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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’.

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Strengthening Communities and Economies through Sustainable Energy

Energy underpins the growth of every sector of a nation’s economy. It is used, inter alia, for lighting, cooking, heating, cooling, pumping water, irrigating crops, preserving food and medicine, and transport. It is therefore a key resource in improving human development, food security, and alleviating poverty, emphasised in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 that aims to ‘ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’. SDG 7 is closely related to SDG 9 (build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation) and SDG 13 (take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts). Meeting the energy goal is central to the achievement of most SDGs as energy is an input to most human endeavours.

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