Pacific Elders Voice on Climate Security

The Pacific Elders’ Voice reiterates that the primary security threat to the Pacific is climate change. This fact is clearly articulated in the Boe Declaration on Regional Security which states: “We affirm that

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Felled by its own Failures – How Australia’s inaction to reform logging in the Solomon Islands has let China in

We have watched these past few weeks as the evolving situation surrounding the Solomon Islands/China security pact has unfolded. It appears that every journalist and political commentator is suddenly an expert in the

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Indonesia must allow UN visit before Bali G20 meeting: Benny Wenda on West Papua

LONDON/JAYAPURA — I want to thank all the Pacific Elders for their recent statement supporting a visit to West Papua by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and urging the UN Human Rights Council to pass a

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The spiralling debt crisis, and what to do about it

Global debt has reached an unprecedented high, surpassing levels experienced in the infamous 1980s crisis. For debt-burdened countries, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted their repayment capacity due to

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Time for UBS to come clean on PNG loan

Swiss investment bank, UBS, needs to lift the transparency around how the sovereign lending sausage it sold to the PNG government was made, and what it earned from making it. UBS can respond in one of two ways to the

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Canberra’s tired old script has led to a less democratic Solomon Islands and a less secure Australia

China must be hoping that Australia persists in its “business as usual” approach to Solomon Islands. An appeasement policy by Australia towards the Solomons prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has been outstandingly

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COVID-19:Tackling the pandemic of inequality in Asia and the Pacific

For countries in Asia and the Pacific, meeting the challenge of COVID-19 is challenging due to deeper structural economic

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Staying afloat: ensuring public debt sustainability in the Pacific islands

[UNESCAP] The risk of public debt distress is considerably high in almost all Pacific small island developing States (PSIDS). The debt levels in most PSIDS were on a rising trajectory since early 2010s and are projected

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Rethinking Solomon Islands security

It has been an interesting couple of weeks for Solomon Islands, with stories of policing, weapons, replica weapons and a security agreement with China dominating the local and regional media. Let’s start with the

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Solomons: Putting a draft security deal with China in local context

A draft MOU between Honiara and Beijing on security related issues has sparked international headlines and worried response from

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Lessons from Volcanoes in Predicting the Next Pandemic

COVID-19 alerts and warnings can be better developed by bringing together lessons learned from natural hazards like

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Leadership and the Pacific Way

Will the leadership tussle within the Pacific Islands Forum be resolved using the Pacific Way?  Dr Henry Ivarature looks back to a previous era to see if it offers lessons on the current impasse. Reports indicating

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