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.
Giff Johnson argues that going along with the current aid strategies imposed by foreign donors is undermining the resilience that already exists in the Pacific islands.
With China's recent muscle flexing for territory in Asia, it's hard to believe that the resource-rich Pacific won’t soon be seeing greater interest from both China and Taiwan, writes Giff Johnson.
Better financing for development will be required in order to end poverty by 2030 and achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals. The UN and member states are currently working to reach agreement on priorities for reform. This article by Mathew Morris looks at the ongoing debate.
Kalio Tavola wonders if PACER Plus is flexible enough to accommodate developing country needs and the evolution of other multilateral agencies when it comes to 'free trade'.