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Small Island Developing States

As Climate Change Hits Economies, Small Island States Turn to Selling Passports

Till Bruckner | Posted 07.28.2016 | Business
Till Bruckner

Such economic citizenship programmes, which are being run by several small island states in the region, have raised concerns that terrorists, criminals and other shady characters could buy Caribbean passports to evade justice, slip into Europe and North America through the back door, or squirrel away billions in stolen public money in tropical tax paradises.

Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Onwards and Upwards

David Sheppard | Posted 12.28.2016 | Impact
David Sheppard

The Agreement includes several key elements that are of particular importance to the Pacific region, including recognition for pursuing a temperature goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and a strengthened mechanism for loss and damage.

What Does the Paris Agreement Mean for the Pacific?

Colin Tukuitonga | Posted 12.17.2016 | Green
Colin Tukuitonga

As the gavel dropped and cheers erupted, history was made at COP21. For small Pacific Island nations this was a David and Goliath moment. Despite immense odds, the world made a commitment to seriously tackle climate change by adopting the Paris Agreement.

Looking To Paris For Our Very Survival

Gaston Browne | Posted 12.11.2016 | Impact
Gaston Browne

We have a very real stake in what comes out of Paris -- it is called survival. We cannot allow the Paris agreement to be one that we know will cause us to have a climate that is warming at a rate that is likely to be catastrophic for us.

Our Ocean Is Our Future

Dame Meg Taylor | Posted 12.01.2016 | Green
Dame Meg Taylor

In the Pacific, climate change is here. It is happening now. And it is devastating. As a result, we need our ocean more than ever to continue to protect and nurture us. And now, at the climate talks in Paris, our ocean needs us.

My Caribbean Dream

I. Rhonda King | Posted 11.30.2016 | Impact
I. Rhonda King

Whatever happens in Paris this year, I have a dream, a Caribbean Dream, in which an eco-friendly consciousness arises and sets its sight on the perfect balance between being and doing

To President Hollande: COP21 Is Our Chance For Climate Peace

Christopher Jorebon Loeak | Posted 11.27.2016 | World
Christopher Jorebon Loeak

Sometimes, a crisis strikes without warning. Sometimes, however, a crisis gathers more slowly and incrementally. Climate change is already a daily reality for my people, but without urgent global action to curb emissions, this growing crisis will spiral out of control.

Will Asian Leaders Come to the Table on Climate Change? They May Surprise Us All.

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 11.25.2016 | World
José Ramos-Horta

The climate change negotiations in Paris will represent a challenge for China, India and the smaller nations. The region has a natural and legitimate right to economic expansion.

Welcome to Samoa, An Actual Country

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson | Posted 10.19.2016 | Travel
Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

To save me and 182,000 other Samoans from the hassle of having to explain that our country is not Somalia or American Samoa, or a figment of our imagination, here are ten facts that not only prove we are legitimate country, but that indeed we exist.

Paying for Damage Others Have Brought About

David Sheppard | Posted 09.25.2016 | Impact
David Sheppard

As this article is being written, Pacific Island peoples' are being impacted directly and deeply by climate change.

At the Mercy of Mother Nature (and of Policies of Larger Nations)

President Peter Christian | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
President Peter Christian

Micronesia's geography puts us at the mercy of Mother Nature in some respects but, more and more, we are also at the mercy of the climate-change policies of larger, more industrialized nations.

Palau Chiefs Offer Wisdom in 'Bul'

President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
President Tommy Remengesau, Jr.

Throughout Palau's history, local chiefs have monitored the health of fish populations, and at the first sign of resource scarcity, leaders exercised their authority to declare a "bul," or fishing ban.

Kiribati's Precious 'Gift to Humanity'

President Anote Tong | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
President Anote Tong

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), one of the world's largest marine protected areas, spanning over 400,000 km2, is our gift to humanity.

A Leader, a Polar Bear, and the Shock of Recognition

President Anote Tong | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
President Anote Tong

Climate change is a problem that requires a global solution. And it is a problem that requires remarkable global leadership if it is to be adequately addressed. In spite of the unequivocal scientific information available, many people remain unprepared.

Aboard the Hokule'a: Sailboats, Small Islands and the Stewardship of Nature

Greg Stone | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Greg Stone

Hokule'a is a twin-hulled canoe, or vaka, based on the ancient design of open-ocean Polynesian voyaging canoes. Millennia ago, Polynesians sailed across thousands of miles of ocean and settled the many islands of the Pacific in canoes just like this.

Island Voices, Global Choices: Rising Sea Levels Pose a Serious Threat to Places Like Samoa

Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi

We small islanders contribute the least to climate changing emissions -- yet we suffer most from the effects of climate change. We do not want your pity or your donor dollars -- we want industrialized countries to partner with us to beat these challenges.

"It's Important for Youth to be Involved at the High Level"

UN Women | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
UN Women

Girls are getting education and employment opportunities in the Pacific, but they also face harassment within school and work environments, as well as other social issues like domestic violence. We need everyone on board.

Championing the Development Aspirations of Island States

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

Small Island Developing States share many similar social, economic and environmental challenges, including relatively small populations, limited land resources, vulnerability to natural disasters and external shocks, as well as high food import bills and an excessive dependence on foreign trade.

Why Island Wisdom Is Crucial to Help the World Adapt and Prepare for the Impacts of Climate Change

A View from the United Nations | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
A View from the United Nations

While many countries have been debating whether climate change is even happening or who is to blame, small islands have just had to deal with its impact, from extreme weather to rising sea levels and increasing environmental vulnerability.

Taking Our Seat: The Bahamas On the World Stage

Ashleigh Rolle | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact
Ashleigh Rolle

The absence of the Bahamas at this year's forum illustrates that we as a people need to hold the proverbial flame just a little bit closer to the seats of the people that were elected to represent us on a regional and international scale.

Small Islands Discover their Power in Copenhagen

Anuradha Vittachi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anuradha Vittachi

The UN's Copenhagen climate conference has suddenly become a thrilling place to be. It's the small islands that are making waves here - islands so small that they will drown if action is not taken.