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While Australia fights for coal, the Pacific fights for its survival

Opinion by Anote Tong We in the Pacific have been raising the alarm about the impacts of climate change for decades, but the latest United Nations climate science report on impacts hits especially hard. The report confirms our darkest fears that humanity has already severely tested nature’s resilience and it is clear that we have already caused irreversible harm...

Moana Pasifika team to face Crusaders revealed

Coach Aaron Mauger has blended international experience with raw talent in the Moana Pasifika team that will make history when it meets the Crusaders in the Super Rugby Pacific match Friday night. Moana Pasific's long-awaited arrival into the competition will finally become reality when captain and former Wallaby Sekope Kepu leads the side on to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. While...

Derenalagi to lead Fijian Drua, four to debut

Fiji Olympic gold medalist Meli Derenalagi will lead the Fijian Drua for the first time in Super Rugby Pacific against the Melbourne Rebels Friday. Derenalagi is one of five changes made to the starting 15. Fiji Drua tight five from the Brumbies game has been retained while Derenalagi is in at blindside flanker replacing Vilive Miramira who shifts to seven in...

UN experts sound alarm on serious Papua abuses, call for urgent aid

UN human rights experts today expressed serious concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua, citing shocking abuses against indigenous Papuans, including child killings, disappearances, torture and mass displacement of people. The experts called for urgent humanitarian access to the region, and urged the Indonesian Government to conduct full and independent investigations...

PNG low Covid vaccination rate a worry: PM Marape

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has again raised his concern over the country’s very Covid-19 vaccination rate of 4.6 percent, telling health officials and partners to work on increasing it urgently. A Health Department report shows that only 5.8 percent (295,610) of the population of more than eight million people have received the first dose and just 4.6...

Cook Islands welcomes “landmark” win in the London Privy Council

Cook Islands Prime Minister and Minister of Marine Resources (MMR), Mark Brown welcomed the London Privy Council’s judgement on the Government’s decision to expand the Cook Islands purse seine fishery in 2013, saying it is both “constitutionally and internationally significant”. “The Privy Council confirmed that the Cook Islands Government has acted consistently with both its domestic and international level obligations....

As extreme weather ravages the Pacific, there is much to do and no time to waste

By Mark Howden and Ofa Ma’asi-Kaisamy In the past decade the two most intense cyclones recorded to date in the southern hemisphere ripped through the Pacific. Tropical Cyclone Pam, the second worst, devastated Vanuatu in 2015 while in 2016 Tropical Cyclone Winston, the worst, ravaged Fiji. Both not only caused extreme environmental damage but economic damage worth 64% and...

Pacific Islanders: Failure to commit to 1.5 degrees at COP27 will imperil the World’s Oceans

By Catherine Wilson Oceans play a pivotal role in regulating the world’s climate and maintaining the conditions for human life on earth. And they are a crucial source of sustenance and economic wellbeing in many developing countries, including small island developing states. But Pacific Islanders are deeply concerned about the fate of the oceans if world leaders fail to...

PM Bainimarama back in Fiji

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama arrived into the country this morning from Melbourne, Australia where he underwent a cardiovascular surgery. Bainimarama tweeted this morning about his arrival and thanked everyone for their prayers. “There’s no better feeling than coming home to the family I love and the people I’m privileged to lead,” Bainimarama said in his tweet. “Safe to say I know...

Freely Associated States countries condemn Russia invasion of Ukraine

Freely Associated States (FAS) nations strongly condemned Russian’s action in Ukraine, supporting the United Nations resolution with other countries. Palau, FSM, and Marshall Islands supported the UN Security Council resolution to condemn and halt Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Ambassador Ilana Seid, Palau’s permanent representative to the UN said Russia’s action against Ukraine is “a violation of the principles of the UN...

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