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 United States Multilateral Fisheries Treaty benefitted the United States and not Pacific island governments because the conditions for equity based on resource ownership and appropriate sharing were not considered in the treaty, writes Walter Diamana.
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.
Lai Sakita proposes some long-term solutions to restoring forestry and fisheries on Tanna to help develop local production capacity and ensure long-term sustainability after cyclone Pam. Tanna island was one of the worst-hit areas in Vanuatu.
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.
A report on the Vanuatu Government’s consultation on deep sea mining has been presented to the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources urging wider consultation and analysis, and suggests invoking a precautionary principle to guide future activity in this sector.