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ANU  State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program presents

State of the Pacific 2015

7-9 September 2015


When:

7th September 2015
-9th September 2015

Where:

Coombs Lecture Theatre, Coombs Building 9, Fellows Road, ANU

Speakers:

Sir Salamo Injia, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea
Dr John Momis, President Autonomous Region of Bougainville
Ms Nahau Rooney CBE CMS, former Member of Parliament, Parliament of Papua New Guinea
Ms Sarah Mecartney, former Pacific Programme Manager at UN-HABITAT , United Nations Human Settlements Programme
plus many more.

Cost:

Free

State of the Pacific 2015 will take place over three days from Monday 7 September – Wednesday 9 September 2015. The conference is hosted by the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program in The Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. A showcase for research on the Pacific region, it brings together academics, policy makers, business leaders, civil society representatives and the media to present and discuss current research on the Pacific and to explore the vital links between research and policy.

State of the Pacific 2015 will explore ways in which Pacific islanders are seeking to shape their own futures in response to internal and external pressures, and the ways in which Pacific societies, institutions and systems are evolving as a result.

The headline theme for the conference will be to mark the 40th anniversary of Papua New Guinea’s Independence. A range of other contemporary issues will be explored through three other themes:

  • Gender in the Pacific
  • Challenges and opportunities associated with the environment, land and extractive industries
  • Transitions and trends across the Pacific region

Keynote speakers include:

Papua New Guinea at 40

  • Sir Salamo Injia, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea
  • Dr John Momis, President Autonomous Region of Bougainville
  • Ms Nahau Rooney CBE CMS, former Member of Parliament, Parliament of Papua New Guinea

Challenges and opportunities associated with the environment, land and extractive industries

  • Ms Sarah Mecartney, former Pacific Programme Manager at UN-HABITAT , United Nations Human Settlements Programme

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