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Shift the power to a people centered humanitarian approach, Ilolahia tells ECOSOC

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Coordination and effectiveness of humanitarian assistance should be strengthened to support civil society and local humanitarian actors because government system cannot cope alone with the magnitude of the climate crisis. Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO), Executive Director, Emeline Ilolahia echoed a strong call at the opening of the ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) Humanitarian Affairs Segment, that is...

Fiji supports prohibition of Nuclear Weapons treaty

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Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has stated that Fiji will work with all states, large and small, to ensure a nuclear-free world and to heal the wounds of a dark nuclear legacy that continues to harm lives and communities throughout the region. “Today, Fiji is proud to join over 86 states to adopt a treaty on the prohibition of nuclear...

A call to action to eliminate cervical cancer in the Commonwealth

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Although treatable and preventable, cervical cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in some countries. Leading experts have called on governments to accelerate cervical cancer elimination efforts across the Commonwealth, where it is estimated that one woman will die of cervical cancer every three minutes if no action is taken by 2030. Today, cervical cancer researchers, policymakers, academics, advocates,...

Island nations urge Commonwealth leaders to bolster ocean climate action

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Small island nations are calling for strengthened global support for ocean and climate change action, just days before Commonwealth leaders convene in Kigali, Rwanda, to decide on the group’s priorities for the next two years. In their executive sessions later this week, heads of government are expected to discuss issues such as shared climate ambitions, financing climate and ocean action,...

Eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us: UN chief

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Nuclear weapons are “a deadly reminder of countries’ inability to solve problems through dialogue and collaboration”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, urging the international community to abandon them once and for all. “These weapons offer false promises of security and deterrence - while guaranteeing only destruction, death, and endless brinksmanship,” he said in a video message to the...

Ibrahim Thiaw appointed interim UN Climate Change head

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Mauritanian diplomat and head of the UN body to combat desertification Ibrahim Thiaw has been appointed interim executive secretary of UN Climate Change. Thiaw will take over the role when Patricia Espinosa, who has been in the job six years, steps down next month and “until the selection process for the new executive secretary is completed,” a letter to parties,...

President Fritch describes pro-independence candidates’ wins in Tahiti as catastrophic

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French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch has described the election of three candidates of the pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira party to the French National Assembly as catastrophic. They won all three seats in a run-off against candidates of his Tapura Huiraatira party, which in French Polynesia's assembly holds two-thirds of all seats. Fritch said French Polynesia is sending people to Paris who will...

Media Association of Solomon Islands recognise journalists with awards

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Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) has awarded local journalists and newsroom in the country with Excellency Awards in recognition of their hard work and contribution to the media industry in the country over the weekend. More than 10 awards were awarded to journalists based on an independent selection received from the submissions made to MASI. MASI President Georgina Kekea said...

Independent report finds ANZ’s financial literacy programme helps seasonal workers improve financial wellbeing

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An independent report by Melbourne's RMIT University into the impact of MoneyMinded, ANZ's financial inclusion programme, has found that the program has significantly strengthened the financial knowledge, skills and capabilities of seasonal workers. Commenting at the launch of the report, ANZ Fiji Country Head Rabih Yazbek, said: “ANZ's commitment to MoneyMinded reflects the importance we place on the financial wellbeing...

If we are to have a future, climate justice needs a legal footing

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The ICJ should issue a legal opinion on the rights of present and future generations to inhabit a world that is not ravaged by climate change effects. Opinion by Vanuatu Prime Minister, Bob Loughman Weibur Most, if not all societies, are traditionally founded on respect; respect for each other, and respect for the natural world that ultimately sustains us all. In...

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Forum DSG Nayasi calls for unified action against transnational organised crime in the Pacific

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Tonga’s 53rd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting launched – PM calls for more results,...

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