As the United States and China offer competing economic visions for the Pacific, Kalafi Moala examines China's latest initiative following on from its Maritime Silk Route policy, suggesting there may be opportunities for the islands beyond economics.
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.
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.
In his latest op-ed piece, President of the Republic of Palau, Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. writes that environmental health, food security and economic prosperity are the very essence of sustainable development to establish a foundation for the future we want.
PiPP undertook national assessments for Vanuatu and Palau as part of the UNESCAP study 'Green Economy in a Blue World - Pacific Perspective 2012' in the lead up to the Rio+20 global summit on sustainable development.