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Justice for Mr Price’s human trafficking victims in Vanuatu

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The sentencing of four Bangladesh nationals implicated in what has been dubbed the biggest human trafficking case in Vanuatu as well as the region was handed down this week, after four years of battle in court. The man behind Mr Price, Sekdah Somon, was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment and VT60, 000 (US$511) fine while his wife Buxoo Nabilah Bibi...

Commonwealth leaders come together to respond to increase in violence against women and girls

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Commonwealth Secretariat and The NO MORE Foundation Launch New Guidelines to Help Reduce Violence Against Women and Girls in 54 Commonwealth Member Countries At a special event coinciding with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the Commonwealth Secretariat and The NO MORE Foundation were joined by HRH Duchess of Cornwall for the launch of new guidelines for the 54...

Wisil and Topal strike gold again for Papua New Guinea at Pacific Mini Games

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Toea Wisil captured her second gold of this year’s Pacific Mini Games as she steered Papua New Guinea to women’s 4x100 metres relay success in Saipan. After winning the women’s 100m title on Tuesday (June 21), the 34-year-old sprinter teamed up with Adrine Monagi, Isila Apkup and Leonie Beu to claim relay gold in a time of 45.85 secs. They powered...

FSM gears up for 01 August reopening of nation’s borders

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The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) prepares to ease entry restrictions and accept international travelers when it reopens the nation's borders on 01 August 2022. “It has been two and a half years since our nation closed its borders. I have done everything I can to keep this country safe during this pandemic since 31 January, 2020," FSM President David...

WTO Fishing treaty to leave Pacific Island nations poorer

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Opinion by Adam Wolfenden, Campaigner Pacific Network on Globalisation As Ministers celebrated the conclusion the 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation and an agreement on fisheries subsidies trade rules, 17,000 kilometers away in the Pacific Ocean, eight women were also being celebrated as the first all-women deck crew on a tuna longline fishing vessel in Fiji, the...

10 questions with UN Special Envoy for the Ocean- Ambassador Peter Thomson

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Ahead of the United Nations Ocean Conference, we check in with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean. 1. The rallying cry of the UN Ocean Conference is “Save our Ocean, Protect our Future”. What does this theme mean to you? Answer: You may have heard my daily mantra, “No healthy planet without a healthy ocean, and the ocean’s...

New clear ways for the Pacific- Address historic nuclear injustices in the Pacific

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Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which came into force in January last year must prioritise and address the impacts of nuclear testing legacies on people and the environment in the Pacific Islands. The Pacific- Australia, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands- hosted over 400 nuclear tests by France, United Kingdom, and the United States of...

PNA:17th Annual PNA Ministerial Meeting 2022 Communique

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-Ministers from Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, and Solomon Islands met via Zoom from 15-17 June 2022 for their 17th Annual Meeting, to consider a range of priority issues related to the sustainable management and development of PNA fisheries. Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, and Tokelau were represented by senior Officials. The meeting was chaired by...

Commonwealth leaders line up to support action on ‘living lands’

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Leaders and senior officials from across the Commonwealth have voiced their robust support for a non-binding charter on climate change, biodiversity and land degradation, that would boost coordinated action in these areas among the 54 countries of the Commonwealth. The document, known as the ‘Living Lands Charter’, is slated for discussion and possible adoption at this week’s Commonwealth Heads of...

Ministers call for greater international action to strengthen the resilience of Small States

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Wednesday on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, leaders and ministers met for high-level discussions on how to best strengthen support for the Commonwealth’s 32 Small States. Ministers stressed the need to forge partnerships to mobilise global efforts on the issues affecting small states, such as the persistent environmental, health and economic shocks heightened...

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