacific Feminist Charter Action Plan

2019-10-09T09:48:17+12:00August 9th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities|Tags: , , , |

The second Pacific Feminist Forum took place 20-22 May 2019 in Pacific Harbour, Fiji. The forum brought together over 150 feminists from the Pacific region. The Pacific Feminist Charter was created at the first forum in 2016 as a living document, intended to guide our analysis and practice. This Action Plan reflects our

25 07, 2019

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

2019-07-25T12:20:59+12:00July 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

25 07, 2019

Kids Talk gives Guam children a voice and platform

2019-07-25T10:11:08+12:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Identities|Tags: , , , , , |

Nihi Kids Guam Kids Talk series is a great series that gives Pacific island children the chance to ask Guam leaders the opportunity to ask important questions. Its creators say the KIDS TALK series “gives our children access to wisdom and knowledge — direct from elders, leaders, and cultural practitioners of our islands and

19 07, 2019

Down by the River: Addressing the needs of Fiji’s gender minorities after disasters

2019-07-19T11:00:14+12:00July 19th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Addressing the Rights, Needs and Strengths of Fijian Sexual and Gender Minorities in Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Response On a sunny day in Lautoka, around 20 Fijian sexual and gender minority members met to share their stories. One attended in defiance of threats from her family. For another, it was the very

19 07, 2019

Unjust, unequal, unstoppable: New report on gender diversity

2019-07-19T10:55:07+12:00July 19th, 2019|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities|Tags: , |

Fiji lesbians, bisexual women, transmen and gender non-conforming people tipping the scales towards justice Historically there has been scant evidential research on the socio-economic and human rights situation of lesbians, bisexual women, transmen (LBT women) and gender non-conforming people (GNC) people in Fiji and the Pacific. Far too much of herstories and everyday

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+12:00June 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+12:00June 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

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