The island communities in the Pacifc contribute very little to global carbon emissions, yet they are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Dr Colin Tukuitonga, a general practitioner by training, was born and raised on Niue Island in the Pacifc. He...
This Defence Assessment draws on extensive research and 8 months of New Zealand and South Pacific-based discussions on climate change and security with officials from countries across the Pacific, as well as with academics and civil society from across New Zealand and the Pacific region....
The South Pacific is becoming a more strategically crowded and contested space. But, despite the strong aid and defence relations Australia maintains with the island states, there’s been little attention given to date to the role of Australia’s private sector in the Pacific islands region....
Climate disruption and its consequences are an emerging public health crisis. While much emphasis is placed on adaptation and mitigation, there is no long‐term plan to support those who face environmental displacement.
Australia has no significant history of temporary or “guest” worker programs. This means it effectively has a policy “blank slate”. We can learn from the well-documented pitfalls of programs elsewhere and develop a temporary labour migration program that is global best practice.
This guide is a practical resource to assist Australian-based researchers and Australian and international development organisations. The guide is designed to support good practice for research partnerships with Churches in the Pacific, where the aim of the research is to generate evidence that influences policy...
This discussion paper examines the relationship between Australia and New Zealand and what this means for cooperation in the Pacific Islands region.
Much of the health research on climate change in the Pacific is dominated by the vulnerability of ecosystems and only recently have mental health impacts of climate change been recognised by public health experts. Although the research is still limited, it is projected that disruption...
Very few people in the Pacific region will be unmarked by climate change, particularly as half the population live within 1.5 kilometres of the ocean. Noticeable rises in sea-level, more frequent cyclones and floods, and changes to seasonal weather are attributable to climate change in...
In addition to their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), the Paris Agreement invited countries to submit long term low GHG emissions development strategies (LT-LEDS) by 2020. These strategies will provide countries with the opportunity to address three pressing and interrelated policy areas; ambitious GHG mitigation, adaptation...
This report examines the development of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11), including an overview of the agreement, suspended provisions and the anticipated outcomes and benefits.
The effects of global warming and climate disruption are only two of a series of issues facing Pacific Island nations. Increasing GHGs and planetary temperatures, rising sea levels and extreme weather events are potentially catastrophic for these low-lying islands.
The Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, delivered this address at the Lowy Institute in Sydney on Thursday, 30 August 2018.
Climate change is affecting Pacific life in significant and complex ways. Human mobility is shaped by climate change and is increasingly positioned by international agencies, policymakers, and governments as having an important role in both climate change adaptation and human development. We consider the potential...
The Pacific aid map is an analytical tool designed to enhance aid effectiveness in the Pacific by improving coordination and accountability of foreign aid through enhanced transparency of aid flows.
This analysis argues there is a need for an integrated and strategic perspective to achieve comprehensive and cohesive policymaking and implementation to enhance the security and stability of the Pacific as a strategic priority for Australia.
The United States and many other Western powers, including Australia, are starting to get concerned about the growing influence of the Chinese in the Pacific region.
This article examines four key areas of concern that will have to be dealt with if an effective policy on climate change-induced migration is to be developed.
This paper analyses the role of industrialised countries, specifically Australia and New Zealand, and their efforts and policies aimed at assisiting vulnerable Pacific island communities over any future climate-induced migration.