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.
Instead of continuing down the path of individual nations negotiating separate deep-sea mining deals, a Forum leaders declaration on the issue at the regional level, could ensure fairer returns for Pacific islands states, writes Giff Johnson.
Vanuatu has survived the initial impact, but now needs to survive the outcome of this unprecedented weather event.