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Wednesday 26 October 2016
Apia, Samoa
A new Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC), jointly funded by the Governments of Japan and Samoa as well as the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) will be based in Apia, Samoa and ready by 2018 to address climate change challenges in the region.
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Tuesday 18 October 2016
Suva, Fiji
Ending extreme poverty is possible, says the World Bank after announcing its commitment for a poverty free world by 2030 as it observed the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October. Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, visited Fiji to mark the occasion
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Friday 23 September 2016

Apia, Samoa
Stronger guidelines to assess the impact of development on the environment in the Pacific have just been released by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
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Thursday 22 September 2016

Suva, Fiji
A device to use ocean waves as an energy source in the Pacific Islands has been invented by staff and a student at the University of the South Pacific and was recently patented by Intellectual Property Australia.
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Thursday 15 September 2016

Nadi, Fiji
Pacific women and girls can live free from violence - because violence against them is not inevitable and it can be prevented, was the message for more than 40 specialists from across the Pacific meeting in Nadi, Fiji, from 12-15 September. There is a need to change attitudes which condone violence.
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Wednesday 14 September 2016
Manila, Philippines
Some 22.5% of Tonga’s population - or over 23,200 people live below the national poverty line, according to the Asian Development Bank's latest statistics released yesterday. The high cost of living as well as lack of access to basic infrastructure, services and utilities and the lack of employment or opportunities to generate income make it difficult for people to meet their basic needs.
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Monday 12 September 2016
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
The interests of Pacific Members must be at the heart of discussions when looking at how they could influence an effective future engagement through the ACP with the EU, said Dame Meg Taylor, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, at a Pacific Forum Secretariat meeting on 8 September 2016 in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.
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Sunday 4 September 2016
Manilla, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) plans to spend up to $2.5 billion in loans and grants to strengthen economic development in 14 Pacific Island countries after it unveiled a new five-year strategy on 1 September.
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Thursday 7 July 2016
Suva, Fiji
Pacific Island countries will soon have a regional roadmap to guide efforts towards implementing and monitoring the 17 goals outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty.
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Tuesday 28 June 2016
Suva, Fiji
The Republic of Kiribati and EU citizens (Schengen Area) are to be exempted from visa requirements when travelling into, from or transiting through the territories of the other for a short period, under a short-stay visa waiver agreement signed on 23 June.
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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.
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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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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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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

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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Friday 3 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has received a $3 million grant and a $3 million loan approved by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to strengthen long-term economic growth and to have the capacity to respond to external economic shocks such as those caused by natural disasters.
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Saturday 28 May 2016
Suva, Fiji
Statisticians from governments and development partners throughout the Pacific will meet in Lautoka, Fiji, next week to discuss major statistical projects that will inform government policy and decision making, supporting sustainable development in the region.
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Wednesday 25 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga, as the third “most vulnerable” country in the world, is making a commitment to reduce disaster and climate-related risks, Tonga’s delegation told the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, that opened on Monday May 23.
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Monday 23 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tackling the Pacific’s leading cause of death, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will be the focus of Pacific Island leaders when they meet in Nuku’alofa, Tonga between 20-22 June 2016. United Nations Development Programme Administrator, Helen Clark, will deliver a keynote address at the summit, which will be opened by HM King Tupou VI.
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