APIBC Articles of Interest, June 2016
The following is a selection of articles from various sources relating to the Pacific region. Opinions and information expressed in these articles are the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Business Council or its members.
— By Various
26th May - Cooler Pacific temperatures signal end of devastating El Nino
Radio Australia - Bureau of Meteorology modelling shows the latest El Nino cycle is over, but could now lead to a wet winter after a devastating 14 months of drought and famine across the Pacific.
18th May - Pacific Island links – Lowy Interpreter - By Alastair Davis
- The postponed Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit will take place in Papua New Guinea next month, not Vanuatu as was originally planned. Filling the vacant role of director general of the secretariat is likely to be addressed at the summit.
- The first group of countries to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement are all small island nations. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is developing a regional strategy to manage climate change and human mobility in the Pacific.
13th May - Solomon Islands, Vanuatu offer West Papua liberation group support for full MSG membership
The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu say they will support the United Liberation Movement for West Papua's bid for full membership to the Melanesian Spearhead Group at the organisation's upcoming summit in Papua New Guinea next month. Read more
11th May – Pacific Island links – Lowy Interpreter – by Jonathan Pryke
- The Pacific was largely spared from this year’s Australian aid cuts.
- Five reef islands in Solomon Islands have reportedly been completely washed away. The author of the original report has pushed back at ‘exaggerated’ reports that have overstated the climate change link.
- Solomon Islands will host the 2023 Pacific games, after Tonga hosts in 2019.
- The state of Vanuatu’s airport continues to have an impact on tourism in the country, despite completed repairs.
4th May - The nature of the Pacific Islands Forum could change significantly with the drive for full membership for New Caledonia and French Polynesia gaining support from New Zealand. The two French territories would be the first non-independent entities to attain full membership.
2nd May - Vanuatu Infrastructure Minister Jotham Napat is to travel to China to negotiate further Chinese assistance in road construction.
20th April – State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, ANU College of Asia & the Pacificreleases its latest discussion papers.
- Sports Diplomacy in the Pacific: Developing Pacific Rugby League Elite Athletes for Diplomacy and Development by Roannie Ng Shiu
- Urban Politics in Melanesia: Shallow Roots by Julien Barbara and Meg Keen
- The Highest Glass Ceiling — Women, Politics and Executive Power in the Pacific by Kerryn Baker
14th March - Prime Minister Salwai’s statement on the first anniversary of Cyclone Pam
One year on from Cyclone Pam and just weeks after Cyclone Winston, this article reflects on the immediate recovery and ongoing support that Vanuatu has undertaken and received.
The Vanuatu Government’s response to Cyclone Pam began immediately following the disaster and will continue for the next 18 months. The first phase of the response was the delivery of life-saving and humanitarian assistance, which is now complete. The second phase of the response is a two-year recovery and economic strengthening program which started in August 2015 and has accelerated. At the same time the government is also reviewing its disaster management policies and practices to ensure that it is well-prepared to respond to any future disasters. Read the full article
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