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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...

U.S. lawmakers push for Asia-Pacific engagement with flurry of bills

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U.S lawmakers connected some sides of the aisle are coming retired with an array of bills and resolutions aimed astatine expanding the Biden administration's engagement successful Asia, including strengthening ties with Pacific nations and expanding enactment for Taiwan. Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee connected Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia and Nonproliferation, and Rep. Steve...

Politics blocking U.S influence on ocean laws, warns military

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American and Australian national security is at risk because U.S Congress has blocked the Biden administration from signing up to a convention on the world’s oceans that covers seabed mining, say experts including a US commander and Department of State official. Political gridlock had left the U.S unable to join the UN’s Convention on the Law of the Sea, implemented...

World Environment Court proposed at meeting of Commonwealth civil society experts ahead of COP27

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Climate negotiators, small island decision makers and Rwanda's Justice Minister came together Tuesday at the Commonwealth People's Forum to discuss how the coalition of 54 Commonwealth member states can advance climate justice. It's the first time civil society in the Commonwealth has convened in four years at this scale, owing to the pandemic, with the discussion spanning how civil society...

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Alliance launched against deep sea mining

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By Pita Ligaiula in Lisbon, Portugal The Pacific nations of Palau and Fiji announced Monday their strong opposition to deep-sea mining and the launch of...