East-West Center to Extend Collaboration in Pacific Islands Climate Resiliency Program

HONOLULU (Sept. 30, 2021) – Under a new five-year round of federal funding, the East-West Center (EWC) will be continuing to collaborate with thePacific Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (Pacific RISA) program, which is designed to provide information for Pacific Island communities on building resilience to the effects of climate change. The program is funded by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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East-West Center to Extend Collaboration in Pacific Islands Climate Resiliency Program

HONOLULU (Sept. 30, 2021) – Under a new five-year round of federal funding, the East-West Center (EWC) will be continuing to collaborate with thePacific Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (Pacific RISA) program, which is designed to provide information for Pacific Island communities on building resilience to the effects of climate change. The program is funded by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Blue Pacific Alliance Launches $19.8 Million ‘PROJECT Governance’ Initiative

EWC is among partners implementing the 5-year, USAID-funded project to support governance systems in the Pacific HONOLULU (Sept. 28) – Yesterday in Suva, Fiji, the Blue Pacific Alliance launched a five-year, US $19.8 million project funded by United States of America through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help strengthen democratic institutions and promote sound, just, and responsive governance in the Pacific Islands region. (View video of the launch event.)

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Blue Pacific Alliance Launches $19.8 Million ‘PROJECT Governance’ Initiative

EWC is among partners implementing the 5-year, USAID-funded project to support governance systems in the Pacific HONOLULU (Sept. 28) – Yesterday in Suva, Fiji, the Blue Pacific Alliance launched a five-year, US $19.8 million project funded by United States of America through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help strengthen democratic institutions and promote sound, just, and responsive governance in the Pacific Islands region. (View video of the launch event.)

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Sen. Schatz: US Needs to ‘Step Up’ Pacific Islands Engagement

US friendships in the region must be “real,” senator tells Pacific journalists HONOLULU (Aug. 24, 2021) – In an online news conference with Pacific Islands journalists yesterday, US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) said that the United States needs to “step up” engagement in the region in order to help tackle the “catastrophic” effects of climate change, COVID and a variety of other issues. “The US is a Pacific nation, and our leaders need to be more involved in the region,” Schatz said. “I continue to articulate to my colleagues that there are lots of nations and cultures and economies and challenges in this vast Pacific Ocean, and everybody counts.”

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Sen. Schatz: US Needs to ‘Step Up’ Pacific Islands Engagement

US friendships in the region must be “real,” senator tells Pacific journalists HONOLULU (Aug. 24, 2021) – In an online news conference with Pacific Islands journalists yesterday, US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) said that the United States needs to “step up” engagement in the region in order to help tackle the “catastrophic” effects of climate change, COVID and a variety of other issues. “The US is a Pacific nation, and our leaders need to be more involved in the region,” Schatz said. “I continue to articulate to my colleagues that there are lots of nations and cultures and economies and challenges in this vast Pacific Ocean, and everybody counts.”

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US Rep. Case: Preserving Pacific Islands Regionalism Critical Amid Geopolitical ‘Contest of Wills’

US Representative Ed Case, speaking at a press conference held by the East-West Center and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, tells Pacific Island journalists that the US needs to ‘show up’ more in the region. HONOLULU (Aug. 12, 2021) – Amid a regional rift among the countries of the Pacific Islands Forum and increasing great-power competition between the United States and China, US Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawai‘i) said in a virtual news conference with Pacific Islands journalists yesterday that it would be a “terrible tragedy” if the Forum were to split up. Five Micronesian states have announced plans to withdraw from the Forum over a dispute about the regional rotation of the b..

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US Rep. Case: Preserving Pacific Islands Regionalism Critical Amid Geopolitical ‘Contest of Wills’

US Representative Ed Case, speaking at a press conference held by the East-West Center and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, tells Pacific Island journalists that the US needs to ‘show up’ more in the region. HONOLULU (Aug. 12, 2021) – Amid a regional rift among the countries of the Pacific Islands Forum and increasing great-power competition between the United States and China, US Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawai‘i) said in a virtual news conference with Pacific Islands journalists yesterday that it would be a “terrible tragedy” if the Forum were to split up. Five Micronesian states have announced plans to withdraw from the Forum over a dispute about the regional rotation of the b..

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Federated States of Micronesia President Panuelo Visits East-West Center

President David Panuelo visited the East-West Center on July 19 and met with the Center’s president and the director of the Pacific Islands Development Program. HONOLULU (July 21, 2021) – During a trip to Honolulu this week for defense talks with US officials, His Excellency David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), visited the East-West Center (EWC) on July 19, where he met with the Center’s president along with the director of the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), which is headquartered at the EWC. During a recent virtual summit meeting, President Panuelo was elected Chairman of the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders, which normally meets ev..

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Federated States of Micronesia President Panuelo Visits East-West Center

President David Panuelo visited the East-West Center on July 19 and met with the Center’s president and the director of the Pacific Islands Development Program. HONOLULU (July 21, 2021) – During a trip to Honolulu this week for defense talks with US officials, His Excellency David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), visited the East-West Center (EWC) on July 19, where he met with the Center’s president along with the director of the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), which is headquartered at the EWC. During a recent virtual summit meeting, President Panuelo was elected Chairman of the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders, which normally meets ev..

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New Report: American Sāmoa Faces Health Threats, Stronger Storms, and Challenges for Coral Reefs from Climate Change

HONOLULU (June 8, 2021) – Human health risks, stronger cyclones, coral reef death, and coastal flooding are among the major challenges detailed in a new report on climate change in American Sāmoa. Threatened resources include high-value coastal infrastructure and the millions of dollars that ocean ecosystems add to American Sāmoa’s economy annually, according to the report by the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA), a consortium of several government, NGO, and research entities.

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New Report: American Sāmoa Faces Health Threats, Stronger Storms, and Challenges for Coral Reefs from Climate Change

HONOLULU (June 8, 2021) – Human health risks, stronger cyclones, coral reef death, and coastal flooding are among the major challenges detailed in a new report on climate change in American Sāmoa. Threatened resources include high-value coastal infrastructure and the millions of dollars that ocean ecosystems add to American Sāmoa’s economy annually, according to the report by the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA), a consortium of several government, NGO, and research entities.

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East-West Center and Hawai'i Green Growth Local 2030 Hub Sign Cooperative Agreement

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Former Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine Joins EWC Board

HONOLULU (May 7, 2021) – The East-West Center’s Board of Governors has elected former Marshall Islands President and current Member of Parliament Hilda Heine, EdD, as one of the board’s five international members. EWC Board of Governors members and Center President Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke extended a warm welcome to Dr. Heine. “We are honored and delighted to have President Heine joining us on the EWC Board of Governors,” said Board Chairman Dr. James K. Scott. “I cannot think of a better person to represent the Pacific Islands on the board, and to help guide this special institution.”

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Former Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine Joins EWC Board

HONOLULU (May 7, 2021) – The East-West Center’s Board of Governors has elected former Marshall Islands President and current Member of Parliament Hilda Heine, EdD, as one of the board’s five international members. EWC Board of Governors members and Center President Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke extended a warm welcome to Dr. Heine. “We are honored and delighted to have President Heine joining us on the EWC Board of Governors,” said Board Chairman Dr. James K. Scott. “I cannot think of a better person to represent the Pacific Islands on the board, and to help guide this special institution.”

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