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Palau calls for greater U.S support as it renegotiates bilateral agreement

Pacific Island Palau, which is at the centre of the geostrategic struggle between the U,S and China, called on Wednesday for more US support in building infrastructure and the economy. Palau and two other Pacific island states, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), are now renegotiating agreements with the United States in the 1980s that give...

NZ PM Jacinda Ardern surprises at Pacific Islands Forum launch where leaders warn emitters: ‘Save us and you save yourselves’

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made a surprise appearance at a Pacific Islands Forum event in New York, joining Pacific leaders as they warned wealthy countries they needed to cut their emissions: “save us and you save yourselves”, was the message from one. Pacific Islands Forum countries gathered at the Australian consulate for the global launch of the 2050...

Climate crisis is a health crisis – Fiji PM Bainimarama

-Climate crisis is fundamentally a health crisis. Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama made these bold remarks while delivering his statement at the Sustainable Surgical Systems and Planetary Health event at the Harvard Club in New York Thursday. He was addressing health sector stakeholders across the global surgery and planetary health communities who convened on the margins of the 77th Session of...

Fiji showcase climate financing innovation to drive forward sustainable blue economy ambitions

Fiji is calling on larger and wealthier ocean panel member countries to lead by driving investments in the global ocean economy through cutting edge partnerships; innovations in attracting private sector investments into the blue economy and supporting countries to overcome the constraints that they face. While speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum...

Forum Chair Frank Bainimarama statement at Global Launch of 2050 Pacific Strategy

Our thoughts this afternoon are with our island sisters and brothers in the Caribbean in the crosshairs of Hurricane Fiona. We know from experience the devastation you’re enduring, and we call on the world to rally to your aid. Thank you to Leaders, Partners, Observers, and Members who are here with us as we set course for the future of...

Drowning Island Nations: ‘This is how a Pacific Atoll dies’

Heads of state from Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands have launched a “Rising Nations Initiative” as they race toward solutions to a rising ocean level that will make their countries all but uninhabitable in the coming decades. By Pia Sarka While world leaders from wealthy countries acknowledge the “existential threat” of climate change, Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano is racing to...

Final RWC 2021 warm-ups offer chance for movement in World Rugby Women’s Rankings

With only a fortnight to go until Rugby World Cup 2021 kicks off in Auckland, the final two warm-up matches will take place this weekend. Fiji welcome Canada to Suva on Friday before New Zealand take on Japan the following day at Eden Park, the iconic venue for the opening matches of RWC 2021 two weeks later. Both matches provide the...

OFC U-19 Championship 2022: Four teams to battle for two FIFA U-20 World Cup slots

A place in Saturday’s OFC U-19 Championship 2022 final is not the only reward on the table for the four remaining nations in this year’s tournament. Both victors in tomorrow’s semi-final fixtures will also achieve qualification for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 Indonesia™. The top two teams from the Oceania region earn the right to participate in next year’s age-group...

SG Puna welcomes inclusion of all Forum Leaders at Biden summit

Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Henry Puna has welcomed the inclusion of all Forum members to the inaugural White House meeting with President Biden on 28-29 September 2022. “The current strategic environment has seen growing international interest and partnerships with our Blue Pacific region emerging and it is important we continue to ensure these partnerships are built on genuine engagement...

Pacific atoll nations launch global plan to preserve heritage

Pacific atoll nations on Wednesday launched a new global partnership to preserve their sovereignty and heritage as their countries disappear under rising seas triggered by climate change. The Rising Nations Initiative was announced at an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly by Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano and President David Kabua of the Marshall Islands, with countries...

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