Throughout the week students impressed the audience and adjudicators with their eloquence and understanding of key regional and international issues. Faced with some of the same themes debated in parliaments around the Pacific, the students demonstrated great potential as future leaders.
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.
Pacific nations engage with the UN on many levels, but are left out of the most important UN body, the UNSC. Ben Bohane asks whether the Pacific needs to challenge the system to get a permanent voice at the highest table.
Giff Johnson examines the Pacific islands Forum Secretariat's most recent assessment of progress by its 14 members on the Millennium Development Goals which most islands failed to meet. For the Pacific to succeed with the new Sustainable Development Goals, eliminating corruption has to be a priority.
In a keynote address at the USP journalism awards, Pacific Media Center director Professor David Robie, formerly head of the South Pacific regional journalism program in its early stages, reflects on the progress and challenges facing media in the Pacific and worldwide. This is the second in a two-part blog of his speech.