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Climate and weather related disasters surge five-fold over 50 years, but early warnings save lives – WMO report

Climate change and increasingly extreme weather events, have caused a surge in natural disasters over the past 50 years disproportionately impacting poorer countries, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) said on Wednesday. According to the agencies' Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes, from 1970 to 2019, these...

Fijian PM Bainimarama receives a courtesy call from Forum SG Henry Puna

The Pacific Islands Forum Chair and Fijian Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama Wednesday received a courtesy call from the new Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum PIF, Henry Puna. In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama acknowledged Secretary-General Puna for his exemplary leadership and assistance rendered by the Secretariat during the 51st Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting. Reflecting on the successful...

Trade and transportation key agenda items for Micronesian leaders’ summit

The leaders of Micronesia are holding their annual summit in Nauru, with the dominant subject to be trade and transportation. This comes amid plans by all five members, Nauru, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau and Kiribati to leave the Pacific Forum. This subject is on the agenda but the Nauru president, Lionel Aingimea urged frank and candid...

Fiji records 290 new cases of COVID-19, eight new deaths reported

Fiji has recorded 290 new cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths Wednesday, increasing the total number of cases in the island nation to 46,936 and 502 deaths since the outbreak in April. Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 128 cases are from the Western division, 137 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji's main island...

Fiji Immigration appoints first female director

The Fijian Immigration department has announced the appointment of its new director, Amelia Kotobalavu Komaisavai with effect from 13 September 2021. Komaisavai’s appointment was confirmed after a series of selection processes under the Open Merit Recruitment and Selection (OMRS) guideline. Prior to this appointment as the new director, Komaisavai served as the Chief Policy and Research Officer at the Office of...

Fijian Drua’s 37 strong squad set to hit the training track in November

The Fijian Drua hope to be on the training track in early November, as the countdown begins to their debut season in the revamped Super Rugby Pacific competition. The first squad announcements are expected within a couple of weeks, along with the name of the coach who will lead the new franchise into battle next February. But with confirmation of the...

NZ and Fiji’s Olympic success a “springboard” for Oceania Rugby’s ‘Women in Rugby… Respect’ month

Oceania Rugby hopes to capitalise on the region’s success at the Tokyo Olympic Games as it promotes female participation at all levels of the game during ‘Women in Rugby… Respect’ month. Starting on Wednesday, Oceania Rugby will celebrate the achievements of Women in Rugby in the region through a series of themed events taking place throughout September. October will mark a...

Australian government supports Pacific Athletes to realise their Olympic dream

The impact of COVID19 left many Pacific nations in a difficult position in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic Games. The pandemic created a series of event cancellations that reduced both training and qualification opportunities, significantly hampering the ability of many teams to qualify or compete at their best. The Australia-Pacific Olympic and Paralympic Partnership...

COVID-19: Rich countries should donate at least 1 billion vaccine doses, says WHO panel

Rich countries must share their supplies of COVID-19 vaccines quickly, in line with recommendations made earlier this year by an independent panel appointed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the former co-chairs said on Tuesday. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, and Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, expressed deep concern over the slow pace of vaccine...

Tupaia Data Platform Helps Pacific Island Countries collect, analyse and act on information

By Marty Logan Do you know if midwife services are available at the Saupia Health Centre in Paunangisu, on the island of Efate in Vanuatu, in the Pacific Islands? I do, and I’ve never been within 1,000 kilometres of the facility — I found the information online within seconds thanks to a data platform called Tupaia. Developed in 2017 as a...

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