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The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2013

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2013 Throughout the year, there was significant debate about Pacific regionalism and the future of agencies that make up the Council of Regional Organizations of the Pacific (crop). A major review of the Pacific Plan outlined new priorities for the region, while summits highlighted the growing influence of Melanesian nations and the links between climate change, disasters, and development. Pacific governments began preparing regional policies on climate, oceans, fisheries, and sustainable development to be carried onto the global stage in coming months as the United Nations (UN) declared 2014 as the International Year for Small Island States. There was ongoing debate about Fiji's role in regional structures, at a time of increasing South-South cooperation and new aid donors challenging old paradigms in the region. With eight Pacific nations scheduled to hold national elections during 2014, the September 2013 poll in Australia--the region's largest aid, trade, and military power--began a realignment of regional relationships with the election of a conservative government under Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (pifs) and other crop member agencies are under pressure from all directions: donor demands, burgeoning subregional organizations, civil society critiques, and concern from some member governments that resources are http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2013

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 26 (2) – Sep 17, 2014

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Throughout the year, there was significant debate about Pacific regionalism and the future of agencies that make up the Council of Regional Organizations of the Pacific (crop). A major review of the Pacific Plan outlined new priorities for the region, while summits highlighted the growing influence of Melanesian nations and the links between climate change, disasters, and development. Pacific governments began preparing regional policies on climate, oceans, fisheries, and sustainable development to be carried onto the global stage in coming months as the United Nations (UN) declared 2014 as the International Year for Small Island States. There was ongoing debate about Fiji's role in regional structures, at a time of increasing South-South cooperation and new aid donors challenging old paradigms in the region. With eight Pacific nations scheduled to hold national elections during 2014, the September 2013 poll in Australia--the region's largest aid, trade, and military power--began a realignment of regional relationships with the election of a conservative government under Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (pifs) and other crop member agencies are under pressure from all directions: donor demands, burgeoning subregional organizations, civil society critiques, and concern from some member governments that resources are

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 17, 2014

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