Giff Johnson examines the Pacific islands Forum Secretariat's most recent assessment of progress by its 14 members on the Millennium Development Goals which most islands failed to meet. For the Pacific to succeed with the new Sustainable Development Goals, eliminating corruption has to be a priority.
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.
Giff Johnson argues that going along with the current aid strategies imposed by foreign donors is undermining the resilience that already exists in the Pacific islands.
The new development agenda contains a number of transformative elements to deliver a much needed paradigm shift in how we go about the business of development. But much will hinge on how it is implemented, writes Derek Brien.
If governments don’t start reinventing their development agendas and means of implementation, in 15 years’ time, we will again be lamenting the inability of our islands to make progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals soon to be adopted by the UN, says Giff Johnson.
Better financing for development will be required in order to end poverty by 2030 and achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals. The UN and member states are currently working to reach agreement on priorities for reform. This article by Mathew Morris looks at the ongoing debate.