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Marshall Islands halt negotiations with U.S over nuclear testing legacy

The Marshall Islands halted key negotiations with the U.S on Friday over ongoing grievances relating to nuclear testing dating back 70 years on the atolls in the heart of the Pacific. Discussions planned for this weekend to renew the terms of the Compact of Free Association -- a key international agreement between the U.S, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau...

Denmark becomes first country to pledge ‘loss and damage’ finance

Denmark has become the first fully-fledged country to pledge funds to developing countries specifically for “tab og skader”, which translates to “loss and damage”. The Nordic nation committed 100 million DKK (US$13m) to build resilience and help climate victims recover during a ministerial meeting on the sideline of the UN General Assembly in New York last Tuesday. While the amount pledged...

Fifth briefing session by Japan on plans to release contaminated nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean

Pacific Islands Forum Members received a fifth virtual briefing from the Government of Japan on 20 September 2022 regarding its plan to release over a million tonnes of radioactively contaminated cooling water from its Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean in early March/April 2023. This is expected to take at least 40 years. The briefing session is part...

Six home games confirmed for Fiji, both 2022 finalists inbound!

The Fijian Drua will mount its second Super Rugby Pacific campaign with six home games locked in for Fiji in 2023. Coming to Fiji next year are 2022 champions Crusaders, 2022 finalists Blues, Melbourne Rebels, Queensland Reds, Moana Pasifika & Hurricanes. The Drua will host the Waratahs in Melbourne during the Super Round, which was announced last week. For its away...

Australian PM’s XIII Men beat spirited PNG PM’s XIII Men

The Australian Prime Minister’s XIII Men’s side proved far too strong in the end, but had to work hard at times for a 64-14 victory over their Papua New Guinea counterparts on Sunday night. Matt Burton and Selwyn Cobbo both scored doubles in a game which saw 10 different members of the Australian PM's XIII Men score tries. While they couldn't...

New Zealand win OFC U-19 Championship 2022 with 3-0 victory over Fiji

New Zealand have won the OFC U-19 Championship 2022 after a 3-0 win over Fiji at Stade Pater in Papeete, Tahiti. A brace from Oliver Colloty and a long-range strike from Jay Herdman secured the Junior All Whites their eighth title despite Fiji’s brave effort. New Zealand have won the last five OFC U-19 Championships they have entered. The only blemish...

Vanuatu makes historic call for treaty to end the fossil fuel era

Today, Vanuatu called on other nations to join them in establishing a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, a proposed international mechanism that aims to explicitly address the source of 86% of CO2 emissions that cause climate change: fossil fuels. The President of Vanuatu Nikenike Vurobaravu made the historic call on the floor of the UN General Assembly, making Vanuatu the first...

Biden’s Pacific Island summit tests U.S regional credibility

The Biden administration will convene the first-ever U.S-Pacific Island country summit on 28-29 September in Washington — an urgent effort to redeem U.S credibility in a region where China is filling the void created by decades of U.S disengagement. Biden aims to reverse Beijing’s diplomatic inroads among the islands powered by decades of economic and development aid that threatens to...

Kiribati calls for an end to nuclear weapons at UN General Assembly

The president of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau, has called for an end to the use of nuclear weapons during his speech at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Maamau denounced the nuclear tests conducted on Christmas Island, which damaged the local ecosystem, and called on the UN to use the island as a global center for anti-nuclear research...

Bmobile provides MASI with $60k worth of Communication support to hosting Pacific Media Summit

The Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) received communication support from telecommunication provider, Bmobile to successfully host the Pacific Media Summit (PMS) which was scheduled to take place in Honiara from 26 -30 September 2022. Bmobile will be the official communication partner to the 6th Pacific Media Summit and will offer communication support for delegates and organising committee. The support includes...

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