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Why it’s time to give back to the ocean

By helping the ocean to recover, we can create a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous future for all. By Marco Lambertini, Special Envoy to WWF International  The ocean is a vital part of our planetary life-support system, covering 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and producing half of the oxygen we breathe – it makes the planet habitable. It also...

World on ‘thin ice’ as UN climate report gives stark warning

Humanity still has a chance, close to the last, to prevent the worst of climate change’s future harms, a top United Nations panel of scientists said Monday. But doing so requires quickly slashing nearly two-thirds of carbon pollution by 2035, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said. The United Nations chief said it more bluntly, calling for an end to...

AOSIS: Small island states facing life-threatening risks

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) is calling on the international community to assist vulnerable countries by closing the gap between climate promises and delivery. This follows the release of the Synthesis Report of the International Panel of Climate Change’s (IPCC) 6th Assessment Cycle, which revealed that small island developing states will face life threatening risks if global warming...

U.S envoy slams disinformation over Solomons ‘plot’

A White House envoy on Tuesday decried “disinformation and smears” about the United States' motives in the Solomon Islands, after his meeting with the country's pro-China leader was overshadowed by unsubstantiated rumors of dark plots and geopolitical intrigue. Veteran U.S diplomat Kurt Campbell visited the Solomons' capital Honiara as part of Washington's effort to counter growing Chinese political, economic and...

Indigenous Peoples from 34 nations call for total ban on deep sea mining

Indigenous activists have made clear that they don’t give their consent to deep sea mining. In a petition presented Monday to the International Seabed Authority (ISA), over 1,000 signatories from 34 countries and 56 Indigenous groups called for a total ban on this destructive industry. Addressing the delegates of the ISA, Hawaiian Indigenous speaker and activist Solomon Kaho’ohalahala, offered the delegates...

Global inertia on climate change is creating severe gap for development of Small Islands Developing States

The Synthesis of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Cycle confirms life-threatening risks to small island developing States, and challenges to sustainable development, if warming is not limited to 1.5°C. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s foremost climate science body convened by the United Nations, has released the Synthesis Report of its 6th Assessment Cycle in which it reveals...

Solomons to send 80 athletes to China for Pacific Games training

Dozens of athletes from the Solomon Islands will train in China for three months to sharpen their competitiveness for the Pacific Games in November, underlining the intention of both countries to make the sporting event a showcase of Chinese-Pacific cooperation. China is covering more than half the cost of the quadrennial games that will be staged in the Solomon Islands...

Call it the ‘Pacific Games’

Solomon Islands will host the region’s biggest ever sporting event, the 17th edition of the Pacific Games in Honiara this year (2023). The Pacific Games (formerly known as the South Pacific Games or SPG) was established in the 1960s by the then South Pacific Games Council (now the Pacific Games Council) with the vision to promote a unique, friendly world-class...

Pacific leader calls for European Union-style free movement across the region

Australia and New Zealand should make good on their rhetoric of being part of a “Pacific family” by creating a European Union-style common market in which people could move and work freely across the region, Samoan Prime Minister Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa says. Mata’afa, who will meet with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Canberra on Wednesday, acknowledged her idea was “very...

Panuelo gears up for leadership transfer; candidates for FSM president named

After losing his bid for another term, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President David Panuelo has begun preparing for the leadership turnover to his successor, who will be elected by the 23rd FSM Congress on 11 May. Based on unofficial results of the 07 March elections, four at-large senators from all four states are listed as eligible candidates for the...

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