Submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Consultation on the Pacific Islands Forum 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent
The Australian government, along with the governments of all members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), has committed to run domestic consultations into the PIF’s 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.
As the PIF’s 2050 vision says:
In 2050, the Blue Pacific Continent is a region of peace; harmony; security, social inclusion; and increased prosperity so that all Pacific people are leading free, healthy and productive lives.
- Our Blue Pacific identity reinforces the potential of our shared stewardship of the Pacific Ocean and reaffirms the connections of Pacific peoples with their natural resources, environment, cultures and livelihoods.
- We understand that this vision can only be achieved through regional collective action.
In this spirit, Peacifica and the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education have prepared a joint submission to the inquiry. Central to our submission is the fact that the climate crisis is the region’s single greatest threat, and that Australia’s intransigence on climate action in poses a significant threat to the realisation of the 2050 vision.
Hope and Resilience in Kiribati: A report on a visit to Kiribati with a PCP delegation in August 2017
By Dr Usha Harris, media and communication academic at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
In July this year I had the opportunity to visit Kiribati for the first time as part of an Australian delegation organised by Pacific Calling Partnership and hosted by KiriCAN (Kiribati Climate Action Network). I went to Kiribati with a misperception that there was little hope for its people who faced a bleak future due to sea level rise. Instead, I returned inspired by a resilient people who refuse to sit and wait for the world to save them from the impacts of climate change. They are focused on finding sustainable solutions in turning the resources of the ocean and the thin sliver of land on which they live to productive use.Read more
In 2017, the fourth year of the KATEP program, Mangila Kilifi and Erietera Aram represented Kiribati and Aso Ioapo and Saineta Sioni represented Tuvalu.
The two week educational and advocacy program took place in Sydney, Australia. It provided participants with training in climate change advocacy, leadership skills, storytelling and public speaking; it included a two-day visit to Newcastle; an outreach program to educate and strengthen Pacific connections around climate change and opportunities to lobby key members of the Australian community. It helped develop and solidify the participants’ confidence and experience in being climate change activists and leaders.