New Caledonia’s referendum and the struggle of the Kanak people

president daniel goa

Event details

Coral Bell School Public Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 10 July 2018
2pm–3.30pm

Venue

Brindabella Theatre, JG Crawford Building (132), Lennox Crossing, ANU
ANU Canberra

Speaker

Daniel Goa, Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS), New Caledonia

Contacts

Tanuj Parakh

Since its founding in 1984, the Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS) in New Caledonia has been campaigning for independence from France. Under the 20-year transition established by the 1998 Noumea Accord, the French dependency is moving towards a referendum on self-determination, to be held on 4 November 2018.

The referendum and future options for the Kanak people will be discussed by Daniel Goa, president of Union Calédonienne (UC), the largest member of the FLNKS independence coalition. At the February 2018 FLNKS Congress, he was appointed as official spokesperson for the FLNKS in the lead up to the looming referendum on self-determination.

Mr. Goa will discuss the FLNKS campaign for the referendum, and how the vote will affect New Caledonia’s relations with Australia and other members of the Pacific Islands Forum. He will also outline the FLNKS proposal for a new republic of Kanaky-New Caledonia and economic options for an independent and sovereign state.

Daniel Goa was born on 12 June 1953 at the Haut-Coulna tribe, near Hienghene, New Caledonia. He was elected to New Caledonia’s Northern Provincial Assembly in 2002 and to the Congress of New Caledonia in 2009. In 2012, he was elected as President of Union Calédonienne (UC), the political party founded in 1953 that is the largest member of the independence coalition Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS). At the February 2018 FLNKS Congress, he was appointed as official spokesperson for the independence coalition.

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