The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) current negotiations on ending fisheries subsidies are undermining livelihoods and development for developing and least-developed countries. This was echoed by small-scale fisher groups, civil society organisations, intra-government bodies and Member country negotiators at the WTO public forum on “Catching Development: Acting Together for Sustainable Fisheries Trade”, hosted by the Pacific Network on Globalisation and Handelskampanjen.
Pacific Futures: For the Good of All (Mankind) Maureen Penjueli July 2021 The powerful delegations of empires landed on our shores requesting that, for the good of all mankind, noble sacrifices must be made. For the good of all mankind, they said, bad things must happen here on our shores. In our past futures, they requested to blow up our islands in
By Maureen Penjueli I was invited to write a review of my dear friend Julian Augon’s book ‘The Properties of Perpetual Light’. The task was a little daunting given his book has received the highest praise from the likes of Alice Walker, Junot Diaz, Naomi Klein, Kathy-Jetnil-Kijiner, Katarina Teaiwa, Jonathan Osorio, and other notables. So, I offer a review, one
Global talks on Fisheries subsidies must target big subsidisers not development July 13 2021 Civil society organisations from around the world are calling on trade ministers to ensure that negotiations on fisheries subsidies at the World Trade Organization (WTO) don’t undermine development aspirations of small-scale fishing communities and developing countries – but target those most historically responsible for
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JOINT STATEMENT PCC / PIANGO / DAWN / PANG 1st July 2021 DeepGreen the main beneficiary of Nauru mining trigger Pacific Regional Civil Society groups today accused DeepGreen, a venture capitalist company, as the real beneficiary of the Nauru Government’s decision to trigger the start of a process which could lead to potential widespread seabed mining in 2 years’ time.
“If we don’t understand the connectivity with our inshore, with the land and everything else, how can we confidently say it’s not going to affect anything?” Media release 5th June 2021 This week’s launch of a film documentary, Setting the Boundaries – Voices from the Last Frontier is part of a regional series focusing on calls for a
WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala facing pressure to end fisheries subsidies / WTO image “ A significant 10 steps backward for holding those countries with heavily subsidised fleets accountable and acting to reduce global pressure on fish stocks ” Media release 31st may 2021: Global talks to reign in global fisheries subsidies are failing to hold big, rich and powerful
The Ocean is the living blue heart of our planet. It is our common heritage, but also our common responsibility. We are its guardians. We recognize its significance and its essence as the basis of our Pacific identity and wellbeing. We Are the Ocean. In its preservation, we are preserved. For millennia, our ancestors have held this
By Adam Wolfenden This week members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be meeting to discuss rules for curbing fisheries subsidies that, if currently accepted, will undermine the sovereignty and control of Pacific Ocean resources by Pacific Island Countries. An outcome like what is being proposed will benefit those countries that have already built their fleet capacities, giving them