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Cook Islands new Ombudsman looking to form human rights institute

The Cook Islands new Ombudsman will head to Fiji to continue with efforts in forming a Human Rights Institute. Ombudsman Niki Rattle said the policy document to support the legislative amendments of the Ombudsman Bill to establish the National Human Rights Institute (NHRI) mandate is progressing well. “This is continued to be supported by Asia Pacific Forum (APF) and the Cook...

Vanuatu regulates cultivation of cannabis and hemp

The regulations for the importation, cultivation, processing and export of medical cannabis and industrial hemp in Vanuatu were officially signed Wednesday. A person or business wanting to legally cultivate cannabis and hemp for medical and industrial purposes in Vanuatu can apply to get a licence once the regulations are enforced, after they are published in the government gazette. The regulations provide...

Pacific calls for more transparency on the release of nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean

By Sanjeshni Kumar Pacific is not leaving “any stones unturned” when it comes to the safety of their ocean. The Pacific Islands Forum Acting Secretary General, Dr Filimon Manoni has appealed for transparency from the government of Japan on their plans to discharge 1.25 million tons of nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. Dr Manoni said they will continue to oppose...

New Zealand intercepts 3.2 tonnes of cocaine worth $500m floating in Pacific Ocean

New Zealand authorities have found a record-breaking amount of cocaine floating in international waters, which they say was bound for Australia and would have been enough to supply the country for a year. The 3.2-tonne haul was valued at NZ$500m (US$315m, AUD$456m). It was the largest seizure of illicit drugs made by New Zealand law enforcement “by quite some margin”,...

Fiji deputy PM Gavoka highlights the value of oceans

Recognising the need to unlock the economic potential of Fiji's blue economy and catalyse ocean related private sector development, the Fiji Government, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, Wednesday marked the commencement of the Blue Accelerator Grant Scheme (BAGS) and introduced the first cohort of projects. The launch also sought to create dialogue on enhancing Fiji's national blue...

Commonwealth countries work to move the dial forward on cervical cancer

The theme for World Cancer Day this year is “Closing the Care Gap”. It is the same theme as last year, and indeed will be the same theme in 2024, in recognition of the deep-rooted inequities that populations face in receiving cancer care within countries, and between countries. A blog by Emily Gilmour, Health Officer, Commonwealth Secretariat Unfortunately, in the Commonwealth,...

OFC launches Social Responsibility strategy – Power of Football

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) has launched the Power of Football strategy, an ambitious programme to enhance the wellbeing of individuals and communities across the Pacific. OFC has long recognised the power of football to develop individuals and communities and has led the delivery of football for development programmes which address challenges specific to our region. This has included the...

Pacific Games to be legacy for Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands will have 24 leaders of the Pacific nations meet for the 2023 Pacific Games to be held from 10 November to 02 December 2, in Honiara this year. And Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says this will be the single largest unifying event for the nation – a uniting factor for Pacific Island countries to come together as one...

Sustainability programme to be launched for Solomon Islands 2023 Pacific Games

The Solomon Islands National University (SINU) is set to release a "Safe Green Games" campaign with the Government Services Integration Committee (GSIC) prior to the country's hosting of the Pacific Games this year. Representatives from the two bodies met to discuss the initiative which is due to be officially launched by Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. GSIC chairman Bernard Bata'anisia...

Patient persistent Pacific research and diplomacy moves shipping ambition

The Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Solomon Islands lodged new submissions at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)this week, calling for greatly increased and 1.5 commensurate levels of ambition, commitment to an equitable global transition and for shipping to agree to a high price on GHG. This is the largest and most ambitious carbon price call for any sector...

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