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EU and Indo-Pacific leaders commit to enhance cooperation on climate action

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Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, the President of the Marshall Islands David Kabua and the Prime Minister of Samoa Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa exchanged views with the European Union executive Vice-President in a virtual public conference. Representatives from the governments of Timor-Leste, Papua-New Guinea and Bhutan also contributed to the discussion. The aim of the conference between the EU and Indo-Pacific states...

PNG crippled by Covid-19 Delta variant and social media misinformation

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Covid’s Delta strain is overwhelming Papua New Guinea’s fragile health system, forcing the closure of Port Moresby’s only public ­hospital to non-critical care and sparking emergency oxygen deliveries to the remote highlands. Port Moresby General Hospital – where only 10 per cent of nurses are vaccinated – issued a bulletin this week announcing a “scaling down of services”, including the...

Fiji records 58 new cases of COVID-19, two deaths reported

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Fiji has recorded 58 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths Thursday increasing the total number of cases to 51,316 and 647 deaths since the outbreak in April. Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said there have been 24 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 2,895 active cases. “There have been...

Cook Islands deputy Prime Minister Robert Tapaitau‘steps aside’

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Cook Islands deputy Prime Minister Robert Tapaitau has been revealed as the government member facing conspiracy to defraud charge. Prime Minister Mark Brown has been advised that Cook Islands Police has concluded their investigation into allegations concerning the former Secretary of Infrastructure Cook Islands and the former Director of the National Environment Service. Deputy Prime Minister Robert Tapaitau advised the Prime...

Pacific Political Climate Champions amplify call for urgent action

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The Pacific’s collective voice, calling on world leaders to urgently implement the Paris Agreement, will have new-found mana at the UNFCCC COP26 in Glasgow, with the announcement of five Political Climate Change Champions. The champions, who will advocate for Pacific priorities and influence decision-making in calling for urgent climate action now, were announced during a High Level virtual launch event. They...

Special parliament sitting to appoint new Fijian President

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A new President of the Republic of Fiji will be appointed on Friday, 22 October 2021. This was confirmed in an advisory by Civic Education & Media Unit of the Parliament of Fiji that the Business Committee in its meeting Wednesday, 06 October, 2021, unanimously agreed for Parliament to reassemble at 10am to appoint the new President. The advisory further reads...

Pacific leaders push for halving of emissions by 2030 to prevent climate change catastrophe Pacific leaders push for halving of emissions by 2030 to prevent climate change catastrophe

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Pacific leaders are warning time is running out to address climate change and are urging all nations, including Australia, to halve their emissions in the next decade. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is in the midst of negotiating with the Coalition's junior partner, the Nationals, to commit Australia to reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Australia is one of the few developed...

UNMISS farewells Police Commissioner as an “extraordinary leader and woman of caliber”

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With emotion shining in her eyes, Fijian Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa watched with pride as her police officers marched in tight formation before her in a special parade of honour to bid farewell to their leader. It has been a long and challenging journey for the first female Police Commissioner to serve with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, having risen...

A peacekeeper and a leader: Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa, UNMISS Police Commissioner A peacekeeper and a leader: Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa, UNMISS Police Commissioner

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By Priyanka Chowdhury Police Commissioner Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa is a mother, a career woman and above all, a committed police officer. In her professional life, she’s shattered many a glass ceiling and she does so with empathy, grace and steely determination. The first woman to be chosen to lead the Police component of the world’s largest peace operation, the United Nations...

Mana Classes to strengthen Pacific media reporting

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The media are the ears and eyes of members of the public. In an effort to strengthen the capacity of Pacific islands media to accurately report on issues that are pertinent to the Pacific, such as climate change and waste, a series of training sessions have been lined up for the next few weeks to achieve this. The Media ManaClasses are...

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Report finds climate data from Pacific has deteriorated

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