Cook Islands supports the United States of America and Canada’s proposal to ban longliners using shark lines and wire leaders in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean in a bid to save critically endangered shark species.
Kiribati's sudden withdrawal from the Pacific Islands Forum without wider political discussion by the government is out of order, the country's opposition leader and its first president Sir Ieremia Tabai says.
Majuro president David Kabua would have attended this week's first in-person meeting of Pacific Islands Forum leaders if members of his own government had not derailed an effort in February to undo legislatively-binding action to terminate the country's membership in the premier regional organisation.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is hoping his government’s more ambitious climate policy will help reset Pacific relations when he meets with island leaders next week, writes Wesley Morgan – Research Fellow, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University.
The Vanuatu government is confident it will receive full endorsement from Pacific Forum leaders for its campaign to seek an advisory opinion on climate change from the world's highest court - the International Court of Justice.
Election woes in Papua New Guinea continue to pile up with the sudden resignation today of a returning officer for Port Moresby Northeast and the indefinite suspension of voting in the National Capital District electorate.