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Forum Chair Frank Bainimarama statement at Global Launch of 2050 Pacific Strategy

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Our thoughts this afternoon are with our island sisters and brothers in the Caribbean in the crosshairs of Hurricane Fiona. We know from experience the devastation you’re enduring, and we call on the world to rally to your aid. Thank you to Leaders, Partners, Observers, and Members who are here with us as we set course for the future of...

Drowning Island Nations: ‘This is how a Pacific Atoll dies’

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Heads of state from Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands have launched a “Rising Nations Initiative” as they race toward solutions to a rising ocean level that will make their countries all but uninhabitable in the coming decades. By Pia Sarka While world leaders from wealthy countries acknowledge the “existential threat” of climate change, Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano is racing to...

Final RWC 2021 warm-ups offer chance for movement in World Rugby Women’s Rankings

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With only a fortnight to go until Rugby World Cup 2021 kicks off in Auckland, the final two warm-up matches will take place this weekend. Fiji welcome Canada to Suva on Friday before New Zealand take on Japan the following day at Eden Park, the iconic venue for the opening matches of RWC 2021 two weeks later. Both matches provide the...

OFC U-19 Championship 2022: Four teams to battle for two FIFA U-20 World Cup slots

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A place in Saturday’s OFC U-19 Championship 2022 final is not the only reward on the table for the four remaining nations in this year’s tournament. Both victors in tomorrow’s semi-final fixtures will also achieve qualification for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 Indonesia™. The top two teams from the Oceania region earn the right to participate in next year’s age-group...

SG Puna welcomes inclusion of all Forum Leaders at Biden summit

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Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Henry Puna has welcomed the inclusion of all Forum members to the inaugural White House meeting with President Biden on 28-29 September 2022. “The current strategic environment has seen growing international interest and partnerships with our Blue Pacific region emerging and it is important we continue to ensure these partnerships are built on genuine engagement...

Pacific atoll nations launch global plan to preserve heritage

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Pacific atoll nations on Wednesday launched a new global partnership to preserve their sovereignty and heritage as their countries disappear under rising seas triggered by climate change. The Rising Nations Initiative was announced at an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly by Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano and President David Kabua of the Marshall Islands, with countries...

Former Opposition MP Salote Radrodro to serve 24 months in prison; remaining six months suspended

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Former Fiji Opposition MP Salote Radrodro has been sentenced to 30 months imprisonment by the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court in Suva. Radrodro was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one count of giving false information to a public servant and one count of obtaining a financial advantage. High Court judge Justice Dr Thushara Kumarage found...

Youths amplifying Pacific voices at UN meeting

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By Sanjeshni Kumar Pacific youths have amplified their efforts to save their island homes and are calling on the world’s biggest emitters to commit to meaningful climate actions. This as greenhouse gas emissions increase annually while those responsible for burning most fossil fuels do not experience the most direct consequences of climate change. Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change (PISFCC) Campaigner,...

1.5 degree climate pledge ‘on life support’, Guterres tells leaders during frank exchanges

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During a private meeting of Heads of State and Government, held on Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for more action and leadership to tackle the climate crisis, warning that efforts to keep the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels is “on life support”. Speaking to journalists after the meeting,...

Samoa Government scraps COVID-19 travel requirement

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It's official. All health restrictions for travelers including mandatory COVID-19 testing have been scrapped, allowing anyone to enter Samoa freely effective today, Thursday 22 September. The announcement was made by Acting Prime Minister, Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio following Cabinet deliberation and approval in its weekly meeting. Tuala said Cabinet’s meeting on on Wednesday decided to remove all restrictions and related conditions from...

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