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.
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 first in a two-part blog of his speech.
Now that the UN has launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Tutti Chilton in Palau calls in this open letter for something of an energy revolution to focus on cheaper energy options for island states.
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.
As PNG turns forty, Nik Soni looks back to the future at an immensely wealthy country, gradually taking on a greater role on the world stage. Looking beyond simplistic assessments that all is hopeless, he suggests there is reason to have confidence the people of PNG will effect the change necessary to overcome existing challenges.
The Polynesian Leaders Group have issued an urgent plea for action as scientists, politicians and climate activists all over the world prepare to meet in Paris later this year, writes Ben Bohane.