Debate it

Debate it

Frida Bani-Sam considers the case for promoting debate in secondary schools in the Pacific region, arguing that in the long run, debating can lead to consensus decision-making which is at the heart of Pacific culture.
The price tag for global engagement

The price tag for global engagement

As Pacific nations find themselves accused on various international watch lists, Giff Johnson explores the tension between the cultural approach of keeping disputes or problems muted and its use at the political level to avoid dealing with necessary issues.
New goals already transforming our world

New goals already transforming our world

The new development agenda contains a number of transformative elements to deliver a much needed paradigm shift in how we go about the business of development. But much will hinge on how it is implemented, writes Derek Brien.
Reinventing the wheel once more

Reinventing the wheel once more

Instead of continuing down the path of individual nations negotiating separate deep-sea mining deals, a Forum leaders declaration on the issue at the regional level, could ensure fairer returns for Pacific islands states, writes Giff Johnson.