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Palau President Whipps urges bold action from world leaders to ensure survival from climate change

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Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr called on world leaders to set aside differing political views and collaborate on a bold climate action. The president is among the Pacific leaders and ministers who joined a virtual dialogue hosted by the United Kingdom Thursday, ahead of the United National climate conference in Glasgow in November. “As a Small Island Developing States (SIDS), our...

Climate change expert warns of severe cyclones

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The Pacific Island Forum climate change adviser Exsley Taloiburi has warned of more severe tropical cyclones in the region in the coming years. Taloiburi said at the beginning of this year, Fiji had about three cyclones that wreaked in six weeks. He said for the last seven years there have been six category five cyclones impacting the region with an average...

Battle not yet lost, says Fiji’s Heath Secretary Dr Fong

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We are not giving up the fight against the COVID-19 virus in Fiji. This was the statement by Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong as the COVID-19 cases continued to soar, with a record 791 cases announced on Wednesday. Dr Fong remained adamant that the battle was not yet lost. “We are just shifting our priorities to mitigate the worst effects...

Time running out for countries on climate crisis front line

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The world’s running out of time to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius, a matter of life or death for climate vulnerable countries on the front line of the crisis, the UN Secretary General reiterated on Thursday. Speaking to the first Climate Vulnerable Finance Summit of 48 nations systemically exposed to climate related disasters, António Guterres said...

No jab, no job – Fiji Government policy enforced through law

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All employers and employees in Fiji's private sector and statutory bodies are to receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 01 August, 2021 in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted this while delivering his statement Thursday night. He said: “It is simply unfair for anyone to risk the health of...

Pacific leaders join forces ahead of landmark climate summit

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Pacific leaders Thursday (08 July) met COP26 President Alok Sharma to set out their priorities for the major climate change summit in November. Underscoring what is at stake for the Pacific, leaders and Ministers from 11 countries across the region joined a virtual dialogue hosted by the UK to outline their commitment to ramping up climate action and urge for...

Ongoing uncertainty may well now justify the doctrine of necessity: Samoa Supreme court

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The current (political) climate of ongoing turmoil and uncertainty, may well now justify the operation of the doctrine of necessity to validate the events of the 24 May 2021 swearing-in outside the chambers of Samoa Parliament so that the business of lawful governance of the nation can proceed. So ruled the Supreme Court late Thursday on the motion by the...

Fiji records 721 new cases and six deaths reported

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Fiji has reported 721 new positive COVID-19 cases and six deaths Thursday. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the first COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old woman from Vatuwaqa. Dr Fong said a ministry response team attended to her at home and, assessing that she was severely ill, transferred her to the FEMAT field hospital. He said...

COVID death toll passes 4 million: Global Vaccine Plan essential, declares UN Chief Guterres

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The global death toll due to COVID-19 officially passed four million late on Wednesday, marking yet another “grim milestone” and underlining the urgent need for the world to put a Global Vaccine Plan in place to get the pandemic under control, said the UN chief in a statement. “Many of us know this loss directly and feel its pain”, said...

Fiji PM joins Pacific leaders and UK at high level climate dialogue

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Pacific Island Leaders and the United Kingdom convened a High Level Climate Dialogue Thursday to discuss the priorities ahead of COP26 to be held in Glasgow in November this year. The meeting led by the Secretary of State and COP26 President Alok Sharma provided an opportunity to update Pacific Leaders on the progress of key issues, and hearing first hand...

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Palau president Whipps calls on UN to include Taiwan

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