June 5 2021
19:00 Fiji time
Duration: 120 minutes
In this webinar, participants will hear stories that reflect on how the Pacific has been the last region to be affected by COVID-19, and how vaccine rollout is occurring, particularly for vulnerable people.
The closing of borders has had a huge economic impact on the tourism-dependent region. The collapse of the tourism industry in Fiji, for example, has led to massive unemployment and social issues. With a global focus on COVID-19, there is also concern that the climate emergency is being put on a back burner and that, in a bid to boost economic recovery, Pacific island states are being encouraged to focus on extractive industries, including deep-sea mining.
Voices from Pacific churches and communities will be front-and-center as they reflect and speak on the need for a just and safe Pacific in the time of COVID-19.
Mat 1: Rev. James Bhagwan – General Secretary, Pacific Conference of Churches
Mat 2: Mr. Netani Rika – Communication and Development Manager, Pacific Conference of Churches
Opening Prayer: Rev. Dr. Mele’ana Puloka – World Council of Churches President for the Pacific
Greetings: Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri – Deputy General Secretary, World Council of Churches
Mat 1: “Strands from our Mat - Stories and Experiences from the Pacific”
Bishop. Dr. Jack Urame – Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea (Pastoral and Prophetic Challenges)
Ms. Vani Catanisiga – Fiji Council of Social Services (Humanitarian Response)
Rev. Siera Bird – Pacific Conference of Churches / United Church in Solomon Islands (Gender-Based Violence)
Pastor Billy Wetewea - Église Protestante de Kanaky Nouvelle-Calédonie (Self-Determination)
Mat 2: “Reweaving the Mat- A Just Pacific in the Time of Covid-19” – Pacific Issues “Talanoa” Dialogue
Ms. Maureen Penjueli / Mr. Joey Tau – Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG)
Representative - Youngsolwara Pacific (Youth Activists)
Ms. Emeline Siale Ilolahia – Executive Director, Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO)
Rev. Nikotemo Sopepa - Mission Secretary -Pacific, Council for World Mission
Mr. Petero Lalagavivi – Ecumenism Intern, Pacific Conference of Churches
This consultation will also be live streamed on the Pacific Conference of Churches Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lotupasifika/