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Turn the Tide: SPREP Efforts in the Global Fight Against Marine Litter

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The International Coastal Clean-up Day (ICCD) in 2023 witnessed a wave of impactful initiatives across the Pacific Islands. From community-driven clean-ups to educational programs, these activities underscored the region's commitment to combating marine pollution and fostering environmental awareness. Every year, the International Coastal Clean-up Day serves as a rallying call for communities worldwide to join forces in the battle against...

Taiwan envoy says Tuvalu ties ‘rock solid’ post-election

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Lawmakers in Tuvalu have selected Feleti Teo as the Pacific island nation’s new prime minister, weeks after an election that put ties with Taiwan in focus. Former Attorney General Teo secured the support of lawmakers who were elected last month, government secretary Tufoua Panapa told Agence France-Presse on Monday. There has been speculation that Tuvalu, one of just 12 states that...

Australian pilot kidnapped, released unharmed in PNG

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-An Australian helicopter pilot and two locals kidnapped in a remote part of Papua New Guinea have been released unharmed. The pilot and two Digicel contractors landed at a telecommunications site where they were taken at gunpoint during a scheduled stop near Mt Sisa on Monday afternoon. They were released hours later. “The quick response by our (Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary)...

Ministers approve WTO membership of Comoros and Timor-Leste at MC13

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Ministers formally approved the WTO membership terms of Comoros and Timor-Leste at a special ceremony held at the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13) in Abu Dhabi on Monday. The respective governments said the ceremony marked a historic day for both least-developed countries (LDCs) and a significant step in their quest to accelerate economic and political reforms. Trade ministers unanimously welcomed both...

IMF Deputy Managing Director Bo Li urges collaboration at Pacific Islands Conference

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IMF Deputy Managing Director Bo li has highlighted the region's diversity but acknowledged shared vulnerabilities, particularly to global shocks. Bo Li addressed the IMF Pacific Islands Conference in Nadi Monday, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to gather after the COVID-19 hiatus. “It is a pleasure to join you all for this year’s IMF Pacific Islands Conference, our first in the region...

Wave of acceptances of Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies at MC13 advances entry into force

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Eight WTO members deposited their instruments of acceptance of the Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies on 26 February at the opening of the 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13), putting the historic agreement for ocean sustainability on track for entry into force at record pace. Ministers of Brunei Darussalam, Chad, Malaysia, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Togo, and Türkiye presented their instruments of acceptance...

What can the Pacific learn from the EU Parliament vote against Norway’s decision to advance deep-sea mining

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Op Ed by Maureen Penjueli On February the 7th, the European Union (EU) Parliament voted against Norway’s recent decision to advance deep-sea mining in the Arctic by reaffirming its moratorium position and called for the European Commission and its member states to promote an international moratorium on deep-sea mining. Here in the Pacific, on the 13th of February the...

Vanuatu and PNG to play intercontinental friendlies in new FIFA Series pilot project in March

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In line with the Strategic Objectives for the Global Game: 2023-2027 and following on from the decision taken by the FIFA Council in December 2022, FIFA will implement the pilot phase of the FIFA Series during the upcoming Men’s International Match Calendar window in March 2024. From the Oceania Football Confederation, the men’s teams from Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea...

DG Okonjo-Iweala urges trade ministers’ coalition to boost climate action through the WTO

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At the 25 February meeting of the Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomed high-level officials’ efforts and leadership to boost their actions to address climate change. The meeting of the coalition, which counts Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Morocco as the newest members, was held at the margins of the WTO’s 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13)...

Vanuatu MPs expects to receive up to VT1M for referendum ‘Yes’ campaign, based on work plans

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Vanuatu Members of Parliament (MPs) are expected to receive financial support of up to VT1 million (US$ 8,343) each to strengthen and support the National Referendum 'Yes' campaign. This was confirmed by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Johnny Koanapo, adding that this fund is part of the VT350 million (US$2.9 million) appropriated by Parliament for referendum awareness efforts. Koanapo explained that...

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Turn the Tide: SPREP Efforts in the Global Fight Against Marine Litter

0
The International Coastal Clean-up Day (ICCD) in 2023 witnessed a wave of impactful initiatives across the Pacific Islands. From community-driven clean-ups to educational programs,...

Taiwan envoy says Tuvalu ties ‘rock solid’ post-election

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Lawmakers in Tuvalu have selected Feleti Teo as the Pacific island nation’s new prime minister, weeks after an election that put ties with Taiwan...

Australian pilot kidnapped, released unharmed in PNG

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-An Australian helicopter pilot and two locals kidnapped in a remote part of Papua New Guinea have been released unharmed. The pilot and two Digicel...