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UN launches Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to counter ‘triple environmental emergency’

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Heads of Government, religious leaders, activists and artists joined the United Nations on Friday in a rallying cry to heal the planet, launching the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. It calls for stepping up efforts to prevent, halt and reverse degradation of areas such as grasslands, forests, oceans and mountains, essential to all life on Earth. With humanity facing a “triple...

Cook Islands detects first positive Covid-19 case

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A Cook Islands man who has been on holiday in Rarotonga since 21 May, 2021 has tested positive for Covid-19, after requesting to be swabbed Friday evening. The alert level remains unchanged and the risk to public remains low, government says. The man who arrived in Auckland from Egypt on 05 May, 2021, and tested positive when in managed isolation...

Fiji reports alarming 83 new positive cases; new cluster in Naitasiri Province

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Fiji has recorded an alarmingly high 83 new cases on Sunday, its highest daily figure yet. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the majority of those cases were from known clusters or areas already under containment or lockdown protocols. Those areas include Waila, CWM Hospital, IMT-HQ, IMT Warehouse, Caubati, Navy, Samabula, Shop N Save Supermarket,...

New Samoa Government should be delayed: Fonotoe

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Samoa's Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) deputy leader Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo says no Government should be formed in Parliament until election-related legal issues have been sorted out of respect for the constitution. Fonotoe argues that the only way Samoa can have a constitutionally-aligned Government is to respect a Court of Appeal decision last Wednesday confirming that Parliament should be expanded...

FFA study on marine pollution to boost compliance with fishing rules

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The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is stepping up efforts to stop the dumping of plastic waste at sea in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO). The agency has completed a consultancy study into ways of improving compliance with the rules. It focuses on plastic waste dumped by tuna fishing vessels. Since 1 January 2019, the central fisheries management...

Fisheries Operation celebrates 20 years of protecting Pacific waters

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Operation Tui Moana, a regional fisheries surveillance operation covering the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu as well as associated high seas, marked 20 years of protecting this important Pacific resource. Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Director of Fisheries Operations, Allan Rahari reflected that recognising the contribution of Operation Tui Moana...

OFC competitions calendar rescheduled

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International travel within OFC’s Member Associations continues to pose significant risks to the health and welfare of the Pacific community. Taking this into consideration, the OFC Executive Committee has agreed to a range of changes to the football calendar, including the cancellation of this year’s OFC Champions League. It will mark the second consecutive year that no winner of the Champions...

UNGASS: World leaders urged to take bold action to advance transparency and anti-corruption efforts

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UNGA President, Ambassador Volkan Bozkir of Turkey
The UNCAC Coalition has responded to the very modest advances in the Political Declaration adopted today by world leaders meeting at the first-ever UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the topic of corruption with a call for strong action and leadership by governments truly committed to the fight against corruption. “Diplomatically-worded statements will not help the billions of people...

Fiji Rugby names men and women squad for PacificAus Sports Oceania Rugby SevensFiji Rugby names men and women squad for PacificAus Sports Oceania Rugby Sevens

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Fiji Rugby Chief Executive Officer John O’Connor has welcomed the opportunity for our Fijian and Fijiana 7s teams to play important lead up against tough opposition in lead up to the Olympic Games in Japan next month. Both the men and women’s teams will take part in the much-anticipated PacificAus Sports Oceania Rugby Sevens from the 25th to the 27th...

Langkilde recalled to Manu Samoa 7s squad

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Former international sevens player Gordon Langkilde has been recalled to the Manu Samoa training squad. Lakapi Samoa General Manager, Seumanu Douglas Ngau Chun, confirmed when contacted by the Samoa Observer that Langkilde will join the training squad in New Zealand when his travel documentation is finalised. He said the head coach Vaovasamanaia Seilala Mapusua made the call to get Langkilde to...

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