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Federated States of Micronesia launches updated Nationally Determined Contribution at COP27

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The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has formally announced the submission of its updated Nationally-Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. NDCs are non-binding national plans highlighting Climate Change mitigation and adaptation, including Climate-related targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions, policies, and measures to implement in response to Climate Change, and as a contribution...

Ten years of loss & damage finance = one year of fossil fuel subsidies

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As loss and damage shapes up to be the top issue on the agenda at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, a new report by Greenpeace Australia Pacific has found just one year of subsidies handed out to the fossil fuel industry in Australia could fund the loss and damage caused by a decade of cyclones in Fiji. Between 2010-2020, Fiji was...

Australian PM blasts opposition leader over demand to ‘rule out’ compensating other countries for climate crisis

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-The Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese, has blasted the opposition leader, Peter Dutton, for trying to “score a cheap domestic political point” after the Liberal leader used the opening day of the Cop27 UN climate summit to demand Australia not compensate other countries for accumulating climate disasters. After António Guterres opened the climate conference in Egypt with a stark warning...

WTO Fisheries Funding Mechanism now operational to assist developing countries and LDCs

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A key commitment from the WTO’s Fisheries Subsidies Agreement has now been made effective. Specifically, the WTO Fisheries Funding Mechanism envisioned in that Agreement is now operational and ready to accept donations to support developing and least-developed countries in implementing the WTO’s new agreement to curb harmful fisheries subsidies. The WTO Secretariat formally submitted its notification outlining how the Fund will...

Pacific Islanders present historic declaration to leaders at COP27

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Pacific island youth met with Australian and Pacific Island leaders at COP27 this week, to present their demands on decarbonisation, additional loss and damage commitments and accessible climate finance. Speaking to the new Australian Ambassador for climate change, Kristin Tilley, Pacific civil society representatives shared the Kioa Climate Emergency Declaration, a historic document drafted on the shores of Kioa Island...

As world gathers for COP27, Tuvalu declares state of emergency for extreme droughts

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The tiny Pacific nation of Tuvalu is not just on the brink of sinking due to climate change-induced sea level rise. The island with a population of just over 11,000 people are grabbling with an extreme drought, which has forced the Government to declare a State of Public Emergency this week. The proclamation, signed by Tuvalu’s Governor General, Sir Tofinga Vaevalu...

Palau takes effort to save prized jelly fish to world leaders at COP27

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The extreme heat from the climate crisis has killed more than 30 million of Palau’s beautiful, non-stinging jellyfish in its world-renowned Jellyfish Lake, robbing the Pacific country of one of their star tourism attractions, and impacting its economy. It is one of many impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, droughts and issues with food security, highlighted by Palau’s...

Covid cases in Tuvalu passes 400

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Covid-19 cases in Tuvalu have soared to 443, with 303 news cases recorded since Sunday. This is the first time the country has experienced a community outbreak of the virus. Last Wednesday, routine testing found two probable cases, which were later confirmed to be community transmission cases and the government declared a Covid-19 outbreak. Two people have been hospitalised. All health facilities in...

After decades putting the brakes on global action, does Australia deserve to host UN climate talks with Pacific nations?

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Analysis by Wesley Morgan is a research fellow at Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University As the COP27 climate talks got underway in Egypt this week, Australia’s climate and energy minister Chris Bowen announced it would bid to co-host the annual United Nations climate summit with Pacific Island nations in 2026. Playing host to the world’s climate negotiations could be...

Tahiti and Tonga qualify for men’s 2023 Pacific Games basketball tournament

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Tahiti and Tonga have qualified for the Solomon Islands 2023 Pacific Games men's basketball tournament after securing first and second place, respectively, in the International Basketball Federation Polynesian Cup in Kaitaia in New Zealand. Tahiti pipped third-place finishers Samoa on the final day of the round-robin tournament 92-88 following a remarkable comeback to ensure they completed the tournament undefeated. Captain Ariirimarau...

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