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)