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Stars of Rugby World Cup 2023 show support for Keep Rugby Clean

Players will run out onto pitches up and down France in distinctive t-shirts this week as the stars of Rugby World Cup 2023 vow to Keep Rugby Clean. Keep Rugby Clean is World Rugby’s anti-doping education and awareness programme. It aims to deter and prevent doping by educating participants on their responsibilities, raising awareness of doping risks, and fostering an...

Palau President calls on G20 nations to uphold their commitments to the Paris Agreement

G20 nations have a crucial role to play in emission reduction and leading the path towards sustainable development, Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr told the General Debate of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We urgently call on the G20 nations, responsible for 80 percent of global carbon emissions, to uphold their commitments to...

Climate scientists and Pacific activists call on Australia to ramp up ambitions ahead of UN summit

Movers and shakers in the fight against climate change are gathering for the United Nation's Climate Ambition Summit in New York on Wednesday, while climate scientists and Pacific activists call on Australia to ramp up its own ambitions. The summit comes as the Australia Institute has published a full-page ad in the New York Times calling on the Australian government...

Niue announces new initiative to fund Ocean Protection

Niue Premier, Dalton Tagelagi on behalf of the Government of Niue and the non-profit Tofia Niue (a public-private partnership) Tuesday launched a first-of-its-kind sustainable funding initiative to ensure long-term conservation of its sovereign waters: Ocean Conservation Commitments (OCCs). This initiative will be managed by the newly formed Niue and Ocean Wide (NOW) Trust, a charitable trust established to support Niue's...

Invest in SDGs ‘like never before’ implores UN chief

A “rescue plan” for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must now result in policies, budgets and investment to ensure a more just, equitable and green future by 2030, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday. He was speaking at the conclusion of the two-day SDG Summit at UN Headquarters, where world leaders adopted a political declaration to ramp up progress...

NZ to sign the Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Agreement this week

New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta will represent New Zealand at the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York this week, before visiting Washington DC for further Pacific focussed meetings. Nanaia Mahuta will be in New York from Wednesday 20 September, and will participate in UNGA leaders engagements on behalf of Prime Minister Chris Hipkins. “Aotearoa...

Pacific region to drive the progress of its priorities and aspirations: Forum Chair Brown

Cook Islands Prime Minister and Forum Chair, Mark Brown says in consideration of the region geostrategic environment, the time is ripe for the Pacific region to drive the progress of its priorities and aspirations. Brown said the Pacific continue to witness increased strategic interest and geopolitical positioning in the region by external partners and interests. “This has materialised through heightened levels...

U.S President Biden to meet Pacific Leaders in Washington next week

U.S President Joe Biden will host Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders at the White House on 25 - 26 September 2023 during the second U.S-Pacific Island Forum Summit. “During this year’s summit with Pacific Islands leaders, President Biden will reaffirm the U.S commitment to our shared regional priorities and deepening our cooperation around them – including tackling the climate crisis;...

Sponsor an ocean? Tiny island nation of Niue has a novel plan to protect its slice of the Pacific

The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue has come up with a novel plan to protect its vast and pristine territorial waters — it will get sponsors to pay. Under the plan, which was being launched by Niue's Prime Minister Dalton Tagelagi on Tuesday in New York, individuals or companies can pay US$148 to protect 1 square kilometer (about 250...

Fiji PM Sitiveni Rabuka receives warm welcome at UN General Assembly

At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka was greeted by the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. Prime Minister Rabuka is attending the 78th session of the UN General Assembly to participate in discussions on a wide range of global issues, including climate change, peace, security, and sustainable development. His presence at the...

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