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Monday 31 July 2017

Apia, Samoa
Finding the best areas to generate solar power in Pacific Island countries is now possible with a new free tool, Global Solar Atlas, facilitated by the World Bank, and launched today, 31 July, at the Pacific Power Association (PPA) Conference in Apia, Samoa. At the click of a button, the application will help investors and policymakers identify potential sites for this renewable energy.
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Monday 31 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was a decline in the flow of tourists from Australia to the Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga during the first four months of 2017, according to the July 2017 issue of the Asian Development Bank Pacific Economic Monitor.
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Friday 28 July 2017

Port Vila, Vanuatu
Drones will be trialled for the first time in the Pacific to deliver lifesaving vaccines to inaccessible remote communities in Vanuatu starting in August. The trial will test the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of drones to be used on a regular basis.
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Thursday 27 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prominent Australian economist, Dr Patricia Ranald, has called the Pacer-Plus agreement a “failed” regional agreement, because it excluded Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.
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Tuesday 25 July 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Economic growth in the Pacific is expected to remain at 2.9% in 2017 followed by 3.3% in 2018, according to the ADB's Asian Development Outlook 2017 supplement.
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Monday 24 July 2017
Suva, Fiji
Concerns over El Nino impacts in the Pacific region during the planet's warmest half-year year on record between January to June 2016 is leading to better preparedness for coordinating humanitarian responses to disaster affected people in the Pacific.
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Saturday 22 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A single extreme weather event can wipe out progress for Pacific Islands, while much of the financial cost of loss and recovery is borne by the Private Sector. Dame Meg Taylor told the Green Climate Fund Structured Dialogue in Nuku'alofa this week, that "involving the private sector to help shape climate and disaster resilient development is crucial."
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Wednesday 12 July 2017
Suva, Fiji
“As Pacific islanders, we have been made custodians of our greatest assets – our people, our culture, our land and our oceans, by our forefathers. A duty we need to fulfill because if we are not careful, we will not only lose our home but we will lose the economic benefits that sustains our livelihoods,” said Christopher Cocker, CEO of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), at the Climate Action Pacific Partnership Event held last week in Suva, Fiji.
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Wednesday 12 July 2017

Suva, Fiji
Dr Mahendra Reddy, Fiji’s former Minister for Education who was charged with bribery and undue influence would have his trial set for September 6 and 8.
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Monday 3 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police's final contingent to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) returned to Tonga when the 14-years regional peacekeeping mission ended on 30 June in Honiara.
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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Waikato, New Zealand
Roger Pikia, the head of a New Zealand Maori tribe that owns the operation of over 700 hectares of forestry on Tonga's ‘Eua Island, is under fraud investigation.
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Wednesday 21 June 2017

Suva, Fiji
A conference designed to raise awareness of opportunities and challenges affecting Pacific Island Countries saw policy makers, academics, researchers, private sector and public sector partners, business people and other development practitioners gather over two days at the University of the South Pacific on 20 - 21 June 2017.
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Friday 16 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Only one Pacific Islands heritage site – the Taputapuātea Marae on Ra’iatea Island - has been nominated among 35 world-wide sites under consideration for UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2017, after the people of Opoa in French Polynesia worked for many years to win recognition for its important place in Polynesian voyaging history. The nomination by France asserts that the Pacific region is under-represented in the system of World Heritage properties.
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Wednesday 14 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Bill English will visit Tonga for the first time on June 15-17, during his 2017 Pacific Mission tour.
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Tuesday 13 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Meeting in Nuku'alofa today, military participants from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Australia, United States, and Tonga’s HMAF are taking part in a three-day military legal workshop, relating to defence forces' deployment to another country in times of crisis.
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Tuesday 13 June 2017

Port Vila, Vanuatu
Over 100 stakeholders from across the Pacific are attending a logistics and communications cluster workshop with the aim to help Pacific nations to plan, prepare, respond and recover from emergencies such as natural disasters in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 12 - 16 June.
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Wednesday 7 June 2017
Rome, Italy
Illegal fishing operators will now find it harder to offload and sell the fish they catch, under enhanced United Nations measures to stamp out llegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
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Tuesday 6 June 2017
Apia, Samoa
“As we commemorate World Environment Day, connecting with nature, we focus our periscope on our Ocean. We must remember that our actions affect the ocean, even if we don’t live by the beach or eat fish. Reducing our carbon dioxide emissions will support ocean health – and the alternative is grim," said Mr Kosi Latu, Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), this World Environment Day.
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Monday 29 May 2017

Majuro, Marshall Islands
The University of the South Pacific (USP) Convention, which legally embeds the university in member countries, was signed by eight country governments including Tonga at the USP’s 84th council meeting in Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands on 25 May.
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Wednesday 24 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The arrival of high-speed Internet to the Pacific continues to bring opportunities such as business growth and job creation, but it also brings malicious cyber actors who can target victims in the region. This week, Tonga is the centre of a cybercrime workshop as senior officials from 13 Pacific island countries meet from 23 – 25 May.
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