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Olympic Games Paris 2024: Defending champions Fiji lay down early marker

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Reigning Olympic champions Fiji reminded everyone exactly why they have two golds to their name on the opening day of the men’s rugby sevens competition at the Olympic Games Paris 2024, beating Uruguay and USA to book their place in the medal quarter-finals. New Zealand, Ireland, Argentina and Australia have also secured their passage to the knockout phase with perfect...

Pacific youth want Australian energy commitments ahead of Pacific Leaders Meeting

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Today, young Pacific islanders launched Our Pawa - a campaign focussed on accelerating a safe renewable energy transition in the Pacific and Australia. A month from the 53rd Pacific Forum Leaders Meeting in Tonga, 350.org Pacific and the Pacific Climate Warriors highlighted the importance of renewable energy access in the Pacific, and Australia’s role in its realisation. Despite relatively negligible carbon...

France rebukes NZ deputy leader over New Caledonia

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France has hit back at New Zealand's deputy prime minister for suggesting a referendum in New Caledonia wasn't in the spirit of the law as it mulls a request from Pacific leaders to tour the territory. New Caledonia was rocked by riots which left 10 people dead, after controversial voting reforms were passed in Paris that Indigenous Kanak people argued...

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders endorse high-level mission to New Caledonia

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Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders have endorsed a high-level mission to New Caledonia. This is in response to the request from New Caledonia to support a long-lasting resolution to the ongoing political situation. Prime Minister of Cook Islands and PIF Forum Chair Mark Brown said “New Caledonia is a PIF Member and we have a responsibility to take care of our...

Fiji, PNG fail to secure UN human rights mission to Indonesia’s Papuan provinces

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No progress has been made in sending a UN human rights mission to Indonesia’s Papuan provinces despite the appointment of Fiji and Papua New Guinea’s prime ministers to negotiate the visit. Pacific Island leaders have for more than a decade requested the UN’s involvement over reported abuses as the Indonesian military battles with the West Papua independence movement. The latest UN...

President Heine urges bold action on gender equality at Pacific Women’s Conference

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Marshall Islands President  Hilda Heine has called on Pacific leaders, urging them to adopt intentional, innovative, and bold approaches to tackle the complex challenges of gender inequality in the region. Addressing the 15th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women in Majuro, President Heine emphasised the need for transformative action: “We must take risks, create new partnerships, and be unwavering in our...

PALM10 and the New Caledonia Problem

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By Rieko Hayakawa On 16 July, exactly two months after the New Caledonia riots that began on May 13, The 10th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM10) was held in Tokyo, Japan. The Government of Japan and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) co-organized the meeting. Leaders from across the Pacific, including New Caledonia, held a caucus meeting in the 'margins' of...

Rugby Sevens set to kick-off Olympic Games Paris 2024 in style

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Captains from the 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams gathered at the Olympic Village on Monday ahead of what promises to be the most hotly-contested and highly-anticipated rugby sevens event in history. Following rugby sevens’ debut at Rio 2016 and the Covid affected Tokyo 2020 Games, the sport is set to ‘come of age’ on the Olympic stage at its...

Pacific Islands welcome development partnerships amid rising regional tensions

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Cook Islands Prime Minister and Forum Chair Mark Brown has emphasised the importance of collaborative efforts with various development partners in supporting Pacific Island countries. Speaking last week in Tokyo, PM Brown highlighted the increasing focus on Pacific nations by Japan, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand due to Beijing’s growing influence in the region. Many Pacific nations, economically dependent...

NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

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New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million (US$29 million) to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners to further develop and maintain the healthy and...

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Olympic Games Paris 2024: Defending champions Fiji lay down early marker

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Reigning Olympic champions Fiji reminded everyone exactly why they have two golds to their name on the opening day of the men’s rugby sevens...

Pacific youth want Australian energy commitments ahead of Pacific Leaders Meeting

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Today, young Pacific islanders launched Our Pawa - a campaign focussed on accelerating a safe renewable energy transition in the Pacific and Australia. A month...

France rebukes NZ deputy leader over New Caledonia

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France has hit back at New Zealand's deputy prime minister for suggesting a referendum in New Caledonia wasn't in the spirit of the law...