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Legislative processes explained to Pacific Island MPs

China's top legislature held a seminar on Tuesday with representatives from five Pacific Island countries on the practice of democracy in legislation, policymaking and social governance, with exchanges of ideas on how to better serve the people and promote development in a democratic way. A total of 21 parliamentary representatives from Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and...

Fiji PM Rabuka challenges U.S and China to pursue global peace

Fiji's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says he challenged the United States of America and China to promote global peace. Speaking in Parliament, Rabuka said he made the approach during his recent attendance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in the U.S. Rabuka revealed that he encouraged the two leaders to work together. He said the two superpowers have been at loggerheads...

World Rugby HSBC Sevens Challenger 2024 schedule announced

Details of the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Challenger 2024 have been announced with three rounds taking place over three continents between January and May, providing a clear promotion pathway to reach the pinnacle HSBC SVNS in 2025. The top four placed men’s and women’s World Rugby HSBC Sevens Challenger 2024 teams, based on cumulative series points at the conclusion of...

Australia continues to shoot gold in archery

Australian archers have proven their marksmanship again as they bagged gold medals during the second day of archery at DC Park on Wednesday. Australian Olympian Ryan Tyack bagged gold, Peter Boukouvalas settled for silver and Tahitian Jean-Pierre Winkelstroeter won bronze in the men’s single 720 round 70m recurve bow. In a double win for Tyack, he and Australian teammate Laura Paeglis...

Vanuatu’s president issues ultimatum to MPs

Vanuatu's President Nikenike Vurobaravu issues an ultimatum to MPs, telling them they have until 2pm local time today to resolve the political instability that is rocking the country. RNZ Pacific correspondent Hilaire Bule said reliable sources from both the government and the opposition said Vurobaravu on Tuesday summoned Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and the leaders of all political parties in...

Fiji PM to attend COP 28 Meeting in Dubai

Fiji's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has confirmed his attendance to attend the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next week. The Leader of Government conceded to attending the meeting in Dubai, after the Speaker of Parliament Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu and the Leader of the Opposition Inia Seruiratu pleaded with the Prime Minister to attend the...

Time for talk over- we need to see the results: Forum SG Puna told Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Henry Puna has bluntly told the Seventh Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development in Suva Tuesday, that the time for ‘talk and discussions’ are over. “We need to be working towards meaningful partnerships that will deliver the results that we need to see.” “It is crucial that we translate our decisions into actions that bring about genuine...

UN agencies urge action to safeguard maternal, child health amidst climate crisis

UN agencies on Tuesday issued an urgent call for action, emphasising the severe health risks faced by pregnant women, babies and children due to worsening climate catastrophes. In Protecting maternal, newborn and child health from the impacts of climate change, the World Health Organisation (WHO), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) jointly underscore the neglect, underreporting, and...

Sovereign rights not enough, regional cooperation needed for deep-sea mining: TIS

There needs to be a regional approach to deep-sea mining, as opposed to relying solely on the sovereign rights of individual nations, given the transboundary risks such activities can pose to the Pacific Ocean, says a Cook Islands environmental group. Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) has welcomed a decision by the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ for greater regional dialogue and cooperation...

‘Vulnerable’ Pacific countries must get maximum benefit from ‘loss and damage’ fund, Australian climate minister says

Australia’s climate minister, Chris Bowen, says Pacific nations and other countries vulnerable to climate catastrophe should be the major beneficiaries of “loss and damage” funding, and a broader range of countries should bankroll the international effort along with the private sector. Bowen used a speech to a foreign policy thinktank on Tuesday night to signal Australia’s position ahead of Cop28,...

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