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51st Pacific Islands Forum Communique

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The Fifty-First Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Retreat was held virtually on 06 August 2021, and was attended by the Heads of State, Government, and Territories of Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Solomon Islands was represented at Ministerial level, and French Polynesia and Tonga by Special Envoys. Forum...

Newly released IPCC report confirms grave risks in a warming world: SPREP

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Our future got much bleaker with the release of the first report in the sixth series from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday. Released just days before World Youth Day, the Report does not bode well for our future generations, reinforcing the same key messages from earlier IPCCC Annual Reports. Urgent changes must be made to limit...

Fiji calls on Australia to ‘walk the talk’ by adopting more ambitious emissions targets

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The Fijian government says it hopes “everybody can get on board” with a low carbon future, as pressure mounts on Australia to adopt stronger climate action in the wake of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Fiji's Attorney General and Minister responsible for climate change, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, told RN the IPCC report had again highlighted the “existential...

New Zealand designates Indonesia, Fiji as high-risk countries due to COVID-19

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The New Zealand Government has announced it was classifying Indonesia and Fiji as two “very high risk" countries, limiting travel from both countries to New Zealand. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said from 11.59pm on 15 August, travel from Indonesia and Fiji would be restricted to New Zealand citizens, their families, and parents of dependent children who were citizens. “Public health...

Kaiviti Silktails season ends, NSWRL abandon competitions

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The Kaiviti Silktails will return to Fiji sooner than expected. The NSWRL Board has made the very difficult decision to abandon a number of major competitions for the 2021 season in response to the COVID-19 outbreak across the Greater Sydney region. The competitions affected include The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup, Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership, Jersey Flegg Cup, Ron Massey Cup...

Fiji calls for action on latest climate report

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Human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and irreversible ways. This is highlighted in the latest report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released on Monday. The landmark study warns of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade. Fiji has more reasons than most having been battered by...

PM Sogavare defends mandatory vaccination policy

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Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has defended his governments decision to enforce the mandatory administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. Speaking during his weekly nationwide address the Prime Minister said that the country is faced with an imminent threat, and his government is taking decisive steps to address this threat. “We face one of the most dangerous variants of COVID-19 that...

Forum SG Puna responds to latest IPCC report

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The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate (IPCC) Working Group 1 report this week confirms what the Blue Pacific already knows to be true – our planet is in the throes of a human-induced climate crisis, and we have lost the luxury of time says Forum Secretary General Henry Puna. “On the current trajectory, we are on track to exceed the...

Fiji warns of “possible loss of entire countries within century” if global warming continues

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Fiji warns of “possible loss of entire countries within century” if global warming continues. The sixth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on Monday, is “very alarming,” said Fiji’s Ambassador to the UN, Satyendra Prasad. “It is discovered that It exceeds everything we thought the estimates were. It presents some of the catastrophic scenarios, which...

‘Edge of extinction’: Small island nations warn of rising sea levels

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Island nations across the world are warning that they face catastrophic consequences of rising sea levels and possible extinction, after a landmark UN report warned of the effects of a warming world. An alliance of 39 coastal and low-lying nations said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was a "major alert for the world" and called on more powerful...

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