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Majority of countries argue Israel violated international law in last historic hearing at UN court

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The United Nations’ highest court on Monday wrapped up historic proceedings into the legality of Israel’s 57-year occupation of lands sought by Palestinians for a future state, with most voices at the hearing arguing against the Israeli government. Over six days, the International Court of Justice heard from an unprecedented number of countries and the majority argued Israel was violating...

Pacific at WTO-MC13: Although we are small, our voice is mighty

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Q&A with Natalia Patternot, Solomon Islands Head of Delegation to the WTO-MC13, Director of External Trade, Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade. This is my third Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation. When it comes to multilateral trade, it is so important with regards to providing predictability and transparency for our private sector, with trade rules...

Ministerial statement at MC13 outlines concrete action to tackle plastics pollution

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A ministerial statement circulated by the six co-coordinators of the Dialogue on Plastics Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade (DPP) — Australia, Barbados, China, Ecuador, Fiji and Morocco — Tuesday at the 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13) outlines trade-related actions to address the environmental, health and economic impacts of plastics pollution. The statement proposes a series of actions to curb trade...

Pacific Ministers lead charge against unfair fishing subsidies

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Pacific Trade Ministers, including Fiji’s Minister for Trade Manoa Kamikamica, are demanding an end to unjust subsidies fueling illegal fishing. Amidst intense discussions on longstanding disputes over fishery subsidies, Kamikamica stressed the critical juncture at MC 13 to solidify an agreement initiated during MC 12 in Geneva two years ago, now known as “Wave Two.” The fisheries agreement sets its sights...

New fisheries tax for PNG : Trade Minister Maru

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The country will introduce an export tax for fishing companies using unprocessed fish from PNG waters from July, says International, Trade and Investment Minister Richard Maru. “We own the resources, but we keep being used because we have no capacity and we have never really had a vision to rise up,” he said. “We have been used and larger fishing nations...

Pacific Nations Cup 2024 set to level up global competitiveness as new brand, format and fixtures are announced

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World Rugby has today unveiled the vibrant new brand, format and fixtures for the reimagined Pacific Nations Cup, a six-team annual competition featuring Canada, Fiji, Japan, Samoa, Tonga, and USA designed to expand rugby’s reach and accelerate competitiveness within a new global competition structure. Rugby fans can mark the dates for an exciting annual men’s international competition when the Pacific...

Australian Government and Rugby Australia announce $14.2 million Pacific partnership

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The Australian Government and Rugby Australia will partner to deliver a four-year $14.2 million (US$9.29 million) investment to support high-performance Rugby Union across the Pacific through the Australian-Pacific Rugby Union Partnership (APRUP), bringing the region closer together through a shared love of rugby. Funded through the Australian Government’s PacificAus Sports program, APRUP will create pathways to increase Pacific representation in...

Fiji and Moana Pasifika win in first round of Oceania Rugby U20s Challenge

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The Oceania Rugby U20s Challenge got off to a roaring start at North Harbour Stadium, with the Junior Moana Pasifika and the Fiji U20s securing victories in Round One. Fans came out in large numbers to support their teams, providing a vibrant atmosphere with perfect conditions that made for an entertaining night of rugby. Moana Pasifika U20s defeated Junior Manu Samoa...

Traditional leaders gather in Fiji to discuss the Pacific Traditional Leaders Forum 2024

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This week marks a historic occasion as traditional leaders from Aotearoa New Zealand, Fiji, Hawai’i, and Samoa are converging in Suva, Fiji, to reignite ancestral ties and lay the groundwork for the inaugural Pacific Traditional Leaders Forum 2024. This pivotal meeting will include discussions about the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) in Honolulu, Hawai’i, from 06 –...

Fiji’s Deputy PM Kamikamica outlines priorities at WTO Conference

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Fiji's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Manoa Kamikamica has outlined Fiji's priorities at the 13th Ministerial Conference(MC13) of the World Trade Organisation(WTO) in Abu Dhabi. “I bring to this 13th Ministerial Conference, the aspirations of the Fijian people, who, despite the trials and tribulations, rely on the interconnectedness of our global trade community and the rules that keep...

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Vanuatu Electoral Commission prepares for referendum with new regulation order

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French Senate endorses delay for New Caledonia’s provincial elections

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Marshall Islands wants nuclear weapons ban pact amended

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The Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands may formally seek an amendment of a U.N treaty banning nuclear weapons, before it considers acceding to...