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13th July
Anna Naupa
Regional and International Issues Adviser
Topic: Pacific Regionalism in the 21st Century

This week, the Forum Secretariat is in Alofi, Niue, attending the 2016 Pacific Islands Political Studies Association conference.

One of the key themes being explored was Pacific Regionalism in the 21st Century.

Our Regional and International Issues Adviser, Ms Anna Naupa and Conflict Prevention Adviser, Mr. Tim Bryar presented a paper addressing the theme, and looking the evolution of Pacific Regionalism over the last five decades.

Here’s Anna to tell you a bit more.

We always appreciate your feedback. Take a look at Anna’s video, share with your friends, and if you have any comments or questions - please do email us.

Click here to learn more about Pacific Regionalism.

 

Alfred Schuster
Development Cooperation Adviser
Topic: Smaller Island States


The Forum’s Smaller Island States (SIS) grouping consists of Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, ‎Niue, Palau, The Republic of the ‎Marshall Islands and Tuvalu.

Due to their size and location in the Pacific, the SIS countries share unique vulnerabilities when it comes to their economic capacity, limited land-based resources, and distance to markets.

The SIS Leaders are meeting in Koror, Palau this week to discuss a new strategy that will help address their common challenges.

Alfred Schuster is the Development Cooperation Adviser at the Forum Secretariat and he has been working in close consultation with the SIS to develop the draft strategy.

We always appreciate your feedback. Take a look at Alfred’s video, share with your friends, and if you have any comments or questions - please do email us.

Click here to learn more about the Smaller Island States.

 

Joel Nilon
Pacific Regionalism Adviser
Topic: Framework for Pacific Regionalism

The Framework for Pacific Regionalism is a commitment to promoting deeper regionalism. It sets out a process for developing and prioritising regional public policy. This is intended to be an inclusive process, by which anyone can propose ideas for regional initiatives to address the key challenges facing the Pacific.

This week the Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism (SSCR) will meet to discuss all submissions made this year through the inclusive public policy process. They will recommend priority initiatives for Pacific Leaders to consider in Federated States of Micronesia in September this year.

Joel Nilon is our Pacific Regionalism Adviser and he is here to talk to you about the Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

We always appreciate your feedback. Take a look at Joel’s video, share with your friends, and if you have any comments or questions - please do email us.

Click here to learn more about Pacific Regionalism.

Click here for more information on the Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism (SSCR)

Check out the 47 2016 Regional Public Policy Submissions received.



Veniana Qalo
Trade Policy Adviser
Topic: NSA Dialogue on PACER Plus

Civil Society and Private Sector representatives from Forum Member Countries gathered in Nadi on 10-11 June for the sixth Non-State Actors (NSA) dialogue on the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus, jointly organised by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA).

The objective was to build on discussions from earlier NSA Dialogues, provide an update on the status of the PACER Plus Negotiations, and facilitate further discussion of the issues covered in the negotiations. A key element of the talks were around the draft Social Impact assessment currently being undertaken by the OCTA.

Veniana Qalo, our Trade Policy Adviser, would like to talk to you about the dialogue.

We always appreciate your feedback. Take a look at Veniana’s video, share with your friends, and if you have any comments or questions - please do email us.



Charmina Saili
Regional Planning Adviser
Topic: Pacific Sustainable Development Goals

Charmina Saili is our Regional Planning Adviser and she wants to know what you think is the most important or relevant of the Sustainable Development Goals for the ‎Pacific.

Your thoughts will help inform the Regional Roadmap on SDGs that Charmina is currently working on with stakeholders from across the region.

We always appreciate your feedback. Take a look at Charmina’s video, share with your friends, and if you have any comments or questions - please do email us.

Here’s more on the Sustainable Development Goals: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs

Click here to learn more about the Framework for Pacific Regionalism

Here’s more information on the Samoa Pathway: http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1537

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