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Vanuatu launches innovative communication tools to tackle misinformation on COVID-19 vaccines

‘Protektem yu, famili, komuniti mo fiuja blong Vanuatu’ is a familiar jingle resounding through households in Vanuatu on TV and radio as well as emphasised through the new COVID-19 vaccine communication products launched on 07 September. The Vanuatu Ministry of Health, together with UNICEF and Wan Smolbag Theatre group and with funding support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), launched...

No promise made to Bougainville: PM Marape

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape says the Government has not made any commitment to the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) that independence will be the final outcome. He said this when presenting an update of the Bougainville Peace Process to Parliament. But this is in contrast to comments and commitments made by Marape and his Government at the consultations in...

USP made $34.2m surplus, says Nauru President Aingimea

The University of the South Pacific(USP) has produced a record $34.2 million (US$16 .4 million) surplus in the last financial year when millions of taxpayers money have been wasted in the past due to misuse and mismanagement in the institution, says chancellor and Nauru President Lionel Aingimea. Aingimea told the Nauru parliament the regional university has implemented reforms so past...

Kurukuru embark on fourth FIFA Futsal World Cup campaign

The Solomon Islands are days away from stepping onto the world stage once again, as the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 kicks off in Lithuania. The side, known as the Kurukuru, earned the right to represent Oceania at the event by beating New Zealand on penalties in the final of the OFC Futsal Nations Cup in 2019. The Kurukuru play their...

UK rejects campaigners’ call to postpone COP26 climate talks again

The UK is resisting a call by campaigners to postpone critical UN climate talks, promising extra measures to address concerns about safety and inclusiveness in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Climate Action Network (CAN), a global alliance of more than 1,500 climate and environmental campaign groups, urged organisers to postpone the Cop26 summit scheduled for 31 October to 12...

NZ quarantine-free travel for Pacific RSE workers to restart next month

Recognised seasonal employer (RSE) workers from the Pacific Islands will be able to return to New Zealand next month, the Government has announced - but only if they've been vaccinated against COVID-19. The return of RSE workers from Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu will start up again in October, and is the first stage of one-way quarantine-free travel to New Zealand...

Solomon Islands workers fly to Australia for seasonal work Programme

A first group of 160 workers have left Solomon Islands Thursday to work in Queensland, Australia under the Seasonal Work Programme (SWP) and the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS). A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) Labour Mobility Unit said they have been working very hard to ensure Solomon Islanders participate in the labour mobility programme,to...

Scientists call for moratorium on ocean mining, fearing impact on Pacific tuna fishery

Around 500 scientists from 44 countries have signed a letter urging a moratorium on ocean mining, an activity that researchers say could be adversely affect fisheries, in particular deep-sea catches like tuna. Scientists made the plea recently after an ocean-mining company and its host country, the Pacific island nation of Nauru, touched off a two-year rule with the International Seabed...

People’s Alliance Party doors open: Rabuka

People’s Alliance Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka says he is expecting some Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) supporters to jump ship and join his political party to contest Fiji’s 2022 General Election. The former prime minister and Opposition leader said he would welcome anyone who wished to join his party and they could show their interest by writing to the party. “Understanding...

Climate Finance effectiveness in the Pacific: are we on the right track?

TALANOA EVENT The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UK Government hosted a Talanoa event, titled Climate Finance Effectiveness in the Pacific: Are we on the right track? on Thursday 9 September 2021. This regional dialogue explored whether the US$2.2 billion international climate finance received in the Pacific over the past decade...

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