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COP27: $3.1 billion plan to achieve early warning systems for all by 2027

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With climate-related disasters displacing more people than conflict, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday unveiled the details of his plan to ensure everyone on the planet is protected by early warning systems within the next five years. The Executive Action Plan for the Early Warnings for All initiative, calls for initial new targeted investments of US$3.1 billion between 2023 and...

‘Cooperate or perish’: At COP27 UN chief calls for Climate Solidarity Pact, urges tax on oil companies to finance loss and damage

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At the opening of the two-day Climate Implementation Summit at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, António Guterres called for a historic pact between developed and developing countries to combine capacities, and pivot the world towards reducing carbon emissions, transforming energy systems and avoiding a climate catastrophe. “Humanity has a choice: cooperate or perish. It is either a Climate Solidarity Pact...

Commonwealth Secretary-General calls for decisive action at COP27

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The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has called on member countries to uphold global climate change commitments and take decisive action to tackle the gaps in implementation, ahead of next week’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27). The Secretary-General will head a delegation to attend the world’s largest annual gathering of leaders around the issue of climate change, which takes place...

France calls for ban on deep -sea mining at COP27

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The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) Monday welcomed the announcement by French President Emmanuel Macron that France is calling for a ban on deep-sea mining. In his opening speech at COP27, President Macron stated that “France is calling for a ban on all exploitation of the deep seabed – a position which I will relay in international fora". “We know that...

The Pacific is now out of time, Vanuatu’s former PM

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Climate change is an existential threat in the islands of the Pacific, affecting livelihoods, security and well-being By Bob Loughman Weibur Here in the Pacific Islands, climate change is an existential threat. It is the single greatest threat to our livelihoods, security and well-being. Our economies routinely suffer damages of more than 50 percent of gross domestic product from climate extremes,...

‘End youth tokenism’ – Commonwealth young people tell COP27 leaders to recognise them as partners in fight against climate change

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Representatives for the more than a billion under-30s in the Commonwealth have called on leaders at the start of COP27 in Egypt to end youth tokenism and pledge more finance and support for youth-led climate solutions. The Commonwealth Youth Statement on Climate Change, released today a COP27, appeals to governments and change-makers to recognise young people as partners and solution...

Samoa eyeing off World Cup revenge against England

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Coach Matt Parish is taking Samoa’s shot at redemption against England as an opportunity for his side to be remembered for their last game not their first. After a 20-18 triumph over Pacific rivals, Tonga, Samoa's World Cup campaign will come full circle on Sunday when they meet with the side that put any belief Samoa could compete with the...

Toa Samoa captain Junior Paulo Paulo facing ban; Sua’ali’i, Collins cautioned

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Toa Samoa captain Junior Paulo is set to miss the Pacific nation's historic World Cup semi-final against England at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium after being hit with a one-match ban for striking. Paulo was placed on report for raising his forearm as he ran into Tongan forward David Fifita late in Sunday's 20-18 quarter-final win at Warrington was charged with Grade...

Rabele confident Bati’s best to come despite World Cup exit

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Fiji coach Joe Rabele believes the young talent unearthed during the World Cup will ensure the Bati remain a force in France in 2025 after being released from hospital in time to witness his team’s brave 24-18 loss to New Zealand in Hull. Rabele, who had a toe amputated after suffering an infection in his foot, was on hand to...

Fiji 7s pooled with New Zealand in Dubai

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The Fiji 7s team will rest for less than a month before their next assignment which is the Dubai 7s. Fiji has been drawn in a tough Pool B with the All Blacks 7s, Argentina and Uruguay. In Pool A are Hong Kong 7s winners Australia, South Africa, Great Britain and Kenya. France heads Pool with Ireland, Spain and Uganda while Pool...

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Vanuatu Electoral Commission prepares for referendum with new regulation order

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French Senate endorses delay for New Caledonia’s provincial elections

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Marshall Islands wants nuclear weapons ban pact amended

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