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Pacific Plan Reviewed: what next? | Devpolicy Blog from the ...

Pacific Plan Reviewed: what next? | Devpolicy Blog from the ... | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
The Pacific Plan was reviewed over 2013 by a high profile team led by Sir Mekere Morauta, at the behest of Pacific Islands Forum leaders (the review has been the subject of a number of posts on this blog: here, here and here).
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Matt Dornan looks at what the Pacific Plan review found out and asks 'what next'?

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Micronesia leaders decry climate change impact - Radio New Zealand International

Micronesia leaders decry climate change impact - Radio New Zealand International | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
Micronesia leaders decry climate change impact
Radio New Zealand International
Micronesian leaders say their islands bear the brunt of climate change impact yet they are the least contributor, if at all, to carbon emissions.
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The impacts of climate change are really important throughout the Pacific region, but for Micronesian leaders this is a particularly pressing issue as discussed at their recent summit in Saipan

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Vanuatu propose for the establishment of a Youth Desk at the MSG Secretariat - Islands Business

Vanuatu propose for the establishment of a Youth Desk at the MSG Secretariat - Islands Business | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
Vanuatu propose for the establishment of a Youth Desk at the MSG Secretariat Islands Business PORT VILA, Vanuata ----The Director General,Forau and staff of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat received a high level visit from the...
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Based on previous discussions I'e had with MSG people I think this is likely to go ahead

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China ups the aid stakes in the Pacific Islands - The Interpreter

China ups the aid stakes in the Pacific Islands - The Interpreter | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
China ups the aid stakes in the Pacific Islands
The Interpreter
Jenny Hayward-Jones is Director of the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program, and Dr Philippa Brant is a Lowy Institute Research Associate.
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More on Chinese aid and lending flows to the region, this time from the Lowy Institute...but we still need to have a robust conversation about public debt (all of it) in our part of the world

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Corruption Smothering Pacific Students - Inter Press Service

Corruption Smothering Pacific Students - Inter Press Service | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
Sydney Morning Herald Corruption Smothering Pacific Students Inter Press Service In Melanesia and other Pacific Islands, people traditionally express their first allegiance to the extended family ('wantoks'), and this can entail relationships of...
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This is a perennial complaint across the region...

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PNG’s rural decay: a personal perspective (Part 2)

PNG’s rural decay: a personal perspective (Part 2) | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
This is the second in a two-part series. In the first part, Andrew describes how the closure of his local school led to his decision, aged 13, to relocate to Porgera, a 12-hour walk away, on his own.
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Andrew Anton Mako gives a telling personal insight into a wider problem facing PNG and other Pacific island countries

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International media interest in the Pacific Island Forum - Radio Australia

International media interest in the Pacific Island Forum
Radio Australia
The Guardian, Al Jazeera and the China Daily were just some of the major outlets to cover the event, and the appeal for global action on climate change.
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Sisilo: Still far apart on labour mobility & help

Sisilo: Still far apart on labour mobility & help | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
Solomon Star News - Solomon Island's Leading Daily Newspaper
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PACER Plus negotiations keep coming back to the same sticking points...

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Pacific Buzz | A roundup of political and economic news

Pacific Buzz | A roundup of political and economic news | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
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PIDF is much ‘broader and inclusive’
Mixed reactions are emerging over the core aims of the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) hosted by Fiji between 05th -7th August 2013.

Via H. V. Evatt Library
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Some of the key events and news from the last 2 weeks

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RAMSI realities: 10 years later - Islands Business

RAMSI realities: 10 years later - Islands Business | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
Green Left Weekly RAMSI realities: 10 years later Islands Business From his vantage point in communications work for the Church of Melanesia more than 10 years ago, he watched the leading role of faith-based groups and networks in brokering peace,...
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More commentary on the impacts of RAMSI in the last 10 days

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Inaugural meeting of the Pacific Islands Development Forum ends with allegations of sabotage - Australia Network News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Inaugural meeting of the Pacific Islands Development Forum ends with allegations of sabotage - Australia Network News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
The inaugural meeting of the Pacific Islands Development Forum ends amid controversy with allegations of sabotage. (Decolonizing the Pacific Islands Forum - ENTER Pacific Island Development Forum thanks to #Fiji .
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More regional architecture, a new entrant into an already fairly crowded space

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Inaugural Fiji meeting aimed at re-inventing Forum says academic - New Zealand - News - Islands Business magazine

Inaugural Fiji meeting aimed at re-inventing Forum says academic - New Zealand - News - Islands Business magazine | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
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This long-awaited development has the potential to effect major shifts in regional relationships

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The World Today - Fijian foreign minister labels PNG solution as high-handed and arrogant 29/07/2013

The World Today - Fijian foreign minister labels PNG solution as high-handed and arrogant 29/07/2013 | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
Fijis foreign minister has slammed Australias PNG asylum seeker solution saying it is typical what he calls Australias high handed and arrogant attitude towards Pacific Island countries
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There will be a number of regional implications arising from the PNG/Australia Asylum Seeker agreement...

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The outlook for Polynesia - Islands Business

The outlook for Polynesia - Islands Business | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
The outlook for Polynesia
Islands Business
This will probably result in increased engagement with Pacific Islands countries, particularly in Polynesia, with which New Zealand is far more integrated than Melanesia.
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A brief look at what 2014 might hold for the Polynesian countries

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Bainimarama criticism of Forum unfair, says academic - Islands Business

Bainimarama criticism of Forum unfair, says academic - Islands Business | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
Bainimarama criticism of Forum unfair, says academic Islands Business WELLINGTON, NZ --- An attack on the neutrality of the Pacific Islands Forum by Fiji's Prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, was not based on fact, according to Dr Malakai...
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The back and fore of discussion about regionalism, regional organisations and regional architecture is not going anywhere soon

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Regional service delivery in the Pacific – have expectations been met?

Regional service delivery in the Pacific – have expectations been met? | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
This post summarises a recent working paper prepared by Matthew Dornan and Tess Newton Cain for Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies.
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Drawing on research we have been doing for most of the year, Matt Dornan and I put forward our findings on regional service delivery

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China announces more aid, and loans, to Pacific Islands Countries

China announces more aid, and loans, to Pacific Islands Countries | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang pledged increased assistance to eight Pacific island countries at the 2nd China-Pacific Islands Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forum in Guangzhou.
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The aid landscape is changing not just here in the Pacific island region but globally...the role of China is already significant and is likely to increase

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Pacific perspectives on infrastructure maintenance

Pacific perspectives on infrastructure maintenance | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
To launch the ‘Devpacific Dialogues’ series in Vanuatu last month, a public seminar on infrastructure maintenance was held at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities in Port Vila.
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This is a write-up of the first (hopefully) "Devpacific Dialogues" event held in Port Vila during September - great work by Matthew Dornan from the Development Policy Centre

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SPC Head sees bigger role for men in the fight for gender equality - Radio Australia

SPC Head sees bigger role for men in the fight for gender equality
Radio Australia
We are preaching to the converted, and more training of women is not actually going to make very much difference in Melanesia.
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Dr Rogers make some important points here, most notably that men need to be at the heart of protecting and promoting Pacific island women

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Vanuatu PM opens first MSG Finance Ministers and Governors of Central Banks ... - Islands Business

Vanuatu PM opens first MSG Finance Ministers and Governors of Central Banks ... - Islands Business | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
Vanuatu PM opens first MSG Finance Ministers and Governors of Central Banks ...
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Another new initiative from the MSG - this time in relation to finance & role of central banks

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Fiji's Beddoes says Forum needs rules to deal with coups - Radio New Zealand International

Fiji's Beddoes says Forum needs rules to deal with coups - Radio New Zealand International | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
Fiji's Beddoes says Forum needs rules to deal with coups
Radio New Zealand International
Fiji's main opposition grouping says the Pacific Islands Forum needs a set of rules to deal with coup-makers.
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These are certainly strong words from Mick Beddoes but I'm not sure they will have much effect. Part of a rise in explicit criticism of the Fiji regime by opposition groups which has been absent for some time

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How to respond to the impasse in Fiji?

How to respond to the impasse in Fiji? | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
Fiji’s coup leader-turned Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama may star on the international stage, where many diplomats take at face value his reformist claims, but his fortunes are more troubled at home.
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Jon Fraenkel doesn't hold back here, his views are trenchant but well expressed

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Pacific leadership: PNG gets its chance - The Interpreter

Pacific leadership: PNG gets its chance - The Interpreter | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
Scoop.co.nz (press release) Pacific leadership: PNG gets its chance The Interpreter Competing claims for leadership of the Pacific Islands region are reinforcing doubts about the efficacy of regional architecture in the lead-up to the Pacific...
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I don't disagree with what's here but I can't help feeling that the PM of Samoa may have other ideas

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Pacific Islands Forum should allow Fiji back in: Solomons PM - Islands Business

Pacific Islands Forum should allow Fiji back in: Solomons PM - Islands Business | Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism | Scoop.it
Pacific Islands Forum should allow Fiji back in: Solomons PM
Islands Business
“The Pacific Islands Leaders Forum have come a long way. There are certain factors that we all know have been drivers of the Forum.
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This may be music to the ears of Bainimarama but I doubt it will go down well with the PM of Samoa among others

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The full text of a recent speech by the interim Foreign Minister of Fiji - part of an ongoing 'challenging conversation'

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