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Pacific traditions and cultures have had resilience built into them since time immemorial, so rediscovering these concepts can help Pacific communities cope with and adapt to environmental and social changes.

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

19 09, 2019

Niu Pawa: What Climate Activism looks like in the Pacific

2019-09-19T17:10:25+13:00September 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

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 –

1 09, 2019

Micronesian Podcast: Spotlighting social issues in the Northern Pacific

2019-10-09T10:07:11+13:00September 1st, 2019|Categories: News from Micronesia, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , |

By Harrison Selman Patrick Pedrus is the maker and host of the Micronesian Podcast, a regular podcast where he discusses a range of social issues with guests. Highlights include: New bill for women in FSM congress A bill introduced by vice speaker, Senator Esmond B. Moses could guaranteed women representation in Congress. https://anchor.fm/the-micronesian/episodes/Episode-39---New-bill-for-women-in-FSM-Congress-e1sdns

27 08, 2019

Joining forces to ensure nobody is left behind

2019-10-09T10:03:23+13:00August 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

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

19 07, 2019

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

2019-07-19T11:00:14+13:00July 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

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

Harnessing Vanuatu’s youth and blockchain to build resilience

2019-05-31T11:51:27+13:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: News from Melanesia, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , |

Oxfam's Sandra Hart was a featured speaker during the opening session at the Pacific Resilience Partnership meeting in Suva in May. Highlights from her speech follow: To innovate is to adapt. To adapt is to take risks and to face risks in order to better anticipate and mitigate risks for the future. In

30 05, 2019

Nuclear awareness and activism in the Marshall Islands

2019-05-30T12:54:02+13:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: News from Micronesia, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News, REACH-MI|Tags: , , , |

Madeleine Johnson was a featured speaker during the opening session at the Pacific Resilience Partnership meeting in Suva in May. Below are highlights from her speech. My Grandma was born in 1926 in Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. She was only 20 years old when her family and community were evacuated in

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

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