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Pacific leader shrugs off Albanese absence at climate talks

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-A top Pacific leader has shrugged off Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s absence from the COP27 climate talks, saying it “would have been nice to see him there” but “we understand and we accept”. Pacific Islands Forum secretary-general Henry Puna said the 190-plus-country UN climate summit was critical to the survival of the region’s small island nations, but he refused to...

Climate change is the single greatest threat to Pacific, say defence ministers

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Climate change is the single greatest threat to the Pacific say the South Pacific Defence Ministers who met in Nuku'alofa last month. The Tonga Prime Minister's Office issued the SPDMM Joint Communique Tuesday. The South Pacific Defence Ministers Meeting reaffirmed the importance of enhanced cooperation to address climate change and other regional security challenges. Defence Ministers and senior delegates from Australia, Chile,...

AFP confirms it received budget funding to set up a new Solomon Islands police training centre

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) says it received funding in the budget to further ramp up assistance to Solomon Islands police, including by building a new training centre to help police respond to riots and "accelerating" moves to rearm officers in the Pacific Island country. The AFP sent dozens of officers to Solomon Islands in November last year to restore...

ADB, key partners announce us$16.5 million for Ocean Health in the Pacific

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today joined with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) at COP27 to announce grants of US$16.5 million for the Blue Pacific Finance Hub, which aims to build ocean and coastal resilience in countries threatened by the impacts of climate change. The GEF-Least Developed Countries Fund is providing $10 million and...

How to move a country: Fiji’s radical plan to escape rising sea levels

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In Fiji, the climate crisis means dozens of villages could soon be underwater. Relocating so many communities is an epic undertaking. But now there is a plan – and the rest of the world is watching By Kate Lyons For the past four years, a special government taskforce in Fiji has been trying to work out how to move the...

Fiji earn revenge while Solomon Islands come up short in Pacific Women’s Four Nations openers

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Fiji avenged their OFC Women’s Nations Cup 2022 final defeat to Papua New Guinea while the Solomon Islands came up just short against Australia’s U-20 side on the opening day of the Pacific Women’s Four Nations 2022. Goals from Cema Nasau and Luisa Tamanitoakula earned the Fijian Kulas a 2-0 victory over Oceania champions PNG while Jemima David’s effort for...

Judiciary clears Toa Samoa captain Paulo to play semi-final

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Samoa captain Junior Paulo has been cleared to play in the Pacific nation's historic World Cup semi-final against England after successfully challenging a one-match ban for striking. Paulo, who was placed on report for raising his forearm as he ran into Tongan forward David Fifita late in Sunday's 20-18 quarter-final win at Warrington, was charged with Grade A Striking but...

Iceman” says Fiji 7s team can still achieve a lot

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Former All Blacks flanker Sir Michael “Iceman” Jones believes the Fiji 7s team can still achieve a lot despite falling short at the Hong Kong 7s. Sir Jones met the Fiji 7s team at the Nadi International Airport Tuesday and gave the players some words of encouragement for the upcoming tournaments. “It’s not how you start its how you finish and...

Forum chair welcomes inclusion of loss and damages in COP27 conference

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The Pacific Islands Forum has welcomed the inclusion of loss and damages into discussions at the UN Climate talks in Egypt. Forum Secretary General Henry Puna said it marks progress in getting the issue before world leaders. “Let's get it on the table for discussions. Having that on the agenda is a marvellous first step,” he said. His comment comes as UN...

Pacific groups welcome call to ban deep sea mining

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The Pacific Blue Line collective welcomes the call by France for a ban on deep sea mining, a call that Pacific civil society groups and movements have been pushing for since 2012. French President Emmanuel Macron announced today at COP27 that he supports a ban on deep sea mining (DSM), a firm stance against deep sea mining after he called...

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