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Scientists urge end to fossil fuel use as landmark IPCC report readied

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The world must abandon fossil fuels as a matter of urgency, rather than entrusting the future climate to untried “techno-fixes” such as sucking carbon out of the air, scientists and campaigners have urged, as governments wrangled over last-minute changes to a landmark scientific report. Talks on the final draft of the latest comprehensive assessment of climate science, from the Intergovernmental...

Pacific leaders concerned of China’s growing influence

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Pacific development partners are determined that the region has become a contested space once again. Australia and New Zealand are recently concerned of China’s growing presence and influence in the Pacific provided the recent leak of a draft security deal between the Solomon Islands and China These traditional ‘big brothers’ say they respect the sovereignty of individual Pacific Island states but...

UN rights body appoints Tuvalu negotiator as climate change expert

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The UN top rights body appointed an expert on climate change and human rights for the first time on Friday, a move that is expected to embolden environmental defenders and provide more support for victims of extreme weather. The new Special Rapporteur position was formally created by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council in October at the same time as the...

Solomon Islands won’t allow Chinese military base, says PM’s office

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Amid a regional backlash, the Solomon Islands said it would not allow a Chinese military base in the Pacific islands nation despite its plans to sign a security pact with Beijing. A day after officials from the two countries initialled a draft agreement on security, the office of Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said on Friday the agreement does...

NZ Foreign Minister says Pacific leaders may need to meet as Solomon Islands prepares to ink China security deal

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New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta says Pacific leaders may need to meet as Solomon Islands prepares to ink China security deal Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta says Pacific leaders want “greater clarity” from the Solomon Islands about their contentious China security deal, and may need to bring forward a crucial regional meeting. Mahuta last week travelled to Fiji to sign a...

Tuvalu ratifies the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

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Tuvalu has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), bringing the total number of Treaty ratifications to 172 and underscoring the Pacific island state’s commitment to ending all nuclear tests, everywhere. The move was marked on 31 March 2022 in a Treaty ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, attended by Tuvalu’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Samuelu...

Fiji’s 2022 General Election will be highly contested

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Fiji's 2022 General Election will be a highly contested one that can only be won by political parties that work together says former politician, Mick Beddoes. Speaking to FBC News, Beddoes believes Fiji’s political landscape is evolving, predicting that it’s very likely that no party can win outright to replace the FijiFirst government. But Beddoes warns all those that intend to...

Nauru records first COVID cases

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Nauru’s President Lionel Aingimea has announced the first two COVID-19 cases in Nauru, while stressing that there is no cause for panic. The two COVID-positive people arrived on a passenger flight on 31 March. They remain in quarantine. President Aingimea says both persons are well and do not have any symptoms, and are being cared for by the medical team at...

‘We are not interested in dirty money’, Palau President Whipps says

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The response to Palau’s much-ballyhooed digital residency programme has been much slower than expected. So far, 800 people have signed up since the programme went online in January. Although well below the target, that number is passable for now, according to Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr. “We had zero and now we have 800. The goal is 7 billion, but we...

Forum and FIFA sign partnership on climate change

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FIFA and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) over the weekend signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), in the margins of the 72nd FIFA Congress in Doha, committing to working together to enhance awareness of climate change mitigation action to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and leverage opportunities for climate-resilient football development in the Blue Pacific region. The partnership...

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