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Former Fiji PM Bainimarama, Sayed-Khaiyum among others resign from FijiFirst

Former Fijian Prime Minister and FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama has resigned from the party leader’s position, reports FBC News. FijiFirst founding member Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed that Party President Ratu Joji Satakala and Vice President Adi Selai Adimaitoga have also resigned from their positions and as party members. Second Vice President Ravindran Kumaran has also resigned. Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed Acting General Secretary Faiyaz Koya...

AOSIS proposes new climate finance goal to drive 1.5°c ambition

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) has published a substantial proposal aimed at setting a new climate finance goal, the New Collective Quantified Goal on Climate Finance (NCQG). This initiative seeks to bolster efforts to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, in line with the Paris Agreement targets. As small island nations grapple with the escalating impacts of...

Marine species disappear amid dredging works

By Ilaitia Turagabeci As dredging works moved downstream in the Sigatoka River, Kulukukulu Village headman Christopher Herbert Work watched as the machines heading towards them dug up the river and spewed out sand and gravel to the riverbanks. The gravel flung ashore destroyed coconut trees, gardens and mangrove vegetation, upon which they and their marine species had fed off for generations. Work...

Palau president expects China to try to meddle in election

The Pacific island nation of Palau expects China to attempt to meddle in a national election later this year over its recognition of Taiwan, President Surangel Whipps Jr said in an interview in Tokyo. His support of Palau's recognition of Taiwan as a sovereign state makes him “the enemy” in the eyes of China, Whipps said, adding that China “would...

Pacific Ocean Commissioner calls for global ocean literacy on World Ocean Day

On a significant event of World Ocean Day on 08 June, the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, Dr Filimon Manoni joined voices worldwide to honour the ocean's vitality and underscore its crucial role in the lives of Pacific peoples and the global community. “Since its inception in 1992, this day has grown in significance, and thirty-two years later, its momentum continues to...

World Oceans Day event highlights immediate action to protect oceans

UN World Oceans Day, celebrated on Friday at UN Headquarters in New York, focused on “opening minds, igniting senses, and inspiring possibilities” to protect marine life worldwide. A powerful video was shown echoing the theme, awaken new depths, warning of immediate protection needs and cautioning that there is no time for an “out of sight out of mind” sense of...

Pacific Islands Kava producing countries agree on the Plan for regional and United Kava approach

The Pacific is one step closer to protecting the cultural heritage, quality, intellectual property, and economic benefits of Pacific kava. Pacific Kava producing countries have agreed on the Implementation Plan for the Regional Kava Development Strategy, part of a collective approach to kava protection and working as one Blue Pacific to address economic issues. “I need not emphasise the role kava...

26th Micronesian Islands Forum 2024 concludes with signing of joint communiqué and letter to Biden

Following two days of discussions on emerging issues and proposed action, regional leaders from Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia(FSM), the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the Republic of Nauru, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the FSM states Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap gathered on Wednesday evening to sign the 26th...

PM stresses merit-based NRL bid for PNG

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has emphasised that PNG’s bid for a team in the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) must be based on merit and supported by the PNG corporate sector to ensure the team’s long-term sustainability. He also talked about economic benefits of a PNG team in the NRL competition. Marape addressed any misunderstandings regarding PNG’s NRL...

Super Rugby Pacific: Semi-Final Fixtures confirmed

The 2024 Super Rugby Pacific Semi-Final fixtures have been confirmed, with the Hurricanes and Blues earning precious home ground advantage next weekend. With a spot in the Super Rugby Pacific Grand Final up for grabs, the Semi-Finals kick off on Friday 14 June with the Blues welcoming the ACT Brumbies to Eden Park (5.05PM AEST). The action continues on Saturday 15...

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International concern over Tonga’s debate on death penalty for drug offences

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AOSIS lead negotiator Rasmussen urges swift action and robust financing to address Climate threats

AOSIS Climate lead negotiator, Anne Rasmussen of Samoa, emphasised the coalition's vulnerability to climate change at the Sixtieth Session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB60)...