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Friday 24 June 2016

Nadi, Fiji
A three-year initiative, involving education ministries in Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Solomon Islands, to improve education quality by increasing literacy and numeracy levels of students in the Pacific region, was discussed when education leaders from the three countries met in Fiji this week.
Thursday 23 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Urgent and stronger action to fight non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Pacific region is the key message to come out of the NCD summit, attended by over 120 high-level delegates around the Pacific region and international development partners, this week in Nuku’alofa.
Tuesday 21 June 2016
Suva, Fiji
A Pacific Resilience Program, (PREP) which comprises of a number of projects aimed to strengthen Pacific Island countries resilience to natural disasters and climate change was launched today, 21 June in Fiji.
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Monday 20 June 2016

Suva, Fiji
Faster response to disaster-impacted areas will rely on new software, which was released for training at Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture in Suva, on 25 May. The software, part of a global initiative by UNOCHA, will be used across the Pacific and in Fiji to reduce the impact of disaster on agriculture and food security.
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Monday 20 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific is on the global frontlines of the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases and the time has come for action with deadlines to reverse the crisis without delay, regional leaders heard at the opening of the Pacific Non-Communicable Diseases Summit in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, this morning.
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Monday 20 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The United Nations Development Program Administrator Helen Clark arrived in Tonga on Saturday and will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural Pacific Non Communicable Diseases Summit in Nuku’alofa this morning. The NCD Summit (20-22 June) will be opened by King Tupou VI.
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Friday 17 June 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Pacific Island countries can’t manage their current level of debts, the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) reveals in a new report. In a low key statement, PASAI said yesterday that debt in Pacific Island countries is currently “at unsustainable levels” and that they need to improve their debt management strategies.
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Thursday 16 June 2016
Suva, Fiji
The Government of Nauru has reinforced its commitment to children’s rights by passing the Child Protection and Welfare Act on 10 June. This means legal provisions for the welfare, care and protection of all children in Nauru under the age of 18.
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Thursday 16 June 2016
Nadi, Fiji
Leading spokespersons for the Forum Island Countries on PACER Plus have come out slamming a PANG assessment they say is a “lopsided and inaccurate view” on PACER Plus, that was commissioned by the Pacific Network on Globalisation.
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Tuesday 14 June 2016
Suva, Fiji
PACER-Plus trade talks may lead to serious implications for Pacific island countries with a range of concerns raised on gender, health, food and national sovereignty, states a report commissioned by the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG).
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Tuesday 14 June 2016
Suva, Fiji
The new Pacific Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Climate Change project (PEBACC) has set up an office in Suva, Fiji.
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Tuesday 14 June 2016

Noumea, New Caledonia
In a first for the Pacific islands, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, was elected as President of the upcoming 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.
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Tuesday 14 June 2016
Beijing, China
In 2015 there were 151 Tongan nationals studying in the People’s Republic of China according to the country’s Department of North American & Oceanian Affairs. Of the 151 students in China, 99 were scholarship students.
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Monday 13 June 2016
Majuro, Marshall Islands
A new United States Government fishing regulation that went into effect late last month, violates a conservation measure for high seas fishing in the Western and Central Pacific, “This is a superpower abusing a measure agreed to in December 2015,” said Dr Transform Aqorau today, 13 May.
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Saturday 11 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Up to 250 Tongans who applied to the New Zealand government’s Pacific Access Category Quota for a chance to obtain residence visas, had applications drawn out on Friday.
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Thursday 9 June 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Donors have committed over NZD$1 billion for sustainable energy projects in the Pacific after a Pacific Energy Conference completed in Auckland on 7 June.
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Wednesday 8 June 2016

Apia, Samoa
Pacific people are urged to be part of the Wave for Change social media campaign and commit to activities to protect the ocean from threats such as climate change, ocean acidification, marine pollution and overfishing as part of World Oceans Day today, 8 June. SPREP says the ocean needs to be protected from threats such as climate change, ocean acidification, marine pollution and overfishing as it plays a vital role covering 98% of the Pacific region that consists of only 2% of land area.
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Friday 3 June 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Secretary-General of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Octovianus Mote has been refused entry to Papua New Guinea and says no reason was given.
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Friday 3 June 2016

Yaren, Nauru
Nauru has abolished its death penalty and decriminalised homosexuality after recently amending its criminal code. Tonga and Papua New Guinea remain the only two countries in the Pacific to retain the death penalty for crimes such as murder, while six Pacific countries still criminalize homosexuality, including Tonga.
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Saturday 28 May 2016
Hagatna, Guam
Pacific Ministers for Culture have declared to meet every two-years instead of every four years, in their call for ongoing support to the region’s cultural sector during their Third Meeting in Guam this week.
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