Forum seeks answers to challenges facing the Pacific region

3 September 2012

The complex range of challenges facing the Pacific region, from social isolation to sustainable resource management, will be aired at an international forum at the University on Friday (7 September).

The forum will bring together specialists from the University and across the Pacific region to discuss collaborative action involving governments, international agencies and universities.

Dr Jimmie Rodgers, Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community since 2006, will be a keynote speaker, and a statement will be presented to the forum by Richard Marles, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs.

The forum has been coordinated by the University's Pacific Expert Group and is part of the Sydney World Program series organised by the International Portfolio.

Professor John Hearn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, said Australia's interests were irrevocably tied to a stable and prosperous Pacific region.

He said: "Every country in the Pacific faces critical challenges, many of which can only be tackled through regional and global cooperation. Globalisation, economic modernisation and new lifestyle aspirations have created problems of poverty, lack of opportunity, social isolation and geographic disparity.

"It's vitally important that we gain a deep understanding of what matters to the region we live in, and develop a shared development agenda."

The forum will split into workshop sessions looking in detail at four areas: health needs and priorities, sustainable resource management, education policy, and law and economic development.

For more information contact Pacific region development manager Kate Lollback.

Contact: Richard North

Phone: 02 9351 3191

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