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Fiji shows support for new Forum Secretary General

Fiji stands ready to support the newly-appointed Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFs) Baron Waqa in his leadership role. While welcoming the SG during a special traditional ceremony at the Forum Secretariat last night, PM Rabuka said he is looking forward to working with Waqa. He highlighted that Waqa will serve the region and the Pacific people well, given...

World Council of Churches receives delegation from Kanaky New Caledonia

A delegation from the Front de libération nationale kanak et socialiste (FLNKS) visited the World Council of Churches (WCC), sharing concerns about human rights and self-determination for the people in Kanaky New Caledonia. The delegation included Mickael Forrest, permanent secretary of External/Foreign Affairs and the permanent representative to the UN of the Republic of Vanuatu; and David Wanabo, political officer...

French Pacific prepares for snap elections with mixed expectations

After the surprise announcement of the French National Assembly's dissolution on Sunday, French Pacific entities are already busy preparing for the forthcoming snap election with various expectations. Following the surprise announcement by President Emmanuel Macron, the snap general election will be held on 30 June (first round) and 07 July (second round). Unsurprisingly, most of the incumbent MPs for the French...

G7 countries must deliver on COP28 promise to cut fossil fuels

For Pacific Island nations like mine, the transition to clean and renewable energy is not just a goal but a necessity for survival  By Ralph Regenvanu A few weeks ago, leaders of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) met in Antigua & Barbuda to discuss our next decade of action. This, for us, is the critical decade, no less. We have...

Vanuatu votes to curb political volatility in historic referendum

Commentary by Tess Newton Cain It has become something of a truism that there is no political stability in Vanuatu, motions of no confidence are common, and prime ministers rarely serve a full four-year parliamentary term. Vanuatu’s first ever constitutional referendum saw citizens vote overwhelmingly in favor of greater political stability, especially after three prime ministers held office in a space...

Fijiana in good shape for Japan Test

Fijiana 15’s coach Moses Rauluni says it was a rusty start to the week, with players not putting in their maximum effort as they prepare for their first Test against Japan. However, things took a positive turn during Thursday’s captain’s run ahead of their Test against Japan. The former national skipper says that the players seemed to lack undivided attention in...

Samoa to make historic end-of-year tour of England

Samoa are set to embark on a historic two-Test end-of-year tour of England in the latest move towards a global rugby league calendar on the back of the rise of the Pacific. Officials on both sides of the globe will announce rugby league's end-of-season schedule as early as Friday, with the third edition of the Pacific Championships to also go...

New Caledonia vote reform that sparked riots ‘suspended’

President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that a voting reform that triggered deadly riots in French Pacific Territory New Caledonia would be “suspended” in light of snap parliamentary polls. Instead, he aimed to “give full voice to local dialogue and the restoration of order” after weeks of unrest in which nine people died, Macron told reporters at a Paris press conference. The...

Vanuatu voters support Constitutional Change to end Political instability

Vanuatu has voted to change its constitution in a bid to end years of political instability, results of the Pacific nation's first national referendum showed on Wednesday. A grassroots push to alter the constitution had been gaining momentum since October last year, when Vanuatu churned through three prime ministers in a month. Vanuatu's 52-member parliament is currently dominated by independents and...

King Charles aims to defy health challenges to attend crucial Commonwealth meeting

King Charles will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Samoa on October 21 and embark on a tour of Australia later this year. According to the Daily Express, Buckingham Palace officials are currently reviewing a foreign visit schedule and have initiated preliminary plans for a scaled-down Commonwealth tour. King Charles, 75, who was initially expected to attend the...

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