Human Rights in the Pacific: Priorities, Practice and Sustainability

The aim of this event – a conference on human rights in the Pacific is multi-faceted. The conference theme is captured in the title of the conference: “Human Rights in the Pacific: Priorities, Practice and Sustainability”.

The conference hopes to bring together researchers and practitioners from across sectors – including universities and research centres, NGOs, community groups, business, international organisations and government agencies.

The conference is co-hosted by Massey University and the University of Canterbury.

In addition to the conference sessions built around the broad themes of the conference there will also be a number of special events including:

  • two lectures from the inaugural Queen Salote Tupou III Lecture Series;
  • a Special Forum on Elections and Civic Participation;
  • a Business Breakfast.

The conference will look at addressing a number of different aspects relating to human rights in the Pacific.

  • Human Rights Theory and Methodology
  • Human Rights, Democratisation and Governance (including analysis and reflections on General Elections, Gender rights, Children, Equal access and Participation)
  • Human Rights And Human Security (Climate Change / Disaster, Migration, Development, Food, Health, ICT)
  • Regional Stakeholders – Promoting And Protecting Human Rights (including analysis, reflections on and practical perspectives from: Regional Organisations, Donors (in particular New Zealand, Australia, European Union and member states, China, Japan), NGOs, Ombudsperson, Community Organisations, Business)
  • Human Rights and Youth
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