The Ambassador of the European Union for the Pacific, HE Sujiro Seam presented his letters of credence to His Majesty King Tupou VI in a virtual ceremony yesterday, 28 September 2021. He noted the EU's long-standing cooperation in the energy sector and common priorities on climate change, sustainable development and oceans.
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Wednesday 29 September 2021
Tuesday 13 July 2021
Humanity is drifting into increasing danger. Climate change is accelerating; biodiversity is plummeting; hunger and extreme poverty are rising; and the gap between rich and poor is widening. These trends threaten not only human health and livelihoods, but also global peace and stability. Reversing them will require a shared effort to rebuild, and even upgrade, the systems on which we all depend – beginning with the global food system. By Gilbert F. Houngbo
Friday 13 March 2020
Sagufta Salma, from Fiji, has won a regional Commonwealth Youth Award and a £3,000 grant for her enterprise in turning waste material into sustainable furniture and home accessories. The awards were presented in London this week.
Monday 5 August 2019
More than 30 Pacific Island environmental practitioners and government officials, from 14 countries, including Tonga, will contribute more to protect biodiversity and ecosystems in their countries after receiving post graduate certificates in Ridge to Reef Sustainable Development from James Cook University, on 1 August, in Nadi, Fiji.
Friday 28 December 2018
New York, USA
This month’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland succeeded in producing a rulebook to implement the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Every UN member state signed on. But that will not be enough to head off climate catastrophe. It’s time to call in the engineers. When heads of state convene at the UN next September, the world’s leading engineers should greet them with a cutting-edge framework for global action. Energy transformation for climate safety is our twenty-first-century moonshot. By Jeffrey D. Sachs.
Tuesday 14 August 2018
New York, USA
This summer's fires, droughts, and record-high temperatures should serve as a wake-up call. The longer a narrow and ignorant elite condemns Americans and the rest of humanity to wander aimlessly in the political desert, the more likely it is that we will all end up in a wasteland. But instead of a Moses guiding humanity in this new and dangerous wilderness, a gang of science deniers and polluters currently misguides humanity to ever-greater danger. We are all climate refugees now and must chart a path to safety. By Jeffrey D. Sachs.
Thursday 22 February 2018
The Prime Minister of Fiji, Rear Admiral (Ret.), Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama officially opened the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM) on 20 February at the Sheraton Resort, Nadi, Fiji, attended by the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Rgt. Hon. Patricia Scotland and Helen Clarke.
Thursday 8 June 2017
“Biodiversity conservation is a pre-condition for achieving sustainable development,” says Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity on World Environment Day, 5 June. “We know that human health ultimately depends on the ecosystem products and services – fresh water, food and fuel sources – required for human wellbeing and productive livelihoods.”
Saturday 28 May 2016
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.
Friday 19 February 2016
Washington D.C., U.S.A
The US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel, will travel to Apia, Samoa; Nuku'alofa, Tonga; and Koror, Palau, February 20-25, for bilateral meetings and regional consultations. Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift will accompany Assistant Secretary Russel.
Saturday 3 October 2015
New York, USA
Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva Akilisi challenged world leaders to have moral commitment and moral courage to address climate change and global inequalities; and not be distracted by political priorities, when he made his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on 29 September. At the same time, he stated that his government was considering removing constraints to sustainable development “such as cultural perceptions and religious dogma.”
Monday 28 September 2015
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) estimates that the Asia-Pacific region will need to invest between $2.1 trillion and $2.5 trillion per year to fund a comprehensive agenda for sustainable development. Shamshad Akhtar.