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State of the Pacific Conference 2013



Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU


Tuesday, 25 June, 2013 (All day) to Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 (All day)

The State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program will be hosting the inaugural State of the Pacific conference on 25-26 June 2013. The conference aims to bring together academics, parliamentarians, policy makers, business leaders, civil society representatives and the media to share and discuss research and policy relevant issues on and about the Pacific region.

As the inaugural conference, the organising committee has taken a wide breadth approach by inviting a number of speakers in order to capture a vast range of perspectives and current research on the three key themes. Likewise, the New Directions in Research sessions are based on the same principles. 
Although the panels are relatively short given the number of speakers, the day two break out sessions provides opportunities to discuss papers and panels in more depth with presenters, academics, policy makers and civil society representatives. Through these break out sessions, we hope to buildnetworks of knowledge, continuing the dialogue from the conference to reach out to the broader Pacific community.
We realise the challenges of undertaking concurrent sessions, therefore some panels and the New directions in Research sessions will be video recorded with the remaining sessions be audio-recorded made available to participants and attendees.
Day One of the conference will open with a keynote speaker (TBC) followed by parallel sessions on the following themes:
  • State of Democracy (including issues such as elections, new states and constitutions), held in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Political Science Association (PIPSA)
  • Challenges Facing Small Island States (including issues like economic development, climate change and migration); and
  • Land (including livelihoods and food security)
Speakers include: 
  • The Hon. Ralph Regenvanu, The Minister for Lands, Government of Vanuatu 
  • Senator the Hon. Matthew Thistlethwaite, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs
  • Mr Peter Forau, Director General, Melanesian Spearhead Group
  • Assoc Professor Colin Tukuitonga, Director Public Health, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
  • Professor Richard Bedford, University of Waikato
  • Professor Geoff Bertram, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Professor Stewart Firth, SSGM, The Australian National University
Day Two of the conference commences with the New Directions in Research session that will showcase about twenty short presentations from PhD students and other new research initiatives. Facilitated breakaway sessions for further discussion and networking are scheduled for the afternoon.
The conference and workshop is being organised by SSGM and is supported by Australian Aid, AusAID and the Research School of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University.
To keep informed on speakers and program updates please 'like' the conference Facebook page.
2013 Pacific and PNG Update
Your attention is also drawn to the 2013 Pacific and PNG Update on June 27-28. This two-day conference, hosted by the ANU’s Development Policy Centre, will discuss and analyse the latest economic, social and political developments in the region.
Day one is on the Pacific island region, and day two on PNG.  The two conferences share the same venue (Hedley Bull, ANU) and participants will be invited to a common cocktail event on the evening of June 26. More information is available from the Devpolicy website.
Registration essential 
To attend please register for the individual days you will be able to attend and also the cocktail party to be held in the early evening on 26 June to close the State of the Pacific conference.

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