A new campaign seeks to change the image of Pacific Islanders as passive victims to warriors of peace against climate change.
“We will draw on our cultural truths and use that in this fight against the fossil fuel industry” Photo by Navneet Narayan for 350.org
Nine APEC countries including Australia have agreed on a framework to eliminate tariffs as soon as possible. US president Barack Obama announced that the leaders of nine Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation countries have reached a broad agreement on the free-trade pact - known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - in the Hawaiian capital, Honolulu. The pact sets out to eliminate all tariffs and introduce new uniform labour and intellectual property standards across the Asia-Pacific. The leaders are aiming to finalise the deal next year. “With nearly 500 million consumers between us, there is so much more we can do together,” Mr Obama said after the meeting of TPP leaders, ahead of the official APEC summit. “Together we can boost exports and create more goods available for our consumers, create new jobs and compete and win in future markets. “I’m confident we can get this done.” The pact is a centrepiece of the Obama administration’s project of cementing America’s role in the Asia-Pacific region, which it believes could secure the country’s economic future.
I’ve been kind of in mourning during Obama’s visit. Nothing against him, but a USA President talking about Pacific power is what it is. War games much?