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Global survey reveals ‘truly astonishing’ consensus for stronger climate action

The overwhelming majority of people around the world want an end to geopolitical differences when it comes to fighting climate change, the results of a landmark public opinion poll conducted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has shown. Peoples’ Climate Vote 2024, the biggest ever standalone public opinion survey on climate change, also showed that 80 per cent of the...

Yap to begin canvassing votes for 31 May political status referendum

The Yap Election Commission in the Federated States of Mironesia (FSM) on Friday will begin tabulating the ballots cast during the 31 May referendum related to the island state’s political status. Yap voters were asked to answer the question: “Shall the State of Yap commence a review of its political status?” Officials said the ballot boxes from off-island have arrived at...

GEF Council approves more than $700 million for vast environmental needs

Global Environment Facility member countries has approved US$736.4 million in funding, including new support for the Great Green Wall, a landmark initiative focused on increasing climate resilience and improving land health across Africa’s Sahel region. The diverse package of financing includes the new Global Biodiversity Framework Fund’s first three approved projects, less than a year after the fund’s launch, and...

Rufino Varea appointed Regional Director of PICAN

Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) has appointed Rufino Varea as its new Regional Director. Hailing from Oinafa Village in Rotuma, Rufino Varea brings extensive experience in marine ecotoxicology and environmental risk assessment to the role. Varea’s career began with recognition as the inaugural recipient of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) – Development Research for Oceania Pipeline Award. He also completed a...

Australia boosting aid to Papua New Guinea for landslide recovery and security

Australia will provide a further AUD$2 million (US$1.3 million) to support reconstruction efforts in Papua New Guinea after last month’s deadly landslide, the government said Thursday. The South Pacific nation off Australia’s northern coast is still struggling with the aftermath of the disaster in Enga province in its mountainous interior, which the United Nations estimated killed 670 villagers and immediately...

Fiji Military Forces takes responsibility for patrol boat Puamau grounding: Commander Kalouniwai

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) takes full responsibility for the running aground of the $20million (US$10 million) RFNS Puamau, says Commander Major General Ro Jone Kalouniwai. Major-General Kalouniwai said this despite the vessel being under the responsibility of the Fiji Navy. “At the end of the day, we will always be responsible for the high value assets we have,”...

Sinalei preps up to host King Charles in Samoa

The Sinalei Resort in Siumu is continuing preparations to host the head of the Commonwealth and British Monarch King Charles III. He will be part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in October. Security checks at the hotel are still ongoing, Samoa Observer can reveal. There were speculations about the arrival of the King following an official statement from...

OPINION: Small Island Developing States need finance to tackle climate crisis

By Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth In the last few weeks, sadly more than 100 people have died from oppressive heat in India. In Africa, while some countries are experiencing torrential rains, others are suffering from terrible droughts. At the recent Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting in Geneva, collectively we considered how climate change is increasing the incidence of vector-borne diseases...

Fijiana secure historic victory over Japan, focused on next challenge

In a turnaround performance from last week, the Fijiana XV redeemed themselves with a convincing 24-15 victory over Japan at Churchill Park last night. The win is also their first ever against Japan in history. The Fijiana squad exhibited a stark improvement in their performance, showcasing a more clinical and also matching the Sakura XV. From the onset, Fiji displayed their intent...

NRL wants me to stay out of PNG discussions: Olam

Justin Olam feels rugby league powerbrokers have not consulted him about the Papua New Guinea expansion bid for fear he will warn against fast-tracking the team's entry into the NRL. The premiership-winning PNG international says he is in favour of establishing a first-grade team in his homeland, but only after "a couple of years" investing in a proper pathways system. “No...

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Yap narrowly votes for political status review; constitutional change in the offing

Yap voters gave the nod to a review of the state’s political status, a decision that would commence the process for Yap’s constitutional amendment...

Security expert calls for unity against “Polycrisis” at Pacific Security Conference

The director of the Pacific Security College Professor Dave Peebles, has addressed one of the urgent security challenges confronting the Pacific. And Professor Peebles shared...

Fiji PM Rabuka says unified response needed for security challenges facing the region

Fijian Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has called for urgent collective action to address the complex “polycrisis” threatening the Blue Pacific. “Seeing everyone here highlights the...