A Sustainable Future for Small States: Pacific 2050 is part of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s regional strategic foresight programmes that examines whether current development strategies set a region on a path to achieve sustainable development by 2050. The publication follows a previous study on the Caribbean entitled Achieving a Resilient Future for Small States: Caribbean 2050, which was launched at the Commonwealth Global Biennial Conference on Small States in May 2016.
The study commences with an analysis of whether the Commonwealth Pacific small states (Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) are set to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (Chapter 2). It then focuses on a number of critical areas impacting on the region’s development:
- Governance, focusing on political governance (Chapter 3), development effectiveness and co-ordination (Chapter 4) and ocean governance (Chapter 5).
- Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) (Chapter 6).
- Information and communications technology (Chapter 7).
- Climate change, focusing on migration and climate change (Chapter 8) and energy issues (Chapter 9).
In each of these areas, possible trajectories to 2050 are explored, gaps in the current policy responses are identified and practical recommendations are offered.