Pacific Primer

Cashing in on women’s health

Women’s health has been sidelined for centuries. But now that women are finally being heard, some unscrupulous companies are cashing in on the movement.

Pacific Island nations are keenly aware that disunity is unhelpful for the region.

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Not usually at the forefront of geopolitical argy-bargy, the Pacific has recently emerged as a strategic element of securing democracy. A rift threatened to tear apart normally unshakeable regional unity in 2021, with five Micronesian countries threatening to leave the most powerful transnational group, the Pacific Islands Forum. Ahead of the July 12 – 14 meeting of the Forum, the rift seems to have been patched over. (more…)

A last-minute agreement has avoided rupture in the Pacific Islands Forum. As the agreement was negotiated, regional strengths and vulnerabilities were revealed.

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As Pacific Islanders struggle to survive in the face of climate change, they will need to adapt their traditional ways of fishing to the new reality.

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A shortage of resources and investment from major digital platforms has left the Pacific region battling a campaign of misinformation and under-moderation.

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After major setbacks to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Pacific needs fairer access to financing as it fights to overcome climate challenges

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With Pacific Islands nations controlling 20 percent of all oceans, they are at the foundation of initiatives to help the planet and our health.

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Encouraging work abroad schemes could help Pacific Island nations to steer their way clear of crippling debt.

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Japan plans to dump radioactive water from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean, but its effects on Pacific nations are not clear.

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Rising debt and declining income seem to add up to an austere future for Pacific Island nations. But belt-tightening may make things worse.

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Better opportunities will arise from ASEAN and Pacific island nations banding together.

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