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Pacific islands youth “cannot wait” for climate change action, Vanuatu says

The leader of Vanuatu, pushing to take climate change to the international court, said the slow pace of international negotiations over emissions reduction was "totally out of step" with the impact Pacific islands are seeing. Leaders from 15 nations are meeting in Fiji for the Pacific Islands Forum, where they are discussing how to gather more international support and funding...

Pacific dealing with runaway climate crisis: Forum Chair

By Pita Ligaiula As the Pacific emerge from the grip of COVID-19 our region remain in a state of turmoil, says Fijian Prime Minister and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum. In his opening remarks at the 51st Pacific Islands Forum Dialogue with Associate Members and Forum Observers in Suva Tuesday, Voreqe Bainimarama said many countries continue to deal with...

China influenced Kiribati exit from Pacific Islands Forum, MP claims

Kiribati’s decision to withdraw from the Pacific Islands Forum on the eve of the event was an extreme move driven by pressure from China, the Micronesian nation’s opposition leader says. Tessie Lambourne, a former top diplomat who was elected to Kiribati’s parliament in 2020, said she was “shocked and extremely disappointed” by the government’s move to withdraw from the Pacific...

PIF must remain united: Wong

The region is stronger together says Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Penny Wong. Wong made the comments following Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Dialogue with associate members and forum observers today. She said a lot of discussions have taken place about the Pacific Island Forum unity. The Foreign Minister says the position the Australian government has consistently taken is that they were seeking...

USP “students are hurting” says Pro Chancellor

By Samantha Magick As Pacific leaders meet in Suva to discuss deepening regionalism through the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, USP, the region’s university continues to suffer the impacts of continued funding constraints. The Pro Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific says “students are hurting” as the conflict between the Fiji government and USP continues over leadership...

Pacific crop resilience supported though climate aid

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced the first investment from the recently boosted $1.3 billion (US$793 million) climate aid fund, a contribution of $10 million (US$6.1 million) to the conservation of Pacific crop seeds impacted by climate change. $10 million US$6.1 million) will be allocated to the Fiji based Centre for Pacific...

UN Chief commend strong, united voice of the Pacific on climate change

By Pita Ligaiula United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres has commended the strong, united voice of the Pacific on climate change. Addressing the Pacific Islands Forum Dialogue with Associate Members and Forum Observers virtually, Guterres said it has made the world pay attention. “Now we need climate action that matches the urgency of the crisis, especially from the G20, who account...

Pacific summit: Suva near to bursting as PIF meeting turns Fiji’s pandemic bust to boom

With the biggest regional event in years in town, there’s a buzz on the streets of the Fijian capital that hasn’t been felt since Covid slammed international borders shut in 2020. The 51st Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting might be off to a somewhat rocky start with the withdrawal of member state Kiribati, but Suva is booked solid as hundreds...

U.S Vice President Harris to address the Forum Leaders Meeting

U.S Vice President Kamala Harris will address the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting on Wednesday. The Vice President will underscore the commitment of the United States to the Pacific Islands region and discuss opportunities to deepen U.S engagement in the region and areas to deliver concrete results for the people of the Pacific. She will also celebrate the longstanding bonds between...

Marshall Islands prevents itself from participating in Forum

Marshall Islands President David Kabua would have attended this week's first in-person meeting of Pacific Islands Forum leaders if members of his own government had not derailed an effort in February to undo legislatively-binding action to terminate the country's membership in the premier regional organisation. At a critical time in regional politics - with geopolitical manoeuvring by China and the...

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