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The efforts of these extremists failed to subvert constitutional order in the United States, the congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, and the coming transfer of power from Republicans to Democrats in both the White House and the Senate on January 20.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Power of Democracy

Last week, we were shocked by the events at the U.S. Capitol as protests turned into a violent and destructive riot intent on disrupting the solemn process of certifying the Electoral College vote.
There are several reasons why the Western Pacific region has fared relatively well, and important lessons that can be learned from countries in our region's experience.

What We Must do to Contain COVID in 2021 Lessons for the Western Pacific Region from 2020

Compared to other parts of the world, the Western Pacific region has been comparatively fortunate.
The largest pandemic in 100 years swept across the globe, upending lives and economies, and reshaping life as we know it.

2020: A Year of Trials But Also One of Resilience and Hope

Everyone has probably heard this countless times already - 2020 was a year like no other.
The region’s prominence in merchandise trade is expected to rise to an all-time high this year accounting for 41.8 per cent of the world’s exports and 38.2 per cent of global imports.

Sharp Declines in Trade and FDI but Asia-Pacific Performs Better than Rest of the World in 2020

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with increasing trade tensions and an already slowing global economy, have paved the way for the world’s worst economic performance since the Great Depression.
Pacific Island countries have worked with fishing nations to secure crucial protection measures next year for an industry worth over US$1 billion to local economies and employing around 24,000 following global meetings last week.

Pacific Tuna Fishery Protections in Place for 2021

Pacific Island countries have worked with fishing nations to secure crucial protection measures next year for an industry worth over US$1 billion to local economies and employing around 24,000 following global meetings last week.
Localization is a journey and until it is supported 100 per cent by the international actors, it will remain just there – local actors doing the implementation and the international actors coordinating and chances not given to local actors to exercise their powers and their expertise in how to respond to natural disasters.

A Moment in Time: COVID-19, Localization and the Pacific

As COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and international travel restrictions, border closures and lockdowns ensued, large numbers of expatriate aid workers returned to their home countries.
"People are at the heart of Australia’s partnerships in the Pacific. Greater economic integration will bring people closer together, underpin recovery, and build a region that is more stable, prosperous and secure – for all of us."

PACER Plus: Why it Matters Now

The Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus – or PACER Plus – entered into force on 13 December, marking the start of a new journey in which parties will determine and co-deliver their own priorities for increasing trade across the Pacific.
Promoting safe, equitable, and effective access to vaccines is a top priority for ADB’s COVID-19 response efforts. Vaccination programs can break the chain of virus transmission, save lives, and mitigate the negative economic impacts of the pandemic by restoring confidence in people’s ability to work, travel, and socialize safely.

$9 Billion ADB Facility to Help Members Access and Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a $9 billion vaccine initiative—the Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility (APVAX)—offering rapid and equitable support to its developing members as they procure and deliver effective and safe coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.
The program is being headed by Cath Cooksley-Little, General Manager – Marketing, Communications & Tourism.

Pacific Trade Invest Australia Closing The Digital Literacy Gap in the Pacific

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia has opened applications for a new tailored Social Media for e-Business professional development scholarship, designed specifically for businesses across the Pacific region.
At the launching of the Pacific Hub at the SPC headquarters.

Launching The Pacific Data Hub: A One-Stop Shop

Data and statistics about the Pacific are not easy to find unless you know where to look, or they’re your own. Often they can be fragmented, and tangible results from others’ research, projects or development work are hard to compare.