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Government of Kiribati lifts closure of Phoenix Islands Protected Area

The Government of Kiribati has today revealed its lifting the closure of Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPPA) – and replacing it with what it calls Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) to sustainably use marine resources in the PIPPA area. A government statement said the decision was based on critical scientific evidence and global finance partnerships, to bring significant and tangible wins...

Pacific Island leaders vow to ‘phase up’ climate diplomacy after COP26

Pacific Island leaders said they would "phase up" climate diplomacy to push for follow through on the COP26 deal to limit global warming to 1.5C. As the curtains close on the COP26 climate summit, the future of Pacific Island nations is reliant on the rest of the world’s leaders honouring the final agreement. The COP26 conference in Glasgow has ended with...

Fiji’s Unaisi Vuniwaqa appointed new UN Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security

Senior Fijian Police woman and former UNMISS Police Commissioner, Unaisi Vuniwaqa has been appointed United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Safety and Security. The appointment was announced Friday by UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. Vuniwaqa succeeds Nóirín O’Sullivan of Ireland to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her contribution and dedication. As deputy to the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, the Assistant...

Super Rugby Pacific 2022 draw unveiled

Super Rugby Pacific will kick off at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland where competition new-comers Moana Pasifika will fittingly host the inaugural match of a new era, against the Brumbies, on Friday 18 February 2022. The birth of Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua, whose first match will be away to the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday...

Flying Fijians go down fighting

It was a great effort displayed by the Vodafone Flying Fijians despite going down 38-23 against Wales in their second Northern Tour test match at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff this morning. The Flying Fijians kicked off the match on a high note. Four minutes into the game and Captain Waisea Nayacalevu got the opening try for the national team...

COP26 keeps 1.5C alive and finalises Paris Agreement

COP26 has  concluded in Glasgow  Saturday with nearly 200 countries agreeing the Glasgow Climate Pact to keep 1.5C alive and finalise the outstanding elements of the Paris Agreement. Climate negotiators ended two weeks of intense talks on Saturday with consensus on urgently accelerating climate action. The Glasgow Climate Pact, combined with increased ambition and action from countries, means that 1.5C remains...

Glasgow climate talks spill over to Saturday

By Pita Ligaiula in Glasgow Negotiations to reach a climate deal at a the Climate Change summit in Glasgow will continue Saturday, after a Friday deadline passed without an agreement. Delegates from nearly 200 nations are tasked with keeping alive the 2015 Paris goal of limiting temperature rises to 1.5C, as warming-driven disasters hit around the world. Sticking points include phasing out...

Pacific negotiators outnumbered at COP26, Fiji PM not happy with UKCOP draft text

By Pita Ligaiula in Glasgow Pacific Island negotiators are outnumbered by fossil fuel reps at COP26 by more than 12 to 1. Forum Chair and Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama expressed his concern as the world attempts to hammer an agreement on the UK COP26 final text before the meeting wraps up Friday. “We’re team David — fighting for our children’s future...

Time running out as negotiators scramble to finalise the UK COP26 Agreement

By Pita Ligaiula in Glasgow Time is running out for COP26 negotiators to finalise an agreement as the climate change meeting wraps up Friday in Glasgow. COP26 President Alok Sharma said there is still a lot more work to be done. “And COP26 is scheduled to close at the end of tomorrow. So time is running out. “As I speak, my Ministerial co-facilitators,...

Commonwealth SG calls on world leaders to close the gap in COP26 negotiations

By Pita Ligaiula in Glasgow Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has appealed to world leaders to close the gap on climate change negotiations as most vulnerable countries depends on it. Addressing the High-level segment at the COP26 in Glasgow, Patricia Scotland said closing the gap between what we know needs to happen, and what is actually happening, falls to each of us. “We...

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