His week that was – Kevin Healy Report back from the People's Forum on the Ukraine War – Professor Emeritus Stuart Rees and the President of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW), Dr Sue Wareham What took place at the 51st meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva, Fiji – journalist and researcher Nic Maclellan Jessica Morrison, Executice Officer of Australian Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) explains how you can enjoy an all expenses paid trip to apartheid Israel
The head of the organisation tasked with cutting climate gases globally says New Zealand must follow through on its promise to halve emissions - and look at doing more. COP26 President and UK Conservative Party MP Alok Sharma is in Aotearoa after attending the Pacific Islands Forum. Speaking exclusively to RNZ, he told our Climate Reporter Hamish Cardwell all nations must get moving on emissions reduction plans.
Pacific Islands Forum Aim for Global Goals. The host for this show is Joshua Cooper. The guests are Susan Randolph and Mariam Rasheed. Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) is an important instrument for the Pacific Islands States. Nations are exploring and examining how to achieve the 2030 Agenda of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and realize rights for own people. HRMI is the first global initiative to track the human rights performance of the Pacific and around the planet that is comprehensive, collaborative and creative metric movement to ensure independent assessment of the rights record in the region. The UN High Level Political Forum and the Pacific Islands Forum both featured essential examples of important human rights in Oceania. The ThinkTech YouTube Playlist for this show is https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQpkwcNJny6lBAcTYfWa3JsYGYjCulQFi Please visit our ThinkTech website at https://thinktechhawaii.com and see our Think Tech Advisories at https://thinktechadvisories.blogspot.com.
Allan and Darren begin this episode by stepping back from a very busy first two months of foreign policy for the new government. If one were to build a model of the making of Australian foreign policy, what could we learn from from this particular case study and how would it stand out? Turning to events, the analysis begins with PM Albanese's trip to Europe for the NATO summit, then turns to the travels and speeches of FM Wong and DM Marles, including Wong's important meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in Bali. Next they turn to the recent Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Suva and the withdrawal of Kiribati from the grouping, and finish with a discussion of the latest Lowy Institute Poll. We thank Annabel Howard for audio editing and Rory Stenning for composing our theme music. Relevant links Penny Wong, “Keynote address in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia”, 29 June 2022: https://www.foreignminister.gov.au/minister/penny-wong/speech/keynote-address-kuala-lumpur-malaysia Penny Wong, “Special lecture to the International Institute for Strategic Studies - A shared future: Australia, ASEAN and Southeast Asia”, 6 July 2022: https://www.foreignminister.gov.au/minister/penny-wong/speech/special-lecture-international-institute-strategic-studies-shared-future-australia-asean-and-southeast-asia Penny Wong, “Meeting with China's State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi”, Media release, 8 July 2022: https://www.foreignminister.gov.au/minister/penny-wong/media-release/meeting-chinas-state-councilor-and-minister-foreign-affairs-wang-yi “Wang Yi Meets with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong”, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC”, 9 July 2022: https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/zxxx_662805/202207/t20220710_10718115.html Press Conference (Transcript), Prime Minister and Treasurer, 11 July 2022: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/press-conference-parliament-house-canberra Jocelyn Chey, “When words matter: Reviewing the Wong-Wang meeting”, Pearls and Irritations, 13 July 2022: https://johnmenadue.com/when-words-matter-reviewing-the-wong-wang-meeting/ Richard Marles, “Speech: National Defence College New Delhi, India”, 22 June 2022: https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/rmarles/speeches/speech-national-defence-college-new-delhi-india Richard Marles, “Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)”, 12 July 2022: https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/rmarles/speeches/address-center-strategic-and-international-studies-csis Lowy Institute Poll: https://poll.lowyinstitute.org/ Bruce Miller, “For all his nationalism, Abe was a true globalist and statesman”, Australian Financial Review, 10 July 2022: https://www.afr.com/world/asia/for-all-his-nationalism-abe-was-a-true-globalist-and-statesman-20220710-p5b0g4 Hugh White, “Sleepwalk to war: Australia's Unthinking Alliance with America”, Quarterly Essay 86, June 2022: https://www.quarterlyessay.com.au/essay/2022/06/sleepwalk-to-war “Gurrumul - Bayini ft. Sarah Blasko” (youtube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yDrbbNF89E “Reimagining and realising our future”, Youth National Security Strategy: https://strategy.ynss.org/ Victor Ferguson, Scott Waldron and Darren Lim, “Market adjustments to import sanctions: lessons from Chinese restrictions on Australian trade, 2020–21”, Review of International Political Economy, 7 July 2022: https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2022.2090019
Media commentator Andrew Holden joins Kathryn to look at the harassment experienced by Nobel Prize winner Maria Ressa in the Philippines, while her fellow winner Dmitry Muratov also had his independent newspaper shut down. A Fijian journalist expelled from a press conference during a visit of the Chinese foreign minister spotted two Chinese embassy officials pretending to be reporters at the Pacific Islands Forum, and ABC in Australia is to get a five-year funding model that the new Government says will make it 'safe' from political interference and manipulation. Andrew Holden is a journalist for more than 30 years including five as Editor of The Press (in Christchurch) and four as Editor-in-Chief of The Age in Melbourne.
Danny and Derek wish you a happy day-after-Bastille Day! They discuss tensions around Kaliningrad Oblast (1:19), the war in Ukraine (4:13), protests in Sri Lanka (8:50), the Pacific Islands Forum (13:36), the UN Security Council and Syria (15:35), and Biden's Middle East trip (18:18).Recorded July 14, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
Leaders in the Pacific say the region is at a critical stage in its history. It comes amidst talks during the Pacific Islands Forum in the Fijian capital, Suva. A climate crisis, geopolitical competition and lasting development pressures have all been identified as pressing concerns facing the island nations. - Водачите на државите во Пацификот велат дека регионот е во критична фаза од својата историја. Тоа доаѓа во време на разговори за време на форумот за Пацифичките Острови во главниот град на Фиџи, Сува. Климатската криза, геополитичката конкуренција и трајните развојни притисоци се идентификувани како итна загриженост со која се соочуваат островските нации.
U-S Vice President Kamala Harris has promised her country will improve relations with the Pacific islands during the Pacific Islands Forum in the Fijian capital Suva. Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and Australian Prime minister Anthony Albanese have welcomed the country's renewed commitment to the region. - Потпретседателката на САД, Камала Харис, на форумот за Пацифичките Острови во главниот град на Фиџи, Сува, вети дека нејзината земја ќе ги подобри односите со островските земји во Тихиот Океан. Премиерот на Фиџи, Френк Баинимарама и австралискиот премиер Ентони Албанези ја поздравија обновената посветеност на САД кон регионот.
US Vice President Kamala Harris has promised her country will improve relations with the Pacific islands during the Pacific Islands Forum in the Fijian capital Suva. - きょう閉幕の太平洋諸島フォーラム。米中間の緊張が高まるなかで注目を集めました。
At the end of the their retreat in Fiji, Pacific Islands Forum leaders have concluded that the organisation stands at a critical juncture in its history. There is renewed hope that the islands can work with Australia to combat climate change and there's a push to host the UN Climate Summit in the region in 2024. A multi-lateral security deal proposed by China has floundered, and the door is open for Kiribati to return to the Forum fold.
14/07/2022. Бюлетень SBS новин українською мовою. Звіт про знущання над жінками, у сім'ях і насильства в Австралії відкриває шлях до поліпшення ситуації. Безробіття в Австралії - найнижче за останні 48 років. Австралія і реґіон - зібрання Pacific Islands Forum. ООН, турецьке посередництво і транспортування зерна з України. Про це і більше - на веб-сторінці SBS Ukrainian...
The Solomon Islands PM reiterates his stance on having a Chinese military base in his country; Gender-issues, ending family violence and supporting women leaders key themes at the Pacific Islands Forum; Voter frustrations continue to rise in Papua New Guinea as second week of polling draws to a close.
Gender-issues, family violence and supporting more Pacific women into leadership roles have been key themes at the Pacific Islands Forum. The Fiji government and women's groups have welcomed a $12.6 million boost towards its Gender Action Programme by the New Zealand government. Pacific leaders understand the urgent need to improve services and opportunities for women not only in Fiji but the wider Pacific region especially around gender-based violence. RNZ Pacific's Eleisha Foon is in Suva.
After an anxious period of radio silence, Kiribati has picked up the phone and ignited hopes it's not completely lost to the Pacific Islands Forum. Pacific leaders emerged from their annual talks in Suva yesterday having endorsed the 2050 Blue Pacific Continent Strategy, a binding and guiding document for the region's challenges. The climate crisis and regional security weighed heavy on this year's meeting so the Blue strategy was cause for cava - as was news the communication line with Kiribati is back. Political reporter Anneke Smith has more from Suva.
To Fiji, where the Prime Minister's been locked away in talks with leaders of the Pacific Islands today in Suva. A critical document on how the Pacific nation will navigate climate change has emerged from it. RNZ political reporter Anneke Smith is live in Suva.
The Prime Minister says she's found common ground with her counterpart in the Solomon Islands - with neither leader wanting the see the militarisation of the Pacific. Jacinda Ardern sat down with Mannasseh Sogovare at New Zealand's High Commission in Fiji today - their first face-to-face talks since the secret Beijing-Solomons security pact was leaked a few months ago. The meeting was soon after US Vice President Kamala Harris dialed in to the Pacific Islands Forum to announce a package of support for a region she says hasn't received the attention it deserves. Our political reporter Anneke Smith is in Suva.
Two Chinese Embassy staff members masquerading as journalists were removed from the Pacifc Islands Forum meeting yesterday. RNZ Pacific's Fiji correspondent Lice Movono told First Up what happened.
The President of the Federated States of Micronesia, David Panuelo, speaks about the Suva Agreement, why he believes Kiribati can come back to the Pacific Islands Forum, and China's rising influence in the region.
13/07/2022. The latest news from Australia, Ukraine and from the rest of the world. The Prime Minister attends the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji. Mr Albanese will hold several Bilateral meetings, including with the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Chinese officials have appeared at the Pacific Islands Forum during an address by United States Vice President Kamala Harris. War in Ukraine. The government says it will provide around $30 million per year over the next five-years to the home-based program that supports parents and carers to be their child's first teacher. More: SBS Ukrainian - 13/07/2022. Бюлетень SBS новин українською мовою. Зібрання у столиці Фіджі, куди полетіли Прем'єр-міністр Австралії та Віце-президент США Камала Гарріс. Фонд для дошкільного навчання дітей в Австралії. Війна в Україні - Президент В. Зеленський. Футбол в Україні у серпні. Про це і більше - на веб-сторінці SBS Ukrainian...
The US promises Pacific leaders deeper engagement but just what kind of a region is it returning to?; Also, a former president of Kiribati, believes his country is cooking up a deal with China that may have influenced its withdrawal from the Pacific Islands Forum; We hear more about a donation drive to help the Tonga Women and Childrens Crisis Centre with its important work in the Kingdom.
The prime minister attends the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji, The Treasurer defends a decision to ditch free rapid antigen tests for concession card holders and in sport, Ukraine's domestic football competition to resume in August without fans. - ایس بی ایس اردو خبریں 13 جولائی 2022
US plans to open two new embassies in the region — one in Tonga, and another in Kiribati, just days after the Micronesian nation withdrew from the Pacific Islands Forum.
The US Vice President Kamala Harris will speak to Pacific leaders at the forum in Fiji tomorrow, as part of its wider strategy to step up its engagement in the Pacific to counter China's influence. Our political reporter Anneke Smith is at the forum in Suva. She joins Lisa Owen with the latest details.
As well as her interviews with politicians and experts, Politics with Michelle Grattan includes “Word from The Hill”, where she discusses the news with members of The Conversation politics team. Politics editor Amanda Dunn and Michelle discuss the rising number of COVID cases, and state governments' reluctance to bring back mandates such as for mask-wearing. These governments know many of the public have COVID fatigue, when it comes to restrictions. And even the “health advice” doesn't count for quite what it used to. Amanda and Michelle also canvass the challenges of the Albanese government's September 1-2 jobs summit. More immediately, there is the Prime Minister's latest foreign summitry, in Fiji, where he will be attending the Pacific Islands Forum.
A "major superpower rivalry" in the Pacific region will be on show today as the United States' Vice President Kamala Harris dials in to the Pacific Islands Forum. The US had been tipped to speak at the 51st forum in Suva this week but it was only confirmed yesterday. It's just announced a suite of new commitments in an effort to boost its relations with the Pacific region - in the face of China's growing interest and influence. Political reporter Anneke Smith filed this report in Suva.
Winston Peters says New Zealand and Australia must learn not to talk down to our Pacific neighbours.Jacinda Ardern, Anthony Albanese and other Pacific leaders are in Suva for the first Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting since 2019.The meeting is taking place amid growing concerns about China's influence in the region.Peters, a two-time Foreign Minister, told Mike Hosking Ardern and Albanese need to be careful about how they speak to the Pacific about China.LISTEN ABOVESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Pacific leaders are scrambling to bring Kiribati back in to the fold, on the eve of one of the most significant meetings in the region. Kiribati has declared it's withdrawing from the Pacific Islands Forum - after expressing concerns about the leadership. Now leaders from around the region - including Jacinda Ardern - are arriving in Fiji for the talks. Koroi Hawkins reports.
Kiribati Opposition Leader Tessie Lambourne says she's shocked by the government's decision to withdraw from the Pacific Islands Forum. Ms Lambourne says the decision is puzzling and she's dismayed that the government made the move without any consultation.
Covid case numbers are soaring, with hospitalisations at their highest number since April - we spoke to the Prime Minister, The Association of General Surgeons says as a result, the number of deferred surgeries has never been so bad, The Pacific region is in crisis as Kiribati completely leaves from the Pacific Islands Forum.
Regional security and China's growing influence also loom large - as the Solomon Islands continues its pivot towards Beijing. The high stakes meeting comes amid signs of strain within the forum with Kirabati withdrawing in protest after its preferred candidate for Secretary General was defeated.
The Pacific Islands Forum begins today and it's already off to a rocky start. Kiribati - a country in Micronesia - has pulled out at the last minute - re-exposing a rift over the leadership of the Forum. This week marks the first chance for Pacific leaders to discuss the security agreement signed by Solomon Islands and China. Political reporter Anneke Smith has more.
Kiribati has withdrawn from the Pacific Islands Forum meeting, which starts in Fiji today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend the meeting of 18 countries including Australia and New Zealand. In a letter sent to the forum's secretary general on Saturday, Kiribati President Taneti Maamau's outlined his reasons for not attending, including a "gentleman's agreement" that Micronesia would be awarded the organisation's secretary general role. Cook Islander Henry Puna was appointed to that role, and the Micronesian states said they felt sidelined. Massey University senior lecturer in security studies Dr Anna Powles has been watching developments closely. She spoke to Corin Dann.
The Pacific Islands Forum has rocky beginnings in Suva this morning as Kiribati withdraws with immediate effect. It is the Forum's 51st meeting and the the first time the nations' leaders will meet face to face since the pandemic. The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Kiribati's decision to leave the Pacific Islands Forum isn't necessarily about wider security issues within the region. Global interdisciplinary scholar, Distinguished Professor Steve Ratuva is the Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury talks to Kathryn about the issues up for talanoa.
Political commentators Brigitte Morten and Neale Jones discuss the PM's trip to Australia and developments on rights for Kiwis and 501 deportees, National leader Christopher Luxon's trip to the UK, the regional impact of Kiribati's decision to quit the Pacific Islands Forum and Act's weekend conference and what it revealed about the party's wish-list if it ended up in a National-Act government. Brigitte Morten is a director with public and commercial law firm Franks & Ogilvie and a former senior ministerial advisor for the previous National-led government. Neale Jones was Chief of Staff to Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern, and prior to that was Chief of Staff to Andrew Little. He is the director of Capital Government Relations.
Australia and the Pacific Islands used to go together like cossies and sunscreen, but things have become more complicated and the relationship has been strained in recent times. So before PM Anthony Albanese and other Pacific Islands Forum leaders gather in Fiji to talk, we're going to go through our connection to the region, Australia's role in supporting Pacific Island nations, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.Recommendations:Larissa: Our Shortcuts episode on the Solomon Islands and ChinaClaire: Fiji's Prime Minister on the Paris Climate Agreement, from Fiji's perspective.
From climate change to geopolitical power moves, Pacific Island nations face no shortage of security challenges which their leaders are expected to tackle at the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum meeting.