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Thursday 6 June 2019

Manila, Phillipines
In the Pacific, a major disaster can slow the country’s gross domestic product by 1-2 percent, according to an Asian Development Bank Report titled, GDP tragedy: Preventing natural hazards from turning into economic disasters.
Tuesday 4 June 2019

Wellington, New Zealand
The New Zealand Defence Force has taken part in a multi-national fisheries patrol that covered an area 22 times the size of New Zealand. The operation, from 19-31 May involved seven members of the Forum Fisheries Agency, including Tonga. Some 57 vessels were boarded by authorities during the operation in the exclusive economic zones.
Friday 31 May 2019

Suva, Fiji
In the Pacific islands, about four in every five children between two to 14 years experiences some form of violent discipline. Violence at school is also high. Yet the impact of violence against children affects their development and continues into adulthood and the next generation, UNICEF Pacific Representative Sheldon Yett told a regional programme in Fiji this week.
Wednesday 29 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Robin Ord-Smith MVO has been appointed as the new British High Commissioner to the Kingdom of Tonga, as Britain reopens its diplomatic mission in Nuku‘alofa,13 years after departing in 2006.
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Tuesday 28 May 2019

Bangkok, Thailand
A new United Nations report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) progress urges countries to redouble efforts. On its current trajectory, Asia and the Pacific will not achieve any of the 17 SDGs by 2030. Many SDG targets related to the environment and natural resources are registering negative trends. Hazardous waste generation, the reduction in forest areas and the permanent water body extent are the three SDG indicators which are predicted to regress the most by 2030, compared to 2015.
Tuesday 28 May 2019

Apia, Samoa
Representatives from 15 Pacific islands are meeting in Apia, Samoa, from May 27-29 for the PacWaste Plus Inception Meeting, looking at ways to reduce the production of, and improve the management of, hazardous wastes, solid wastes and related aspects of waste water in their countries, aiming for a Cleaner Pacific by 2025.
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Friday 24 May 2019

Manukau City, New Zealand
Top Pacific musicians were recognized at the 15th Pacific Music Awards celebrated last night, 23 May, at the Sir Woolf Fisher Arena Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand.
Friday 17 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HRH Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku‘aho represented Tonga at the coronation of King Maha Vajralongkom Bodindradebayararangkun of Thailand in Bangkok, from 4-6 May 2019.
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Friday 17 May 2019

Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
An agreement to ensure the welfare of fishing crews in high seas fisheries was reached at the recent Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC) Officials annual meeting held earlier this month in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.
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Tuesday 14 May 2019

Manilla, Philippines
An agreement to boost investment in Fiji through the issuing of offshore Fijian dollar-linked bonds was reached between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Fiji Government last week.
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Friday 10 May 2019

Washington, USA
Thousands of communities across the North Pacific will benefit from significant upgrades to maritime infrastructure and improved connectivity following approval today by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors of two grants for US$38.5 million and US$33.1 million for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Marshall Islands, respectively.
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Thursday 9 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s participation at the Second Belt Road Forum 26-27 April, was commemorated with a reception at the Chinese Embassy, Nuku’alofa on Wednesday evening, 7 May 2019.
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Tuesday 7 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Host Country Agreements for the establishment of Asian Development Bank Country Offices in Kiribati, Tonga and Tuvalu were finalized in Denarau, Nadi, Fiji on 5 May 2019.
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Saturday 4 May 2019

Denarau, Fiji
With a dire warning that, “If we do not act now, by 2050, 90% of the region’s coral reefs will be dead, and there will be no commercially exploitable wild fish stocks left,” the President of the Asian Development Bank, Mr Takehiko Nakao, launched an ‘Action Plan for Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Blue Economies for Asia and the Pacific’ yesterday, 3 May in Fiji. By Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 3 May 2019

Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
On World Tuna Day we are reminded of the need to maximise the economic and social benefits from tuna for our people, our communities and our Pacific region. We are also reminded of the critical importance of protecting this rich resource,” says FFA Director General, Dr. Manu Tupou-Roosen.
Thursday 2 May 2019

Nadi, Fiji
A trust fund to boost climate change and disaster resilience in Small Island States (SIDS) was established by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Ireland on the opening day of the 52nd Annual Meeting of ADB’s Board of Governors on May 1, in Nadi, Fiji.
Thursday 11 April 2019

Suva, Fiji
Four in every 10 children in the Pacific Islands are missing out on early learning, disadvantaging them from the start, warns a new UNICEF report. Children in pre-primary education are more than twice as likely to be on track in mastering early literacy and numeracy skills than children missing out on early learning.
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Wednesday 3 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga High School student, Mele Kaufusi Fungavai ran with the Peace Torch of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run today, 3 April. The global Peace Torch run aims to inspire and involve people from all walks of life to express their hopes and dreams for a more peaceful and harmonious world.
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Monday 25 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A French Navy Ship ‘La Glorieuse’ and Maritime Patrol Aircraft 'Gardian' are conducting a surveillance mission of Tonga’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) aimed at stopping illegal trafficking.
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Wednesday 20 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five diplomats are presenting their credentials in a formal ceremony to HM King Tupou VI at the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa, during Diplomatic Week from 18 – 22 March, marking the beginning of the ambassadorships.
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