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States must step up climate action now, before it is too late: UN expert

States must take drastic action and accelerate climate ambitions without delay, in line with recommendations by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a UN expert said Friday. “I urge the big emitters to make more ambitious commitments ahead of the Climate Ambition Summit in September 2023,” said Ian Fry, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of...

U.S. aims for over US$7 billion in aid for 20-year Pacific islands compacts

U.S President Joe Biden's administration is seeking more than US$7 billion over the next two decades for economic assistance to three Pacific island countries, a State Department official said on Thursday, funds seen as key to insulating the U.S allies from growing Chinese government influence. Washington said earlier this year it had reached consensus with the Marshall Islands, Palau and...

Climate change making Earth ‘uninhabitable’ Guterres warns

Humanity is facing a “difficult truth” the UN chief said just ahead of World Meteorological Day, marked on Thursday – the damage already being caused by climate change is “making our planet uninhabitable.” He laid down the challenge to governments worldwide, to make 2023 a year of “transformation, not tinkering” when it comes to seriously addressing climate change, with meaningful...

China vows its Pacific Games projects in Solomon Islands will be ready in August

China’s Ambassador to the Solomon Islands Li Ming has insisted infrastructure projects for this year's Pacific Games in the capital Honiara will be completed in August. Approximately SBD$1.85 billion (£184 million/US$226 million/€207 million) in funding is being provided by China for the Games, including the construction of the main stadium. Li said that work by Jiangsu Provincial Construction (JPC) and the...

Fiji Media organisations call on the government to repeal the Media Industry Development Act

The Fijian media industry has strongly called on the coalition government to repeal the Media Industry Development Act (MIDA)which first came as a decree in 2010, and stick to the promise they made during the campaign period. In a submission signed by Communications Fiji Limited Chair William Parkinson, Fiji TV Limited Chair Deepak Rathod, Fiji Times Limited General Manager Christine...

Pacific nation’s concern over Australia’s coal plans

Samoan Prime Minister Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa has expressed her concern over Australia’s potential to launch new gas and coal projects ahead of the country’s bid to host the world’s biggest climate conference. Mata’afa told reporters on Wednesday she would have concerns if the Australian government doesn’t ban future coal and gas projects, with climate change one of Samoa’s “biggest threats.” In...

Samoan PM raises concerns over China security precedent

Samoa’s prime minister has raised concerns about China muscling its way into the Pacific but stressed relations with Beijing need to be seen in a more nuanced way. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa is in Australia to meet Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, with the two signing a new co-operation agreement. Mata’afa said Pacific nations needed to be the first point of call for...

Fijian Drua squad to face Highlanders named

Fijian Drua Head Coach Mick Byrne has named his squad for this Saturday’s Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific clash against the Highlanders. Eroni Sau and Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta will miss this week’s match due to injury, while’s it’s a first run-on starts for winger Taniela Rakuro and Kemu Valetini. Emosi Tuqiri (1) is back in the starting 15 as loosehead...

OFC Champions League 2023 draw completed

The eight qualified teams have been separated into their two groups for the OFC Champions League 2023. The draw took place today at the OFC Home of Football – Te Kahu o Kiwa in Auckland. This year's OFC Champions League will be held in Vanuatu in May, with games split between Port Vila and Luganville. It'll be an exciting chance for...

Commission of Inquiry to probe Citizenship Commission in Vanuatu

Vanuatu's Justice Minister John Still Tari Qetu has appointed a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate allegations of corruption within the country's Citizenship Commission. The COI will be chaired by Glen Craig and Christina Thyna as Secretary with Collin Leo, James Steven and Johnny Wilson, as members. The inquiry will investigate allegations of fake citizenship certificates currently in circulation and that...

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