Sunday, September 3, 2017

1) Papuan human rights advocacy association to hold international conference

2) Forum leaders gather in Samoa

1) Papuan human rights advocacy association to hold international conference
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Pewarta: By Libertina Widyamurti Ambari

Bogor, W Java, Sept 2 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Advocacy for Policies and Human Rights (PAK-HAM) of Papua will hold an international conference on human rights on the protection and preservation of natural resources based on local wisdoms.

"It is planned that the conference will be held in March, 2018, in Bali," Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Uten Sutendy, said in Puncak, Bogor District, West Java.

He stated that the committee will invite participants from neighboring and fellow countries, including those who are concerned over the preservation and exploitation of natural resource; spiritual leaders from Tibet, Japan, and Brazil; as well as those representing the largest religion of Islam and Christian.

"We are thinking of inviting Muhammad Yunus as he has been successfully using the local wisdom of Bangladesh as the basis to develop the country, especially in the economic sector, for which he had won the Noble Prize too," Uten noted.

According to him, local wisdoms in Indonesia are the capital of the nation and the world. "We want these wisdoms to be a paradigm of developmental value for the country," he remarked.

He added that at present, natural resources around the world have been exploited by liberalism, capitalism, and socialism-communism, whereas Indonesia has local wisdoms that can be applied to preserve and maintain the resources.

"The indigenous people in Papua and the Baduy tribe in Serang and Banten are the two models of traditional community in which people still hold and apply their local wisdoms to protect and sustain their lands," Uten revealed.

PAK-HAM Papua is headquartered in Jayapura, Papua Province. Its special missions include mapping the customary lands, investigating and solving violence on human rights in Papua through cooperation with the government, as well as speeding up the development program in the easternmost province of Indonesia.(*)

2) Forum leaders gather in Samoa

Pacific leaders have been arriving in Samoa for a week of regional meetings.
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Today the Small Island States Leaders will meet and tomorrow there will be the official opening of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum summit.
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who will be taking over the chairmanship of the Forum, highlighted this week's summit theme of 'The Blue Pacific.
He said it aims to ensure a sustainable, secure, resilient and peaceful Pacific.
"Implementing the Blue Pacific will require a whole of Forum commitment to the benefits of acting together as one blue continent. Above all else it will require a different way of working together that prioritises the Blue Pacific as the core driver of foreign policy-making and collective action," he said.
Tuilaepa already held a bilateral meeting with French Polynesia's Edouard Fritch as a precursor to the Polynesian Leaders Group summit which is also due to be held today.
At the Forum summit most countries will be represented by their respective heads of government.

The secretary-general of the Forum Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor, said she regretted that Fiji wouldn't be represented by its prime minister.
"Fiji has played a very important role in the Oceans Conference. It will play a very important role in COP23 as we go ahead. I would have very much wished that the prime minister woudl have been here and carried the flag with the Pacific going ahead. Now the prime minister will do it the way he wants to."
New Zealand will send a senior minister and New Caledonia will be represented by the caretaker president after last week's failure in Noumea to elect a government.
400 police officers have been assigned to provide security for delegations of the Forum meeting as well as the annual tourism Teuila Festival which is also underway this week.

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