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Referendum “unjust and unfair” for Indigenous People of Kanaky

The French Government’s decision to proceed with the third and final referendum vote for self-determination in Kanaky/New Caledonia was unjust and unfair for the Indigenous People of Kanaky says a coalition of nine Pacific Civil Society Organisation(CSO) The CSO organisation also accused the French state of “colonial manoeuvring in the middle of a health crisis” to gain a “premeditated outcome”. “This...

COP26 defined by ‘reinvigorated multilateralism’

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), held last month in Glasgow, was defined by a “reinvigorated multilateralism”, a top UN official said on Tuesday during an online discussion on how the summit’s outcomes will impact climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Glasgow Climate Pact to keep global warming to 1.5C and the other important commitments are a...

PNG Police ready for 2022 general elections, says Wagambie Jr

Papua New Guinea Police are ready to deliver the 2022 National General Elections despite manpower and resource issues next year. This was the general conclusion made by the various divisional and provincial police commanders when presenting an overview of their supplementary orders to the Police Commissioner’s General Orders at the National Election security planning conference in Port Moresby. NCD and Central...

Tuvalu chooses GoDaddy for lucrative Dot tv domain name

By Dionisia Tabureguci The Tuvalu government has announced its selection of GoDaddy Registry as the new registry service provider for its dot tv country code top level domain (ccTLD). This followed a competitive tender process by its Ministry of Finance, in which it sought a long term partner to help it grow the .tv namespace as well as willing to...

Strengthening a nuclear-free Pacific — Rarotonga Treaty 2021 talks

States Parties to the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty, the Treaty of Rarotonga, are advancing efforts to secure the entire Blue Pacific as a nuclear free zone. In their inaugural meeting, held virtually Wednesday and observed by Forum Non-Party Members, the Treaty's Consultative Committee considered how we are faring as a nuclear-free zone in the global context, and discussed...

Tongan MPs choose Siaosi Sovaleni as new Prime Minister

Tonga’s Parliament has elected a new prime minister to replace Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa. Siaosi Sovaleni, 51, the Minister of Education, has won convincingly with 16 votes, to former Minister of Finance and MP Dr ‘Aisake Eke, who got 10 votes. The Interim Speaker Lord Tangi announced the results this afternoon after he first informed King Tupou VI about the winner. The results showed...

Fiji calls for climate resilience to be at the core of UN peace and security

Fiji joined 113 member states of the United Nations who called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), to integrate climate resilience into the UN’s work in advancing international peace and security. This was highlighted at the UNSC open debate on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Security in the context of Terrorism and Climate Change.” UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in...

Australia accused of Pacific climate change con

Australia is wrongly claiming Pacific funding projects with no environmental benefit as climate adaption aid, according to a report authorised by Greenpeace Australia Pacific. The Pacific Research and Investigations Report said Australia did so to meet its funding obligations to smaller island nations and that the nation had “greenwashed” its most expensive climate adaption aid promise. It accused Australia of using...

Australia’s chief of Defence Force visit Fiji

Australia’s Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell will visit Fiji on 15-18 December 2021, his second official visit to Fiji as Chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). General Campbell’s visit is at the invitation of the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Major General Jone Kalouniwai, and is an opportunity to deepen the relationship...

COVID-19: Don’t underestimate Omicron, WHO chief warns

The Omicron variant is “probably” now present in most of the world’s countries and it would be a mistake to dismiss the COVID-19 strain as “mild”, said the head of the UN health agency (WHO) on Tuesday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, told reporters from WHO headquarters in Geneva that the variant was now present in...

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