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Solomon Islands refusing to sign 11-point declaration at historic Pacific-U.S meeting

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Solomon Islands has signalled it won't sign on to an 11-point declaration between the United States and Pacific Island nations, dealing a blow to the White House ahead of a high-profile presidential summit with Pacific leaders in Washington this week. The ABC has been told that Washington and Pacific Island countries have spent recent weeks negotiating a new joint statement...

U.S Defence secretary Austin welcomes Marshall Islands President to Pentagon

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U.S Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin III has met with Marshall Islands President David Kabua, who is in Washington to participate in the first U.S-Pacific Island Nation Summit with President Joe Biden later this week. “he partnership between the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands is strong, and we have long shared the vision of a...

Fiji PM leads the Pacific to Washington will hold first official meeting with U.S President in 38 years

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Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will meet the American President Joe Biden at a Pacific Island Leaders' Summit at the White House on 29 September 2022. The meeting is the first time that a Fijian Prime Minister will hold an official audience with the President of the United States of America in almost 40 years. Prime Minister Bainimarama will join the...

Pacific launches innovative call to action for a 1.5 degree world

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Pacific peoples retain their history, culture and traditions, and pass them on from generation to generation through songs, poetry, and stories. A book which was launched Tuesday during the Pacific Preparatory Meeting for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 27th Conference of the Parties (Pacific Pre-COP), documents the Pacific’s climate change voyage over the years in much the...

217 applicants for Vanuatu snap election

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At least 217 individuals have applied to contest the upcoming Vanuatu snap election. Deputy Principal Electoral Officer (PEO), Gary Tavoa, confirmed this was the total number of applications they received out from over 300 candidature applications that they have issued. Currently the Office is undertaking the screening process on the respective applicants to check whether or not they are qualified to...

Kesolei joins leadership of Pacific Anti-Corruption Journalists Network

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Ongerung Kambes Kesolei, a seasoned journalist from Palau was elected Secretary of the Pacific Anti-Corruption Journalists Network (PACJN) during the meeting of the 6th Pacific Media Summit in Honiara, the Solomon Islands, this week. Palau Media Council’s nominee Kesolei to the Board of the Pacific Anti-Corruption Journalist Network was elected during the PACJN’s AGM held alongside the 6th Pacific Media...

ADB Plans $14 billion to ease food crisis promote long-term Food security in Asia and the Pacific

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced plans to provide at least US$14 billion over 2022–2025 in a comprehensive program of support to ease a worsening food crisis in Asia and the Pacific, and improve long-term food security by strengthening food systems against the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss. The assistance expands ADB's already significant support for food...

Biden’s summit with Pacific leaders is a direct response to China, but the U.S should tread carefully

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Opinion by Gerard Finin and Terence Wesley-Smith This week, the White House will host its first-ever summit with Pacific Islands leaders. The Pacific spans nearly a third of the globe and is home to 16 island nations. In geostrategic terms, the region is more important today than any time since the second world war. The summit is a direct response to...

Samoa name eight grand final stars in powerful World Cup squad

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Toa Samoa's World Cup credentials have been underlined by the inclusion of eight players from the Penrith and Parramatta grand final teams in a powerful squad announced on Tuesday. Samoa are the first Pacific nation to publicly unveil their squad for the World Cup and if coach Matt Parish wanted to make a statement ahead of the opening game against...

Historic Oceania Rugby Women’s Combine helped showcase “hidden gems”

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-Twenty of the best female players from Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga gathered on Australia’s Gold Coast last week for the historic Oceania Rugby Women’s Combine. Designed to help accelerate the growth of the women’s game in the Pacific, the programme ran from 19-24 September and exposed the players to world-class coaching from Daryl Gibson, Toutai Kefu, Seilala Mapusua,...

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