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30th Papua New Guinea-Australia Ministerial Forum Joint Communiqué

The 30th Papua New Guinea-Australia Ministerial Forum was held in Port Moresby on 19 June 2024 and was co-chaired by Justin Tkatchenko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Papua New Guinea and by Senator the enny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia. Other participating Ministers for Papua New Guinea were: John Rosso, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Lands, Physical...

Track-less Tuvalu sends one-man Team to Paris Olympics

Athletes on Tuvalu train on the airport runway in the absence of a running track, but the tiny Pacific nation will still manage to send a one-man sprint team to the Paris Olympics. Karalo Maibuca will jet across the world to race for Tuvalu in the men's 100 metres at next month's Games. The 25-year-old was flag-bearer three years ago in...

PNG-Australia Ministerial Forum backs PNG NRL and NRLW franchises with $5m support

In a move to bolster Papua New Guinea's bid to join the NRL, the 30th Papua New Guinea-Australia Ministerial Forum has backed the inclusion of PNG teams in the National Rugby League (NRL) and National Women's Rugby League (NRLW). “Ministers shared PNG and Australia's aspiration for PNG franchises in the National Rugby League (NRL) and National Women's Rugby League (NRLW)...

Fiji Rugby Union and FIJI Water announce four year multi-million dollar partnership

The Fiji Rugby Football Union Trust Board (FRFUTB) and FIJI Water has announced a renewed partnership that will have FIJI Water as the major sponsor of the men’s national 15s team for the next four years. This multi-million-dollar deal solidifies the commitment of both organizations to build the strongest team heading into the 2027 Rugby World Cup in Australia. FIJI...

France committed to the reconstruction of New Caledonia – Macron

France's president Emmanuel Macron has written to New Caledonians, confirming he will not convene the Congress meeting on the controversial amendments. Local media reports Macron also said he is waiting for the firm and definitive lifting of all the roadblocks and the unreserved condemnation of the violence and that those who encouraged unrest will have to answer for their actions. Macron...

Nauru’s President meets Fiji’s Acting President Temo during visit to Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Fiji's Acting President and Acting Chief Justice Salesi Temo received a courtesy call from the President of Nauru David Adeang at the State House today. Temo on behalf of the government and the people of Fiji, congratulated President Adeang on being elected as the President of the Republic of Nauru in October last year. During the meeting, the Acting President highlighted...

Forum DSG Nayasi emphasises CSO role in transformative Pacific vision at regional forum

Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), Esala Nayasi, has emphasised the critical role of civil society in achieving regional goals. Standing in for Secretary General Baron Waqa, who was on duty travel early this week, Nayasi extended his apologies and shared Waqa's eagerness to engage with CSOs in his tenure. “Having commenced his term two weeks ago, we...

FSM calls for stronger Ocean protection and Seabed mining regulations at UNCLOS meeting

The permanent representative of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Jeem Lippwe has emphasised the urgent need for decisive global action on ocean protection in light of the climate crisis. “Micronesia welcomes the reports of the UN Secretary-General under Article 319 of the Convention,” Ambassador Lippwe said in a statement at the...

FSM elected Vice President of the UN General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has elected 16 Vice Presidents, including the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), to serve during its 79th session, which will last from September 2024 until September 2025. The Vice Presidents of the General Assembly are nominated by UN regional groups. Micronesia is among the five countries representing the Asia-Pacific region for the 79th session. Unlike individual...

We need a CSO Advisor to raise the profile of our engagement; Havea tells CSO Forum

The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO) has called for a Commission for the formal integration of Civil Society into Pacific regional architecture to lift the profile of CSOs. Board deputy Chair Drew Havea, during the first day of the Regional CSO Forum, said they’ve come a long way through different modality, different level of engagements, from submitting Communique...

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