Friday, February 22, 2019

Fiji calls for urgent climate action

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama - whose country holds the Conference of Parties (COP23) presidency - said the need for urgency was obvious.

Pacific Island trade deal could cause harm, says report

The main impact of PACER Plus is to reduce tariffs and improve access for Australian and New Zealand exports and investment.

UN Alliance of Civilisations is fundamental – Guterres

The UN chief stressed that this is not the case today, citing the ethnic cleansing of Myanmar’s Rohingyas and Iraq’s Yazidi, whose men are slaughtered, and women and girls sold into slavery.

Drug cartels must be stopped – Fiji Police Chief

The Police Commissioner also highlighted more than a thousand referrals between member countries over the past two years have resulted in the disruption of criminal activities.

Concerns over China ‘shouldn’t prompt Pacific involvement’

Defence spokesman Richard Marles says the genuine benefit of the Pacific nations should be the focus.

Human rights activists condemn West Papua crackdown

Among the 537 people swept up in police raids across eight cities and towns on Saturday was Australian Ronda Amy Harman.

Australia pledge $6 million to help Pacific Islands better monitor coastal ecosystem

The Australian government has pledged $6 million (US$4.5 million) for “blue carbon” initiatives mostly in small Pacific Island countries.

UN report says natural disasters to become more destructive

Between 2000 and 2015, the low- and lower middle-income countries in the region experienced almost 15 times more disaster deaths than the region’s high-income countries.

UN: Healing of ozone layer gives hope for climate action

It shows that the concentration of ozone-depleting substances continues to decrease, leading to an improvement in the layer since the previous assessment carried out in 2014.

TC Mona to track southeast towards Fiji

Based on the projections and the six hours delay the centre of Cyclone Mona could make landfall in Vanua Levu tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow night.