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Thursday 23 November 2017
Bonn, Germany
Developing countries had a win at COP23 after difficulties arose when developed countries as well as Fiji, who was presiding over the conference, almost side-lined pre-2020 climate action negotiations in Bonn, Germany.
Thursday 2 November 2017

New York / Suva
Children as young as 12 months old around the world are experiencing violence in their homes by those entrusted to take care of them, reveals a new UNICEF report released on 1 November. Six out of every 10 one year olds in 30 countries are subjected to violent discipline on a regular basis and nearly a quarter are physically shaken as punishment. One in 10 are hit or slapped on the face, head or ears.
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Friday 27 October 2017

Suva, Fiji
With the intensity of disasters increasing in the Pacific region, the risk of gender based violence in emergencies (GBViE) for women and children is also increasing, said Ms Shamima Ali, Coordinator of the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) at a five day Pacific Regional Workshop on GBViE this week, 23-27 October, in Suva, Fiji.
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Wednesday 25 October 2017

Manila, Philippines
Urging countries to conserve and protect Blue Sharks, delegates from Samoa and Sri Lanka are defending the future of the migratory species at a conference on conserving wild animals held in Manila, Philippines from October 23-28.
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Thursday 19 October 2017
Suva, Fiji
Fiji has become the first developing country to issue a green bond in its bid to raise $100m (US$50m) for climate change mitigation, adaptation, and other environmental-friendly projects.
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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Suva, Fiji
Fiji will receive a $31 million grant from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) through the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and a $42 million ADB loan for climate resilience projects and improving water and sanitation services.
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Thursday 12 October 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The World Bank is convinced that its Pacific Possible PP initiative will boost economic growth in the Pacific Island Countries PIC over the next 25 years.
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Wednesday 11 October 2017
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Least Developed Countries are calling on the global community to do more at the upcoming Climate Change negotiations (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, next month. Representing 47 of the world’s poorest countries, they are committing to fully support Fiji presiding over COP23.
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Tuesday 10 October 2017

Port Vila, Vanuatu
A platoon of Royal Tonga Marines from His Majesty’s Armed Forces (HMAF) has joined the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) to evacuate around 11,000 residents from the active volcanic Ambae Island in Vanuatu on 30 September.
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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Sydney, Australia
Tongan coconut based products made by Island Rose Dream attracted interest from beauty professionals at the Beauty Expo Australia held in Sydney in August, as part of the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia’s Pacific Showcase.
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Friday 22 September 2017
Suva, Fiji
A declaration outlining actions to tackle Climate Change is circling the Pacific Island countries for support before being delivered to world leaders at COP 23 in Bonn, Germany.
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Friday 22 September 2017

Nadi, Fiji
Addressing a way forward for early childhood education was the focus of the first Pacific Early Childhood Development Conference held on September 19-21 on Denarau Island, Nadi.
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Thursday 21 September 2017
Momi Bay, Fiji
A push for the development of political parties in democratic societies in the Pacific by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was the focus of a dialogue held this week in Momi Bay, Fiji where over 40 representatives from the Pacific region attended, including Tonga. UNDP's Bakhodir Burkhanov said political parties need to be “more than just a temporary vehicle for the promotion of the interests of one political leader or a small group”.
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Friday 15 September 2017
Brussels Belgium
Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing as well as environment degradation are some of the severe challenges the fishing sector is facing, especially in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region, further hurting their economies, particularly in their efforts to cut poverty and sustain growth.
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Thursday 14 September 2017

Santiago, Chile
Marine life in the Easter Island (Rapa Nui) waters, especially endemic species, should start thriving after the Chilean government declared it a marine protected area on 11 September. The protected area, one of the largest in the world, is around 740,000 square kilometers, roughly the size of Chile.
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Tuesday 12 September 2017
Apia, Samoa
An agreement to achieve universal health coverage and address non-communicable diseases in the Pacific region was signed by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Pacific Community (SPC) on 8 September in Apia, Samoa.
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Wednesday 6 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Chief Justices from the Pacific Islands are in Nuku'alofa this week, attending a workshop to strengthen judiciaries in the Pacific. The focus on judicial leadership is part of an Initiative funded by the New Zealand Government.
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Friday 1 September 2017

Suva, Fiji
‘The Beginning of Life’ a documentary focused on giving children the best possible start to life and reinforcing the proverb "it takes a village to raise a child", screened for the first time in the Pacific region on August 30, in Suva, Fiji.
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Thursday 31 August 2017

Nadi, Fiji
Tongan scientist, Siosiua Halavatau, is encouraging farmers to be “soil smart” when cultivating crops; to not overplough the land and to avoid using fertilizers and thereby play their part in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. By Finau Fonua
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Tuesday 29 August 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Legal officers who draft legislation for governments in the Pacific region, met in Tonga last week, 23-24 August to share expertise and to reinforce knowledge of legislative procedures.
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