Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas is the eleventh prime minister of Vanuatu. Derek Brien, spoke with ABC's Pacific Beat about what the future holds.
PiPP will be taking a short break to recover from a tumultuous year, and get ready for 2016. This article reflects on the highs and lows of the year just past (and there is loads more content to look back on throughout the site). We will be back on deck in mid January. To all our readers we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Last week, when Vanuatu's president, Baldwin Lonsdale, was out of the country, the speaker of Parliament pardoned himself and 13 lawmakers for allegedly accepting bribes to vote down the previous government. On Friday, 11 of the 14 pardoned parliamentarians were arrested. In an email interview with World Politics Review, Derek Brien discusses the causes of political instability and corruption in Vanuatu.
World leaders have approved a new set of Global Goals to end poverty, fix climate change and put us on the path towards sustainable development. Will they? Derek Brien says we should be proud of how Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste helped shape the new global agenda. But the hard part is ahead of us - implementation. And again we will need to take the lead or others will determine our fate for us.
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.
Negotiations on what should succeed the Millennium Development Goals resumed in New York this week. Negotiations are well under way to decide what development goals will succeed the MDGs, and this time there has been much broader input.