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Penny Wong hails ‘constructive’ talks with Solomons PM amid deal to deliver vaccines for children

Foreign Minister Penny Wong said she had a “constructive” and “wide-ranging” discussion with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, which included addressing concerns over a recent bilateral security agreement between the Pacific Island nation and China. “Australia's view does remain that the Pacific family should remain responsible for our security - and the Pacific family is more than capable of...

WTO members secure unprecedented package of trade outcomes at MC12

World Trade Organisation(WTO) members successfully concluded the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Geneva on 17 June, securing multilaterally negotiated outcomes on a series of key trade initiatives. The “Geneva Package” confirms the historical importance of the multilateral trading system and underlines the important role of the WTO in addressing the world’s most pressing issues, especially at a time when global...

Fiji introduces sustainable management model for sea cucumber/beche de mer

After a five-year ban on the harvesting, trade, and consumption of beche de mer to allow populations to recover, the Fijian government are introducing a new management model for the species that sustainably supports the livelihoods of the communities that rely on this important marine resource. “We instituted the ban to preserve our people’s long-term food security and socioeconomic wellbeing....

Pacific states push for TPNW assistance to nuclear survivors

By Nic Maclellan Pacific delegates will play a key role at a major nuclear disarmament conference this week in Austria, as governments discuss the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons and implementation of the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Over the last year, Kiribati Ambassador to the United Nations, Teburoro Tito, has played a central role in...

Young Broncos forwards headline Cook Islands squad

Former Roosters and Sharks forward Tinirau Arona will return from England to provide experience for a young Cook Islands team named for this Saturday night's Pacific Test against Samoa. Arona, who plays for Wakefield in the Super League since 2016, is one of only seven members of the Cook Islands team which earned a place in the end-of-season World Cup...

CNMI men earn gold medal in tennis

The CNMI men’s team bagged the host’s first gold in the 2022 Pacific Mini Games after besting Vanuatu 2-1 Saturday at an American Memorial Park tennis court. The first match was between the NMI’s Robert Schorr and Vanuatu’s Clement Mainguy in the Men’s Singles. The two played with confidence, returning each shot with power behind the swing. After several lead exchanges,...

Papua New Guinea women win gold in tennis

The Papua New Guinea women’s team won the 2022 Pacific Mini Games gold medal in tennis by beating Fiji on Saturday at American Memorial Park. The PNG’s Abigail Tere-Apisah had a dominant performance as she shut down Ruby Coffin of Fiji 6-0, 6-0. Right from the start, Tere-Apisah controlled the pace, setting up smashes and returning with quickness and precision. In the...

CNMI comes through ‘with flying colours’

The CNMI is making history by hosting the Pacific Mini Games for the first time. On Friday over 3,000 spectators attended the opening ceremony at the Oleai Sports Complex while thousands more watched the livestream. In his opening remarks, Organizing Committee Chairman Marco Peter said: “When our honorable Gov. Ralph Torres gave us the green light to proceed with the...

Top Australian diplomat visits Solomons to address security concern

Australia's foreign minister landed Friday in Solomon Islands to address relations frayed by the Pacific nation's cosy ties and recent security pact with China. It is the latest stop in a South Pacific travel blitz by Foreign Minister Penny Wong, who is seeking to shore up regional ties against China's growing sway. It marks the first visit to the Solomons by...

Climate change: Bonn talks end in acrimony over compensation

Two weeks of climate talks in Germany have ended in acrimony between rich and poor countries over cash for climate damage. Developing countries say they are reeling from climate change caused by richer countries' emissions over hundreds of years. They hoped to get compensation onto the official agenda for discussions by world leaders in November. But in the German city of Bonn...

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