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Legal definition of ‘ecocide’ a new milestone in efforts to criminalise environmental mass destruction

A new, much-awaited legal definition of “ecocide” has moved the world a step closer to recognising the plunder and mass destruction of nature as criminal. This raises the possibility of having ecocide included under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), alongside four already recognised international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. That,...

Team Fiji names team to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

FASANOC’s Executive Board is making the following recommendations for Athletes and Officials to represent Team Fiji at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. National Federations have been working hard in preparing their teams with final submissions forwarded to FASANOC’s Selection Justification Commission (SJC). The SJC has vetted the nominations from the respective National Federations and forwarded its recommendations to the FASANOC Executive...

PNG Election dates approved

Papua New Guineans are expected to go to the polls to elect the 111 parliamentarians on 11 June 2022. Nominations will be received at 4pm on 14 April to 4pm on 21 April. Polling will start on 11 June. The return of writs will be on or before 15 July. Governor-General (GG) Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae’s acting official secretary Bill Toraso said...

PTI Australia delivers record Pacific investment deals through COVID-19

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia, an agency of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, has launched its 2020 Annual Report, highlighting more than AUD$20 million (US$15 million) in export deals and a record nine investment deals facilitated in the region, despite the challenging environment. PTI Australia Trade and Investment Commissioner, Caleb Jarvis, noted the impacts of the pandemic on the Pacific...

We’ll resolve Samoa’s crisis using ‘Pacific way’: Puna

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Henry Puna says they are using the “Pacific Way” to assist Samoa resolve its two-months-running constitutional crisis. In his first talanoa session recently with the media from the region following his appointment, the former Cook Islands prime minister said they will use the “Pacific Way” and have offered their support to assist Samoa. “We’re trying...

FAST swearing-in unlawful but Parliament must sit: Supreme court

The Samoa Supreme Court has declared the swearing in of the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party on the lawns outside Parliament was unconstitutional but has also ordered Parliament to convene within seven days from today, a decisive moment in the nation's power crisis. The Court has warned that any attempts to obstruct the Legislative Assembly meeting will...

Forum Secretary General welcomes civil society forum 2021

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretary general Henry Puna has welcomed the input of civil society leaders to regional policy, saying that regional stakeholders must rally together to “face the multiple challenges before us”. At the opening sessions of the 2021 Pacific Civil Society forum today, Puna stressed that working together is imperative for the Forum and civil society groups. “The world,...

COVID-19 Delta variant has potential to make ‘epidemic curve exponentially’

The head of the UN health agency expressed concern on Friday over the COVID-19’s delta variant, which he called “the most transmissible” mutation to date. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) told journalists at a regular briefing that delta has been identified in at least 85 countries and is “spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations”. “As some countries ease...

How do we stop the plunder of the Pacific? A panel of experts give their solutions

Over the last month, the Guardian has run a major investigative series examining the extractives industries – mining, logging, fishing and the nascent industry of deep-sea mining – in the Pacific. Among the stories of environmental devastation and social harm are also stories of Pacific communities taking control of their resources and succeeding in resisting unwanted extractive projects. As the...

Fiji 7s team crowned Oceania Champions

Fijian 7s team was crowned the PacificAus Sports Oceania 7s champions after remaining undefeated and urging All Black 7s 17-7 in their final match in Townsville. Coach Gareth Baber reshuffled his players during the three-day competition and named a mixture of experience and young players for their final match against New Zealand. Fiji started the match with a bang, outpacing their...

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