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Tongan Foreign Minister ‘Utoikamanu accepts Chair of the ESCAP 79th Session

Tongan Foreign Minister Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu is the new chair of the ESCAP 79th Session underway in Bangkok, Thailand this week. In her acceptance speech, ‘Utoikamanu said the deliberations of the seventy-ninth session, guided by the theme “Accelerating climate action in Asia and the Pacific for sustainable development” are so critical for the region. “It is an honour to Chair a...

U.S President Biden scraps planned visit to Australia, Papua New Guinea to focus on debt limit talks

U. S President Joe Biden said Tuesday he’s curtailing his upcoming trip to the Indo-Pacific, scrapping what was to be a historic stop in Papua New Guinea as well as a visit to Australia for a gathering with fellow leaders of the so-called Quad partnership so he can focus on debt limit talks in Washington. The cancellation is a foreign...

New UN ‘roadmap’ shows how to drastically slash plastic pollution

Plastic pollution could be slashed by 80 percent by 2040 if countries and companies use existing technologies to make significant policy shifts and market adjustments, according to a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report released on Tuesday. “The way we produce, use, and dispose of plastics is polluting ecosystems, creating risks for human health and destabilising the climate,” said UNEP...

Vanuatu PM confident of defeating no confidence motion

Vanuatu Prime Minister Ishmael Kalsakau has expressed his confidence in defeating the motion of no confidence against him, scheduled for Friday, 19 May 2023. In an interview with the Vanuatu Daily Post Tuesday, PM Kalsakau criticised the Opposition for initiating the motion, considering it premature and irresponsible given that he has only been in power for six months. “I would have...

Cook Islands PM join calls to accelerate climate action in Asia and the Pacific

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown addressed global and regional leaders on Monday during the high-level opening of the 79th session of the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), held from 15 - 19 May at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Guided by the theme “Accelerating climate action in Asia...

The Pacific Ocean must not be a radioactive waste dump

Medical call to Japan to abandon the planned release of over 1.3 million tons of radioactively contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster into the Pacific Ocean As physicians with professional responsibility to promote and protect long-term human and planetary health, we urge the Government of Japan to stop the planned release of large amounts of radioactively...

Climate change must be a priority for FIPIC

Papua New Guinea must improve the resilience of climate change issues that might affect the region into the future when meeting with world leaders next week during the Forum for India Pacific Islands Co-operation in Port Moresby. PNG’s Climate Change activist and programmes manager for Pikinini Pilai, Vinsealhar Nen said we must exercise our nature-based solutions, derived from our traditional...

South Korea to pledge cooperation on Climate in Summit with Pacific Islands

The South Korean government will express its commitment to cooperate with Pacific Island nations affected by climate change during the upcoming Korea-Pacific Islands summit later this month. A foreign ministry official said Seoul's Indo-Pacific strategy unveiled last year includes stronger cooperation with Pacific Island countries in the areas of climate change, public health, fisheries and renewable energy, and the inaugural...

Pacific Islands Forum won’t ‘intrude’ in New Caledonia’s decolonisation process

There is no support from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) for New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement seeking to annul the outcome of the 2021 referendum on independence from France. More than 96 percent voted against full sovereignty, but the FLNKS refuses to recognise the result because of a boycott by the Kanak population amid disagreements over the impact of the...

Pasifika were raided in the lead up to the historic Dawn Raids apology

RNZ Pacific can reveal Immigration New Zealand (INZ) was conducting out of hours compliance visits to private residents otherwise known as 'dawn raids' while the government was preparing for the historic Dawn Raids apology. “It's disgusting, I'm appalled to hear that they were dawn raiding just prior to making an apology for Dawn Raids. To me that smacks of insincerity...

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