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‘We can do better, we must’ declares departing UN climate change chief, as COP27 looms over horizon

The annual UN Climate Change Conference in the German city of Bonn began on Monday, designed to lay the groundwork for a successful COP27, due to take place in the Egyptian coastal resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh, in November. Governments are meeting for the first time since the conclusion of COP26 in Glasgow last November, which saw the operational details of the...

Pacific Island Forum’s leadership crisis comes into focus as leaders arrive in Fiji to resolve tensions

Several top Pacific Island leaders will today sit down for an extraordinary meeting that they hope will resolve the leadership crisis threatening to split the region's peak diplomatic body. The Australian government has played a crucial role in helping to facilitate the face-to-face gathering about the future of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), flying three Micronesian leaders to Suva for...

Pacific leaders dialogue over Micronesia and China

A Micronesian head of the Pacific's regional political body says regional stability and security, and the China Economic and Security Deal will be on the agenda on Tuesday when some Pacific leaders meet in Suva, Fiji. Several Pacific Island heads of state including at least three from the Micronesian states have arrived in Fiji for two days of meetings called...

Fiji PM Bainimarama officiates at the opening of the first ever Cook Islands High Commission in Fiji

The establishment of Cook Islands High Commission in Suva, symbolises a landmark achievement in the 24 years of diplomatic relations between Fiji and the Cook Islands. The first ever diplomatic mission of Cook Islands in Fiji, was officially opened Monday by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama and his counterpart, Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown. Speaking at the occasion, Prime Minister...

As people of the moana, we remain hopeful, but we need your help!

Opinion- The Pacific people are people of the moana. Our Ocean is part of us as much as we are part of the vast moana Pasifika and its awesome surrounding writes Sefanaia Nawadra, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) In Samoa where I am based and in all our island Member states when I visited,...

French court upholds New Caledonia referendum outcome

A legal challenge aimed to annul the result of last December's referendum on New Caledonia's independence from France has failed. The highest administrative court in Paris rejected a claim by the Kanak customary Senate that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic was such that the referendum outcome was illegitimate. More than 96 percent voted against independence in the third and last...

US$15 million in extra support for Solomon Islands to continue Financial Management and Anti-Corruption reforms

The World Bank will bolster efforts to strengthen financial management, address debt issues and empower the Solomon Islands Internal Commission Against Corruption by providing a supplemental US$15 million to existing support for these reforms. At the end of November 2021, protests and rioting in Honiara caused widespread destruction with economic damage amounting to around US$86 million or roughly 7 percent...

Ambassador Kyota: ‘U.S military presence in Palau is a good sign’

The U.S military will hold its first Patriot live-fire exercise in the Republic of Palau on 15 June. Air Defence Artillery Battalion based out of Okinawa will be at the Micronesian nation conducting the exercise. It’s the first of its kind to be conducted in Palau, and will be followed by another first – the republic’s inclusion in Operation Valiant...

European Union and SPREP partner to help Pacific Islands manage and conserve Pacific islands biodiversity

The European Union (EU) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP) today signed the Pacific Biodiversity and Sustainable Land-Seascapes (Pacific BioScapes) Programme to assist 11 Pacific island countries manage their marine and coastal resources. The EU-funded Euro12 million (FJD$27.6 million) Pacific BioScapes Programme will contribute to the sustainable development of Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through...

EU funded Trade advisers deployed to boost Pacific exports

A new chapter of closer intra-regional partnerships in the Pacific will help to boost Pacific States' exports to the world, as this is the first time PIFS has deployed Trade Advisers into the sub-regions of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. This has been possible through the European Union (EU) funded SPIRIT project ('Strengthening Pacific Intra-Regional and International Trade') under the Pacific...

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