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Tuesday 1 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Newly released Pacific Hazardous Waste survey reports have identified the risk of asbestos materials to health in 13 Pacific Island countries, including Tonga. Fibres can travel to the lungs and result in asbestosis, mesothelioma and other lung cancers, stated PacWaste.
Thursday 27 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Strong new measures to tighten regulations on arms trade estimated at $100 billion worldwide are expected to be made during the first Conference of States Parties (CSP) for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Cancun, Mexico on 25 August. Campaigners say the Pacific will play a large role in preserving peaceful societies in an increasingly violent world, however some states, including Tonga, are neither a state party nor a signatory to this treaty.
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Sunday 23 August 2015
Jaipur, India
India is pushing for deeper cooperation with 14 nations of the strategically-located Pacific region. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a number of initiatives, including setting up of a space station in any of the countries and developing capacities in disaster management, The Times of India reported on 22 August.
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Friday 21 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Aquaculture plays a vital role in providing nutrition and jobs in developing nations but more aquaculture is needed. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that the amount of farm-reared fish must increase from 66 million tons annually to 93 million tons by 2030 to maintain current levels of per capita global fish consumption.
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Monday 17 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Atu Ala (39) is a vineyard supervisor at Provine viticulture in Marlborough after working her way up since arriving in New Zealand around five-years ago, under the Recognised Seasonal Employment Scheme (RSE).
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Thursday 13 August 2015

South Tarawa, Kiribati
Kiribati President Anote Tong today, 13 August 2015 called for a global and immediate moratorium on all new coal mines and coal mine expansions, and has called on all State leaders to back his call to action in the lead up to the Paris climate talks in December.
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Monday 10 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A one-year transitional arrangement for United States fishing vessels for 2016, agreed to on 5 August this year is expected to bring Pacific Islands countries higher fees for fewer fishing days than in the current agreement for 2015.
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Thursday 30 July 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pacific prosecutors they are regularly under pressure from different sources and need to protect their role, Tonga’s Acting Attorney General ‘Aminiasi Kefu told the 6th Pacific Prosecutors Meeting (PPA) that opened in Nuku’alofa today.
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Wednesday 29 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Prosecutors Association (PPA) whose objectives includes promoting and protecting the independence of prosecutors will hold its 6th Meeting on July 29-31 in Nuku’alofa.
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Friday 24 July 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukālala urged Pacific Ministers for Meteorology to find ways to advance climate and weather services in our region and to build resilience to high impact weather events on our small islands, when he opened the First Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology today 24 July in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 20 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After 11 years of Pacific ACP countries negotiating for an Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union, Pacific Trade and Fisheries ministers last week in Fiji in frustration called for a political dialogue with the EU to conclude the trade negotiation this year.
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Wednesday 15 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The economies of 14 developing member countries in the Pacific are expected to be unstable during 2015-2016, according to Pacific Economic Monitor Midyear Review, launched by the Asian Development Bank in Suva today, 15 July.
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Friday 10 July 2015

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
The 15th Pacific Games is currently underway in Port Moresby after it was opened by the Duke of York Prince Andrew on Saturday, 4 July at Sir John Guise stadium.
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Thursday 2 July 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The development of Tonga’s tuna fishing industry has failed miserably despite tireless efforts made by the Forum Fisheries Agency to support its development in Tonga over the past years, Hon. Semisi Fakahau Tonga’s Minister of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries, said in Tuvalu this week.
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Monday 22 June 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government has removed a cap on its Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) meaning there will be no longer be a limit to the number of workers from participating Pacific Islands countries.
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Monday 22 June 2015
Suva, Fiji
The visa system that performs national security checks of the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is experiencing technical problems, according to a statement from the US Embassy in Fiji.
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Saturday 23 May 2015
Iwakii-Fukushima, Japan
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged 55 billion Yen to 14 Pacific Island Countries to foster resilience against climate change and disaster, this morning 23 May 2015 in Iwaki, Fukoshima. “What will help us achieve this goal well is a community committed to the equality of all before the law, which places importance on democracy and has great regard for the human rights of each individual,” he said. He also raised questions for future pathways to growth.
Saturday 23 May 2015

Tokyo, Japan
Disaster risk reduction will be one of the main themes of the Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (PALM7) summit on May 22-23, together with other important issues such as the environment, climate change, sustainable development, people-to-people exchanges and maritime issues, Japan’s Prime Minister said in a statement ahead of the meeting, welcoming Pacific Island leaders to Japan.
Monday 18 May 2015
Nadi, Fiji
The President of Fiji, HE Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and the Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary General on Violence against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais, sent a strong and unified message at the start of a three-day conference on ending violence against children today, saying “Violence against children is not inevitable, it can be prevented.”
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Wednesday 13 May 2015
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Officials from across the region are meeting in Samoa this week to discuss Pacific responses to a changing climate. They meet with a renewed sense of urgency, as they consider shared positions for a global climate deal. That deal, will cement future international action on climate change. A bad deal will place our collective future in peril. – Shirley Laban.
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