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The Cook Islands is advanced in its application of the rights of children including health, education, social policies, water sanitation, “all the things that are important to grow healthy children,” says the newly-appointed UNICEF representative of Pacific Island countries, Sheldon Yett.
Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna and Foreign Affairs minister Marise Payne took to the Yaren international airport tarmac to provide the closing side event of the Nauru Leaders Forum.
The Parliament of the Republic of Fiji, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji and McGill University of Canada, is hosting regional participants to a two-week intensive management course specifically designed for senior secretariat staff of Parliament.
Pacific Forum Leaders have welcomed the increased air surveillance capacity of the new Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Aerial Surveillance Program funded by Australia under the Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP).
The Murienua petition has been decided, with Cook Islands Party candidate Patrick Akaiti Arioka named the elected Member of Parliament for the electorate by the High Court of the Cook Islands.
Twenty-eight participants from nine national parliaments including the Cook Islands are involved in a two-week intensive management course in Fiji, designed for senior secretariat staff of parliament.
A tense exchange sparked some high level fireworks at the Forum Leaders summit in Nauru on Monday as China’s head of delegation walked out after a flare-up on speaking rights at the Dialogue Partners session.
No-one is owning up to writing a press release, supposedly from the Democratic Party, which sets out options for using a $37 million “surplus” announced by the government recently.