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Fiji prepares to welcome Forum Leaders to Suva for the 51st Pacific Islands Forum

Leaders from across the Pacific region will be gathering next month for the 51st Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and related meetings from 11-14 July 2022 in Suva, Fiji. Chaired by the Prime Minister of Fiji, Voreqe Bainimarama, the meeting will be an opportunity to strengthen relationships and reset goals and priorities for regionalism and collective action as a Forum Family. "The...

Pacific Small Island Developing States call for stronger partnerships to sustainably manage oceans

By Pita Ligaiula in Lisbon, Portugal Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) are demanding greater action from countries responsible for increased pressure on marine ecosystems at the UN Oceans Conference in Lisbon. They also emphasised that international law, strong partnerships and honoured commitments chart the way to sustainable ocean management. The 2022 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development...

Marine and coastal ecosystems most threatened in the world

By Pita Ligaiula in Lisbon, Portugal Pacific leaders attending the 2022 UN Ocean Conferences this week heard that 'Marine and coastal ecosystems' are the most threatened in the world. Speaking at the “Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems” discussion, Fijian Prime Minister and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum said the region has experienced climate change, pollution and...

Calls on Pacific leaders to stand in solidarity against deep sea mining

By Pita Ligaiula in Lisbon, Portugal Chair of the Pacific Parliamentarians Alliance on Deep Sea Mining (PPADSM)has called on Pacific nations of Nauru, Cook Islands, Kiribati and the Kingdom of Tonga to follow the lead of Tuvalu and abandon their plans for deep-sea mining in their territorial waters. Vanuatu Opposition leader, Ralph Regenvanu made the plea in his virtual address at...

Tonga recognises the importance of science, and transfer of marine technology to SIDS

By Pita Ligaiula in Lisbon, Portugal The Tongan government has joined other countries in the call for the adoption of the “Declaration for the enhancement of marine scientific knowledge, research capacity and transfer of marine technology to Small Islands Developing States (SIDS).” Speaking at the 2022 United Nations Conference in Lisbon, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve...

Alliance launched against deep sea mining

By Pita Ligaiula in Lisbon, Portugal The Pacific nations of Palau and Fiji announced Monday their strong opposition to deep-sea mining and the launch of a 'new alliance' to prevent the destructive industry to go ahead. Palau President Surangel Whipps made the announcement at the UN Ocean Conference (UNOC) side-event, co-hosted by the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and the World Wildlife...

UN chief: national selfishness delaying global oceans deal

Some countries has been holding up a global agreement on protecting the world’s oceans because of their “egoism,” U.S Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday. Some countries — which he did not identify — won’t accept that the world’s oceans belong to everyone, he said. “International waters are ours,” Guterres insisted, referring to all the planet’s inhabitants. The UN chief was with senior...

Threat Of Plastic Outweighing Fish By 2050 Heavy on Pacific Leaders’ Minds at Ocean Conference

Marine plastic pollution is a threat to Pacific Islands people. At the United Nations Ocean Conference 2022 in Lisbon Portugal, Pacific leaders have taken their concerns to the global stage, calling for collective action to protect our ocean. “In line with Sustainable Development Goal 14, our role and responsibility as ocean stewards is to protect our ocean from plastics and...

Calls for urgent action to tackle ocean emergency: UN SG

By Pita Ligaiula in Lisbon, Portugal The United Nations Secretary-General has declared an “ocean emergency” at the 2022 UN Oceans Conference co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya in Lisbon. Addressing delegates attending the conference Monday, António Guterres called for a new chapter of ocean action driven by science, technology and innovation. “Sadly, we have taken the ocean for granted, and today we face...

Fiji making big commitments at UN Ocean Conference

By Pita Ligaiula in Lisbon, Portugal Fiji’s Prime Minister and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum has announced big commitments at the UN Oceans conference currently underway in Portugal. Addressing the plenary at the opening of the UN Ocean conference Monday, Frank Bainimarama said Fiji has the will to put resources behind the most far-reaching transformation in its history. “We have already...

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