A Sustainable Future for Small States

Pacific 2050

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A Sustainable Future for Small States: Pacific 2050 is part of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s regional strategic foresight programme that examines whether current development strategies set a region on a path to achieve sustainable development by 2050.

The study analyses whether Commonwealth Pacific small states (Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) will achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It reviews critical areas that can serve as a catalyst for change in the region: governance (examining political governance, development effectiveness and co-ordination, and ocean governance); non-communicable diseases; information and communications technology and climate change (focussing on migration and climate change, and energy issues).

In each of these areas, possible trajectories to 2050 are explored, gaps in the current policy responses are identified, and recommendations are offered to steer the regiontowards the Pacific Vision of ‘a region of peace, harmony, security, social inclusion, and prosperity, so that all Pacific people can lead free, healthy, and productive lives’.



Connectivity and Information and Communications Technology

In the last few decades, information and communications technology (ICT) has transformed business management, government operations and indeed social interactions and the lifestyles of individuals. Wave after wave of ICT innovations have spread to every corner of the planet. The level of diffusion and adoption of ICT has, however, varied from country to country depending on the existence of an enabling environment and resources in place to nurture and accelerate the ICT transformation. While the last decades of the previous millennium saw the diffusion and growth of ICTs in developed countries, the opening decades of the present millennium are witnessing exponential ICT penetration rates in the developing countries of Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Latin America.


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