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.
Kaliopate Tavola asks if a 'stable regional order’ as envisioned by Australia and New Zealand is being achieved at a time when their inclusion in Pacific regional architecture is being questioned.
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.
The question of Australia and New Zealand being legitimate 'insiders' in the regional architecture has come to the fore once again ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting in PNG, writes Kaliopate Tavola.
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'.