Public Lecture: UN climate change negotiations – The role and influence of the Alliance of Small Island States
Her Excellency Ms Marlene Inemwin Moses, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Nauru to the United Nations and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).
This event is co-hosted by the ANU Climate Change Institute, theANU Pacific Institute and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.
Note: This screening will feature a pre-recorded interview between Director, Tusi Tamasese and Valerie Bichard.
“The Orator (O Le Tulafale) is a contemporary drama about courage, forgiveness and love. Small in stature and humble, Saili lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village in the islands of Samoa. Forced to protect his land and family, Saili must face his fears and seek the right to speak up for those he loves.”
For more information, visit the film’s official website (http://theoratorfilm.co.nz).
On 7 February 2013, the National Research Institute (NRI) of Papua New Guinea and the Development Policy Centre (ANU) co-hosted a National Budget Forum in Port Moresby. This forum is “intended to support the implementation of the 2013 National Budget so that better outcomes are achieved for the people of PNG” as part of the PNG Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) Project. Of general interest is a presentation that illustrate some of the findings of those involved in the PEPE surveys in PNG and the challenges the team faced during fieldwork.
The East-West Center recently announced a new initiative – the Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) with Taiwan – which is “designed to provide opportunities to enhance the leadership capacities of individuals in the Pacific Islands region and build a network of young leaders who will contribute to lasting people-to-people relationships across the Pacific, Asia, and United States.” Applications for this year’s program are due before 15 March and the program will run 26 August – 26 November 2013.
The PILP with Taiwan initiative parallels the East-West Center’s long-standing Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP).
In her latest article in The Global Mail, Jo Chandler writes that ”Belief in black magic persists in Papua New Guinea, where communities are warping under the pressure of the mining boom’s unfulfilled expectations. Women are blamed, accused of sorcery and branded as witches — with horrific consequences.”
In June 2013, the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) will host a conference on Sorcery and witchcraft-related killings in Melanesia: culture, law and human rights perspectives. For more information, contact one of the conference convenors – Assoc. Prof. Richard Eves or Dr Miranda Forsyth.
A new online tool is available that can help researchers with an interest in linguistics. The World Phonotactics database (http://phonotactics.anu.edu.au) allows users to investigate typological features in over 3000 languages from around the world. This database has been assembled by Mark Donohue and a team of dedicated research assistants at the ANU.
The Pacific is heavily represented in this database, with over 1300 languages coded. This reflects the fact that the Pacific is the global leader for linguistic diversity as well as the wealth of data about Pacific languages that has been accumulated at the ANU over the past five decades.
We invite researchers to make use of this beta version of the database, and to offer suggestions for other kinds of data (esp. social and historical) that could be coded up and so made available for further research and comparative studies.
3.30pm Saturday, 16 February 2013, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Civic [flyer].
Launch by His Excellency Abel Guterres, Ambassador of Timor-Leste to Australia.
“With about 10,000 species living in salted and brackish waters, foraminifera constitute the most diverse group of shelled microorganisms in modern oceans, and substantially contribute to biodiversity. Abundant and sensitive to environmental conditions, they constitute one of the most valuable tools for environmental assessment and monitoring programs…” This publication reviews environmental conditions in the islands of New Caledonia and provides a taxonomic guide to dominant varieties of foraminifera in the region [read more].
“Kastom: Art of Vanuatu presents for the first time the unique collection of arts from this area held by the National Gallery of Australia. In the early 1970s the Gallery contracted an agent to field collect in Vanuatu resulting in the acquisition of nearly two hundred works, a selection of which will be accompanied by other important works from the NGA’s Vanuatu collection.” [image: Chubwan mask 15-17th Century, Pentecost Island].
Australia needs to change its view on some of its nearest neighbours and see them as a realm of opportunity instead of risk, says Associate Professor Sinclair Dinnen from theState, Society and Governance in Melanesia program at the ANU. “The South Pacific should be seen as an ‘arc of opportunity’ rather than ‘an arc of instability’ which threatens Australian’s security and is an aid burden.” For more, read CAP news or listen to “Rethinking the South Pacific“, a Saturday Extra interview with Sinclair on Radio National.
Pacific Buzz (Jan. 30): Fiji elections | ‘Mystery yacht’ | Poverty stagnation in PNG | Cost of NCDs | More
Aid Buzz (Jan 23): Aid and asylum seekers | Tick for seasonal worker program, at last | Commonwealth funding, but performance? | Australia’s ADB VP | More
Small isn’t always beautiful: how smallness undermines public financial management in the Pacific and what to do about it
Prof. Clive Moore (UQ) and Prof. Brij Lal (ANU) have been working to establish a Pacific series in the UQ ePress. The first publications in this series contain two new titles (the first in this list) and the reissue of five classic titles:
- Michael Kwa`ioloa and Ben Burt, The Chief’s Country: Leadership and Politics in Honiara, Solomon Islands
- Anthony van Fossen, Tax Havens and Sovereignty in the Pacific Islands
- Kay Saunders, Workers in Bondage: the Origins and Bases of Unfree Labour in Queensland, 1824-1916
- Paul M. Kennedy, The Samoan Tangle: A Study in Anglo-German-American Relations, 1878-1900
- Don Woolford, Papua New Guinea: Initiation and Independence
- Robert Norton, Race and Politics in Fiji
- David Hilliard, God’s Gentlemen: A History of the Melanesian Mission, 1849-1942
The latest Praxis video discussion is informed by the November 2012 World Bank report on The Economic Costs of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Pacific Islands (with a focus on Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu).