This is a transcript of Jonathan Guyant's statement at the grand final of the Melanesian School Debate competition, staged last week in Port Vila. Jonathan was the first speaker of the Vanuatu team arguing against the motion that Melanesia must globalise to succeed. He was awarded Best Speaker for the debate final.
This week Commonwealth leaders are meeting in Malta for their biennial heads of government meeting. One of the first items of business will be the selection of the next Secretary General and with the field wide open, Pacific islands countries could be the king (or queen) maker.
This short survey, undertaken in partnership with RMIT University, explains the new Global Goals and gives people across the Pacific the chance to rate their relevance and help track progress. The more we know about the goals, the more we can hold our leaders to account to implement them.
PiPP continues it’s support for both Vanuatu's schools debate competition and the regional Melanesian Cup. Debating encourages young minds to develop critical thinking, public speaking, research skills, and the confidence to creatively structure persuasive arguments.
In the lead-up to the global climate conference in Paris at the end of this year and in light of the World Summit Humanitarian Pacific consultations currently underway in Auckland, we have compiled a timeline of events before, during and after Pam made landfall in Vanuatu. It provides a comprehensive, blow-by-blow account of the disaster.
A documentary alleging that bribes to Papua New Guinea politicians are being laundered in Australia is raising hopes that a healthy dialogue can be developed concerning corruption in politics.