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Fiji’s buoyant economy supports smaller budget deficits

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By Kishti Sen and Tom Kenny, ANZ Senior International Economist Looming elections usually see incumbent governments loosen constraints in an attempt to accelerate spending on previous and new promises. However, Fiji’s 2022-23 National Budget shows restraint in public sector spending,even though an election is due to be called within the next six months. It is also less aggressive on...

RC Blog: Who’s willing to pay for sustainability in the Pacific?

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Written by Simona Marinescu, Isabella Massa, Guillaume Lafortune After major setbacks to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Pacific needs fairer access to financing as it fights to overcome climate challenges. Crises in climate, geopolitics and global health have caused major setbacks for the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 global benchmarks adopted by all UN member states in...

The Commonwealth Games are an opportunity to promote inclusion and advance human rights through sport

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As the 2022 Commonwealth Games opens in Birmingham today and the Commonwealth Decade of Sport commences, the Commonwealth Secretariat is working to leverage the vital role that access to sport can play in promoting peace, better health, equal rights and sustainable development across the Commonwealth’s 56 member countries. Sport as an enabler for core Commonwealth principles Speaking at the Commonwealth Games,...

Sports ministers set human rights and health targets at Commonwealth Games’ meeting

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Trinidad and Tobago announce they will host Commonwealth Youth Games in Summer 2023 at the 10th Commonwealth Sports Ministerial Meeting. Sports ministers from across the Commonwealth have reaffirmed their commitment to using sport as a vehicle for ensuring the socio-economic, physical, and mental wellbeing of current and future generations - and the building of a common future that ensures that...

Pacific Climate Roundtable hears solidarity call from three COP Presidencies

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Pacific Island nations have received resounding support from the hosts of the world’s climate negotiations in the lead up to COP 27 this November. With just over a hundred days to go before the opening of the COP 27 in Sharm El Sheikh, the COP 26 President, Alok Sharma, delivered a public lecture and joined fellow COP global ‘troika host...

NZ PM Ardern, Luxon and ministers to visit Samoa for treaty anniversary

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Opposition Leader Christopher Luxon, and a slew of ministers are set to visit Samoa next week to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship. The treaty between New Zealand and Samoa was signed in 1962 two months after the Pacific islands nation became the first to achieve independence, having...

Greenpeace urges alliance against ‘rush to open deep-sea mining’

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Greenpeace is urging the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to halt plans the environmental group claims will allow destructive deep-sea mining to begin – starting in the Pacific. The ISA Council is meeting in Jamaica this week to discuss regulations that will determine where and how the sea floor can be mined. But Greenpeace Aotearoa campaigner James Hita has accused the ISA...

COP26 president highlights urgency of climate action in the Pacific

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By Sanjeshni Kumar The rest of the world is now waking up to what the Pacific has been warning about for decades. This statement was made by COP26 president Alok Sharma at Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji Islands while calling on world leaders to recognise the urgency of climate action. He said Pacific is forced to deal with the...

Nauru confirmed as host of 2026 Micronesian Games

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The Micronesian Games Council (MGC) confirmed Nauru will host the 2026 Micronesian Games during a virtual meeting held Saturday, 23 July. The MGC voted unanimously on the Nauru National Olympic Committee (NOC) Micronesian Games Association’s (MGA) bid to host the Games. The bid is supported by the Nauru Government and will have four years to prepare for the quadrennial event. President Lionel...

New Zealand’s new far, far north? Tokelau set to decide its future

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By Samson Samasoni Since 1925, Tokelau has been a New Zealand ‘colony’. That’s set to change – but this trio of atolls 500km north of Sāmoa has much to consider before choosing which path to take. In a decision our foreign affairs ministry describes as “momentous”, Tokelau’s future is again on the agenda. And potentially, Aotearoa may have to redefine...

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