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Vanuatu’s push for legal protection from climate change wins’ crucial support

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Vanuatu’s push for the international court of justice to protect vulnerable nations from climate change has received the backing of 1,500 civil society organisations from more than 130 countries, as it heads toward a crucial vote at the UN General Assembly later this year. In 2021 Vanuatu announced its intention to seek an advisory opinion by the international court of...

Economic security will strengthen Palau-Japan partnership- Whipps

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As one of the Indo-Pacific partners of Japan, Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr said the partnership should also include strengthening of economic security. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi made a short stop in Palau on Sunday where he met President Whipps with two leader agreeing cooperation to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Whipps said he sees the visit of...

Japan assures Pacific Islands Forum no discharge of treated wastewater if unsafe Japan assures Pacific Islands Forum no discharge of treated wastewater if unsafe

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A range of common Japan-Blue Pacific priorities, including updates relating to the planned discharge of treated Fukushima nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean, were discussed during a high-level visit to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat on the weekend. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Henry Puna met with Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yoshimasa Hayashi as part of the Minister’s...

Australia’s neighbours at risk of manipulation, spy chief says

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Democratic systems in Australia's region are at risk of being manipulated, with their leaders controlled and taken advantage of through “largesse”, Australia's overseas intelligence chief said in a rare public appearance on Tuesday. On China, Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) Director-General Paul Symon said he saw signs of growing discontent with a rigid domestic political system, which he suggested could lead...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to visit Solomon Islands, wider Pacific visit likely

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Chinese Foreign Minister and state councillor Wang Yi is likely to make a surprise visit to Solomon Islands in coming weeks, in another sign Beijing is intent on cementing security and commercial ties with the Pacific island nation while Canberra is consumed by the federal election. A senior Solomon Islands government source told the ABC that preparations had begun for...

NASA mission finds Tonga volcanic eruption effects reached space

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When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted on 15 January, 2022, it sent atmospheric shock waves, sonic booms, and tsunami waves around the world. Now, scientists are finding the volcano’s effects also reached space. Analysing data from NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, mission and ESA’s (the European Space Agency) Swarm satellites, scientists found that in the hours after the...

Asia-Pacific countries keen to promote ‘One Country One Priority Product’ to showcase their best agricultural products

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Countries across Asia and the Pacific are joining an initiative to promote and showcase the 'best of the best' of their special agricultural products – a move designed to ensure a high level of participation from smallholders to producers to exporters and others all along the value chain. To help build momentum, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United...

Fijian Drua vs Moana Pasifika square offf in clash of the Pacific

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It’s the reason the competition has been renamed ‘Super Rugby Pacific’. After decades of lobbying, the Pacific finally has two sides in the world’s best provincial rugby competition – the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika. And it has taken 13 Rounds in their inaugural season for both sides to go head-to-head. Both teams have already made massive statements this season and...

Nauru sports great and politician, and Tongan sport administrator join ONOC Executive

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Nauru Speaker of Parliament and President of the Nauru National Olympic Committee (NNOC) Marcus Stephen and Takitoa Taumoepeau, Secretary-General of the Tongan Association of Sport and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC) are the newest members of the ONOC Executive. Leaving the ONOC Executive Board after exemplary service at global level in the Olympic Movement are John Coates, who recently stepped down...

Climate: World getting ‘measurably closer’ to 1.5-degree threshold

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There is a 50:50 chance of average global temperature reaching 1.5 degrees Celcius above pre-industrial levels in the next five years, and the likelihood is increasing with time, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), published on Tuesday in Geneva. The Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update also reveals a 93 percent likelihood of at least...

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Moses Uludong announces bid for Palau’s Presidency

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Moses Uludong, a media personality and former politician, has announced his candidacy for the presidency of Palau, challenging current contenders President Surangel Whipps Jr....

Japan to increase MSDF Port calls to Pacific Island nations, Seeking stronger presence in...

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Japan to help Pacific Islands build Infrastructure; Marshall Islands to get ¥5 billion to...

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