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Sunday 9 October 2011
Panama City, Panama
The G77 and China remains fully committed to this negotiations and to make the COP17/CMP7 in Durban a success, with a balanced and comprehensive outcome under the experience leadership of South Africa. "The Group believes this resumed session in Panama has proved to be of great added value, with positive results in terms of making concrete progress in order to arrive in Durban with greater clarity, an improved mutual understanding and concrete texts to work on, in several cases." - The Group of 77 and China.
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Friday 7 October 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"Tonga is considering accession to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention," said His Royal Highness Prince Mired Raad Al Hussein of Jordan, after concluding a two-day visit to the Pacific island nation. To date, 13 of the 16 Member States of the Pacific Islands Forum have ratified or acceded to the Convention, also known as the Ottawa Convention. - APMineBanConvention.org.
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Friday 30 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Power announced that The new electricity tariff for the Kingdom of Tonga will decrease by a total of 4.72 seniti to 93.28 seniti per kWh for electricity consumed in September on all four island networks. The new electricity tariff is effective from the meter readings taken as at the 1st of October 2011.
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Friday 30 September 2011
Auckland, New Zealand
Next week Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty will visit New Zealand as part of the organisation’s 50th birthday celebrations and he will discuss the human rights situation in the country and the rest of the Pacific
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Wednesday 28 September 2011
Geneva, Switzerland
Leaders of the movement to eradicate anti-personnel mines have welcomed the island nation of Tuvalu as the 157th state to join the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention. Tuvalu's accession was made official when it appeared in the United Nations Journal on 22 September. - Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.
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Wednesday 28 September 2011
Suva, Fiji
Australia is in the grip of a fierce debate over how to treat migrants and asylum seekers who have come to the country. Having had its "Malaysia solution" swap deal ruled out by the High Court, the government is seeking legislative change to give effect to this arrangement. – OHCHR.
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Wednesday 28 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will have a census in 63 days time, in November. Census is important as it provides the government, communities, businesses, churches, schools, academics and many other organisations with statistics which helps to accurately inform and plan public services. – Statistics Department.
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Tuesday 20 September 2011
London, UK
Commonwealth foreign ministers will hold their annual meeting on 22 September 2011 in New York to discuss preparations for the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) due to be held in Perth, Australia in October 2011. On Wednesday 21 September, the Secretary-General will be in Washington DC to attend the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting (CFMM). – Commonwealth.
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Monday 19 September 2011
Suva, Fiji
Aiming to raise awareness about deforestation issues in the Pacific Islands in the International Year of Forests 2011,the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Land Resource Division is organising a three-day technical meeting for senior forestry officials and partners in the region to discuss emerging issues, opportunities and possible ways forward for forestry in the Pacific.
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Wednesday 14 September 2011
Noumea, New Caledonia
Forum leaders expressed alarm that 75 per cent of all adult deaths in the Pacific are due to Non Communicable Diseases. An epidemic of chronic lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart failure and cancer is undermining economic development and has placed the region in "an NCD crisis".
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Tuesday 13 September 2011
Auckland, New Zealand
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will set up a sub-regional office in Tonga to cater for climate change and the environment.
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Thursday 8 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A statement from the Prime Minister's Office released today stated that the Cabinet underwent changes last week with the re-assignment of five ministerial portfolios as appointed by His Majesty, on the advice of the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano. - PMO
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Thursday 8 September 2011
Auckland, New Zealand
In a join statement, yesterday Pacific Islands Forum leaders and the Secretary-General of the United Nations stressed that climate change and ocean acidification remained the greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and well-being of the peoples of the Pacific; and reaffirmed the need for urgent international action to reduce emissions, following the the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Monday 5 September 2011
Tarawa, Kiribati
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived for a two-day visit in Kiribati on Sunday, and attended bilateral meetings before a state dinner in the island's capital, Tarawa, hosted by the President, His Excellency Anote Tong.
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Monday 29 August 2011
Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Governance and Legal Committee of the International Renewable Energy Agency or IRENA, concluded its first ever meeting last Thursday 25th August, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Tonga is currently the Chair of the GLC Committee, and leading Tonga's delegation is the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mahe 'Uli'uli Tupouniua, and includes the Communications Advisor to the Prime Minister, 'Ahongalu Fusimalohi, and the Prime Minister's Special Advisor, 'Akauola. – PMO.
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Wednesday 24 August 2011
Manila, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is assisting the people of the Kingdom of Tonga to gain high-speed internet access by financing the development of a submarine cable system. - ADB.
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Wednesday 17 August 2011
Suva, Fiji
Deputy Secretary Nides thanked the King for Tonga’s support of the international community in Afghanistan through the deployment of the Royal Tongan Marines. The United States applauds Tonga for its move to a more full democracy through its first popular majority parliament in elections last year and its ongoing development of an active and vibrant civil society. – US Department of State.
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Monday 15 August 2011
Sydney, Australia
The World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) intend to support the Pacific Island nation of Tonga gaining high-speed internet access for its population of 100,000 people through an underwater fiber optic cable. - ADB.
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Monday 15 August 2011
Suva, Fiji
On August 13, police broke up a regular meeting of the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) after revoking its permit to assemble. The move follows the recent arrest of FTUC President Daniel Urai and Mr. Goundar, a union official, for meeting with members to prepare for collective bargaining. – ITUC Press.
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Sunday 14 August 2011
Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand is committed to strengthening and deepening relations with our closest neighbours in the Pacific. This Government has made good progress on Pacific relations in the past few years since we came into office. We promised to increase the tempo and level of discussions with our neighbours in the Pacific, and we have delivered on that promise. - Rt Hon John Key.
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