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PINA Statement on the Fiji Government’s decision to totally repeal the MIDA Act 2010

The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) joins the Fijian Media Association (FMA) in welcoming the decision of the Coalition Govt in Fiji to repeal the draconian Media Industry Development Act 2010. On Wednesday, Fijian Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka announced that Cabinet endorsed the ‘total repeal’ of the Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) Act of 2010 – ending 13 years of...

Samoa to host World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2023

The World Rugby Pacific Challenge will take place in Samoa as it returns for the first time since 2020. The tournament, contested by the national ‘A’ teams of Fiji, Japan, Tonga and Samoa, will be hosted in Apia from o3-13 May, 2023. After six consecutive editions organised in Fiji (2015-20) since its rebranding as the Pacific Challenge, the World Rugby-funded...

Pacific Islands Forum Chair Brown welcomes new UN resolution on climate change

The Pacific Islands Forum Chair, Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown, has 'warmly welcomed' the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a new UN Resolution asking the International Court of Justice to provide an advisory opinion on climate change. The ICJ advisory opinion will address the question of where states have obligations to address climate change, and if they...

Interview with Tuvalu’s Foreign Minister Simon Kofe

With Tuvalu Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Kofe, speaking in Q and A mode in the margins of this week’s Pacific conference on statehood and protection of persons affected by sea level rise. The conference features global and Pacific legal experts and is dealing with “ground-breaking work that will influence a legacy for our children and future generations into perpetuity,”...

Vanuatu commended for spearheading UN resolution on climate justice

The Pacific Islands Forum has expressed the gratitude of member states to the Government of Vanuatu for its commendable and wide-ranging efforts that’s resulted in the historic adoption at the UN General Assembly of the call for an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice on the obligation of States on climate change and human rights. Speaking on behalf...

United Nations adopts landmark resolution spearheaded by Vanuatu on climate justice

A UN resolution was adopted on Wednesday that should make it easier to hold polluting countries legally accountable for failing to tackle the climate emergency, in a vote which was hailed as a historic victory for climate justice. The UN general assembly adopted by consensus the resolution spearheaded by Vanuatu, a tiny Pacific island nation vulnerable to extreme climate effects,...

UN General Assembly votes to seek world court’s opinion, in quest for ‘bolder’ climate action

The UN General Assembly will seek the opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on countries’ obligations to address climate change, following the adoption by consensus of a resolution on Wednesday. The resolution was put forward by the cyclone-battered Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu, supported by a “core group” of 17 countries from various regions, and is focused on...

Global Victory for Climate Action: Pacific civil society celebrates historic UNGA resolution on climate

A revolutionary move today as the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a landmark resolution by consensus, calling for the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the world’s highest court, to issue an advisory opinion on climate change. Over 130 UN member states formally registered their co-sponsorship of the resolution ahead of the UNGA vote earlier today, far exceeding the simple...

Fiji to scrap media law for ‘growth and development’ of independent journalism

University of the South Pacific (USP) head of journalism programme associate professor Shailendra Singh said the announcement by the Fiji government that it will repeal the Media Industry Development Act 2010. was expected. Dr Singh said repealing the punitive legislation was a core election platform promise of the three challenger parties which are now in power. “This is a good decision...

Group voices opposition to deep-sea mining in PNG

A group representing communities in the Bismarck and Solomon seas has opposed plans by the Papua New Guinea Government and the New Ireland administration to restart the deep-sea mining project, Solwara 1. The Alliance of Solwara Warriors (ASW), in a statement, said a recent announcement by Mining Minister Sir Ano Pala and New Ireland governor Sir Julius Chan on revisiting...

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