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GCF Approves US$22.6 Million for Tonga Coastal Resilience Project

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board has approved a US$22.66 million grant for Tonga’s Coastal Resilience Project, supplemented by US$1.2 million in co-financing from the Government of Tonga and US$63,000 from the UN Development Programme (UNDP). This initiative aims to build the long-term resilience of vulnerable coastal communities and transformative adaptation to the direct impacts of climate change in Tonga...

14 Pacific leaders to attend PALM10 in Japan

Fourteen leaders from the Pacific Islands Forum will be attending the PALM10 meeting in Japan this week. This was confirmed by Japan's Foreign Ministry Senior deputy director, Iwasaki Ryuji during a briefing with Pacific media in Tokyo. However, Kiribati President Taneti Maamau will be absent due to upcoming elections in the island nation and New Caledonia President Louis Mapou will not...

Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting to open in Tokyo

Japan and Pacific Island nations will discuss a range of common issues they face during a three-day summit due to open in Tokyo on Tuesday. Japan invites leaders from South Pacific Island nations and other countries once every three years for the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting. This year's gathering in Tokyo will bring together representatives from 18 countries and territories. Japanese...

Tonga’s preparations for Pacific Forum Leaders meeting in progress

Building is in progress for both the venue for the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders meeting and accommodation for delegates, who will arrive in Nuku'alofa before the regional event set for 26 - 30 August. With just six weeks to go, Tonga's government is pushing to finish its preparations. The Prime Minister, Hu’akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni told a media briefing last...

Niue Premier Tagelagi highlights the critical role of Ocean Education in Tokyo

Niue Premier Dalton Tagelagi says Ocean education can be a beacon of hope and sustainability for future generations. He made the statement on Monday at the Oceans Day in Tokyo, Japan, with a message of hope and sustainability. “Today, I share the significance of ocean education in the context of Niue, a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean,” he said. Tagelagi...

French Polynesia President Brotherson advocates for Ocean Education and Sustainable Practices

The President of French Polynesia, Moetai Brotherson Monday emphasised the importance of sustainable development and traditional knowledge in preserving marine ecosystems. “I find it very inspiring that Japan has a special holiday for the ocean. I think this is something every country in the world could draw inspiration from,” Brotherson said in his remarks at the Oceans Day in Tokyo. Brotherson...

Niue Premier Dalton Tagelagi opens first honorary Consul office in Japan

The tiny Pacific nation of Niue has opened its first honorary consul in Japan. The announcement was made by Niue Premier, Dalton Tagelagi in Tokyo. “I am currently in Japan to attend the PALM 10 meeting and to open Niue's first honorary consul. This visit underscores Niue's commitment to strengthening ties with Japan and the international community, working together towards shared...

French Polynesia President Brotherson discusses PALM10 Summit and shifts in Tourism strategy

French Polynesia President, Moetai Brotherson has shared his thoughts ahead of the PALM10 Summit to be held in Japan this week, focusing on Pacific Island collaboration and his country's tourism industry. Pacific Islands Forum Leaders will meet with the Government of Japan in Tokyo for the 10th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM10) which starts today. “First of all, it’s one of...

Island nations fight climate change in unity with Japan

The Pacific islands cover nearly a fifth of the Earth’s surface, and Japan and the greater international community depend on these territories, primarily because of their shipping routes and commercial fishing. These nations are also on the front line of climate change, and they need significant support to weather its effects. An island nation itself, Japan has been providing funding,...

Striding forward together

By Op-ed Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan Japan and Pacific Island countries and regions, connected by the Pacific Ocean and kizuna (bonds), have been and will continue to be mutually indispensable partners. The circle of friendship between Japan and the Pacific islands has been expanded through exchanges in various areas, including in sports and at the local government level. Tuna...

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