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Pacific Small Islands Developing States make a strong mark at UN Ocean Conference

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The Pacific Islands have taken to the global stage to call for more investment for Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water. The ocean is at the heart of Pacific Island life. Alarmed by the multiple dire crises threatening our ocean, Pacific Islands are calling for improved international efforts at all levels to improve and sustain the health, productivity and...

Draw date confirmed for OFC Champions League 2022 group stage

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The final eight teams vying for Oceania club football supremacy will soon learn their OFC Champions League 2022 group stage opposition through a draw confirmed for Thursday, 30 June. The draw will take place at 1.00 pm NZT at the OFC Home of Football – Te Kahu o Kiwa in Auckland, New Zealand. OFC Competitions Director, Chris Kemp will conduct proceedings,...

PNG tops Mini Pacific Games

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Team Papua New Guinea ended the Mini Pacific Games with flying colours, topping the medals tally with a total of 80 medals in Saipan, Northern Marianas. They returned with 33 gold, 28 silver and 19 bronze. Not only did team PNG top the tally, weightlifting pair Dika Toua and Morea Baru were named among the outstanding athletes of the Games. Chef de...

“To continue to serve our Commonwealth family is a true honour and a privilege,” Secretary-General Scotland

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Today at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2022 in Kigali Rwanda, leaders of the Commonwealth reappointed Secretary-General The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC for a further two years to complete the balance of her period in office. https://twitter.com/commonwealthsec/status/1540419295800344576?s=20&t=fgrwXrrzJ34bN-L_JqOl0Q Speaking after her reappointment Secretary-General The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC said: “It is deeply humbling to have been reappointed as Secretary-General of this...

Pacific Oceans Commissioner, Fiji PM bring Blue Pacific priorities to Lisbon

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With the ocean at the heart of Pacific cultures, security and economies, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum and Pacific Ocean Commissioner,  Henry Puna, is amongst the Pacific travellers to Lisbon this weekend. The Secretary General will join the Forum Chair, PM of Fiji Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, who is also former Co-President of the inaugural UN Ocean Conference....

“Intolerable tide” of people displaced by climate change: UN Expert

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Tackling the devastating effects of extreme weather changes and disasters on communities in vulnerable situations across the world will be a top priority, the new UN expert on human rights and climate change told the Human Rights Council. “The huge human cost of the climate crisis is being ignored. We hear of disaster relief, but the long-term costs are not...

Calls grow louder for U.S aid rethink in Indo-Pacific

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Two U.S lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that aims to shift more U.S foreign aid funding to the Indo-Pacific region in response to what one described as “China’s bid for hegemony” in the region. The Indo-Pacific Engagement Act is co-sponsored by Rep Ami Bera, a Democrat from California, and Rep Steve Chabot, a Republican from Ohio. It would require the...

Pacific welcomes U.S vows for more engagement amid Chinese influence

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Fiji's UN Ambassador, Satyendra Prasad, says Pacific nations needed “great predictability” and no “stop-start” in ties with Washington. “Pacific people and their governments would welcome an enduring partnership with the U.S that is there for the long-term,” he told Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies. Samoa's UN envoy said there was a need to see whether a U.S treaty with...

ADB approves $150 million to support COVID-19 Recovery and Climate resilience in Fiji

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved US$150 million in loans to help Fiji recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and build resilience against climate and disaster risks. The loan agreements were signed today in Suva by Fiji’s Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Regional Director of ADB’s Pacific Subregional Office in Fiji Aaron Batten. “This programme builds on...

More U.S cabinet-level officials to visit the Pacific island region

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White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Thursday he expects to see more U.S cabinet-level officials visiting Pacific island countries as the United States steps up its engagement in the region to counter China. Speaking at a Centre for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington, Campbell said the United States needed more diplomatic facilities across the region, and...

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

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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...

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

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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...

Marine and coastal ecosystems most threatened in the world

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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...