Reflections on the State of the Pacific Conference
By Mary Fairio
This year’s ‘State of the Pacific Conference’ (SOTP) focused on issues of: region-wide relevance including regional security and Pacific criminology; national politics and development; and issues concerning people and communities including young people and gender based violence.
ASPBAE appoints senior research fellow as South Pacific representative
ASPBAE has appointed Dr Kilala Devette-Chee as its female South Pacific representative in its Executive Council.
From teaching at high schools and universities, to conducting research and writing education policy papers, Dr Kilala Devette-Chee is an individual who has been heavily involved in the country’s education system for the past 20 years.
Provincial land dispute committees sign MOUs
The Provincial Land Dispute Committees (PLDCs) in three provinces signed Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with Magisterial Services and Department of Justice & Attorney General in 2017. The provinces were Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Morobe and Western Highlands. The objectives of the tri-partied collaboration were to fully resource the PLDCs in seven pilot provinces under the Land Disputes Settlement Act, and efficientlymanage disputes and other issues relating to customary land.
PNG NRI signs MOU with Department of National Planning
On Monday, 19 March 2018, the PNG National Research Institute (PNG NRI) signed a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM) to promote research collaboration and professional cooperation between the two institutions.
Women in the 2018 Local Level Government Elections
Since the country’s independence in 1975, women have been contesting the national, local and ward elections. However, despite the large number of women candidates, only seven have been successful in the national elections, with no women in the current Parliament.