Small Island Developing States

By Robert Glasser and William Lacy Swing* Climate change migration is reaching crisis proportions. Over the last 18 months
By Robert Glasser Two years ago this month, Tropical Storm Erika, dumped an enormous quantity of rain on the small island
Christopher H Lim, Nanyang Technological University and Vincent Mack, Nanyang Technological University Though climate change
Such economic citizenship programmes, which are being run by several small island states in the region, have raised concerns that terrorists, criminals and other shady characters could buy Caribbean passports to evade justice, slip into Europe and North America through the back door, or squirrel away billions in stolen public money in tropical tax paradises.
The Agreement includes several key elements that are of particular importance to the Pacific region, including recognition for pursuing a temperature goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and a strengthened mechanism for loss and damage.
As the gavel dropped and cheers erupted, history was made at COP21. For small Pacific Island nations this was a David and Goliath moment. Despite immense odds, the world made a commitment to seriously tackle climate change by adopting the Paris Agreement.
We have a very real stake in what comes out of Paris -- it is called survival. We cannot allow the Paris agreement to be one that we know will cause us to have a climate that is warming at a rate that is likely to be catastrophic for us.
In the Pacific, climate change is here. It is happening now. And it is devastating. As a result, we need our ocean more than ever to continue to protect and nurture us. And now, at the climate talks in Paris, our ocean needs us.
Whatever happens in Paris this year, I have a dream, a Caribbean Dream, in which an eco-friendly consciousness arises and sets its sight on the perfect balance between being and doing
Sometimes, a crisis strikes without warning. Sometimes, however, a crisis gathers more slowly and incrementally. Climate change is already a daily reality for my people, but without urgent global action to curb emissions, this growing crisis will spiral out of control.
The climate change negotiations in Paris will represent a challenge for China, India and the smaller nations. The region has a natural and legitimate right to economic expansion.
To save me and 182,000 other Samoans from the hassle of having to explain that our country is not Somalia or American Samoa, or a figment of our imagination, here are ten facts that not only prove we are legitimate country, but that indeed we exist.
As this article is being written, Pacific Island peoples' are being impacted directly and deeply by climate change.
Micronesia's geography puts us at the mercy of Mother Nature in some respects but, more and more, we are also at the mercy of the climate-change policies of larger, more industrialized nations.
Throughout Palau's history, local chiefs have monitored the health of fish populations, and at the first sign of resource scarcity, leaders exercised their authority to declare a "bul," or fishing ban.
The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), one of the world's largest marine protected areas, spanning over 400,000 km2, is our gift to humanity.
Climate change is a problem that requires a global solution. And it is a problem that requires remarkable global leadership if it is to be adequately addressed. In spite of the unequivocal scientific information available, many people remain unprepared.
Hokule'a is a twin-hulled canoe, or vaka, based on the ancient design of open-ocean Polynesian voyaging canoes. Millennia ago, Polynesians sailed across thousands of miles of ocean and settled the many islands of the Pacific in canoes just like this.
We small islanders contribute the least to climate changing emissions -- yet we suffer most from the effects of climate change. We do not want your pity or your donor dollars -- we want industrialized countries to partner with us to beat these challenges.