LECTURE 1 “Pacific Regionalism: Past, Present and Future”
The Prime Minister of the Vanuatu Government and current Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Honourable Meltek Sato Kilman Livtuvanu, in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, will be hosting the inaugural lecture of the “Pacific Islands Forum 40th Anniversary Leaders’ Lecture Series, with a focus on the Pacific Plan”.
The lecture is scheduled for Thursday 3rd March, 2011 at the University of the South Pacific Emalus Campus Conference Centre, Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 4.30pm.
The event will also mark the launch of the Pacific Islands Forum 40th Anniversary (1971-2011), logo and website, and will be the first of a series of public lectures to be held across the region.
The theme of the lecture will be “Pacific Regionalism: Past, Present and Future” with the Honorable Prime Minister giving the keynote address. Four distinguished panelists will also provide commentary on the speech followed by an open discussion and views from the audience. Panellists will include:
• NGO representative: George Ati Sokomanu, former Head of State of the Republic of Vanuatu and former Head of the SPC
• Academic representative: Prof. Rajesh Chandra, Vice Chancellor of the USP
• Research Institute: JOHN LITCH, Representative of the PiPP
• Diplomatic representative: AMBASSADOR ROY MICKEY JOY, Vanuatu Ambassador to the European Union and Kingdom of Belgium
The event will be held in the margins of the High Level Conference on Climate Change being held in Port Vila from 3-4th March 2011.
The lecture will be broadcast to USP’s campuses across the region.