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Tuna industry calls for harvest strategy - ‘Keep stocks in the green’

The tuna industry’s major players are calling for a more science-based approach to improve decision-making on management and conservation for skipjack tuna fisheries.

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Cook Islands supports bid for tighter restrictions on sharks

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.

Fiji gender equality and violence reduction programme gets $12.6m

The government has announced it will give $12.6 million to the Fiji Gender Action Programme to boost support and services for curbing violence against women.

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US pledges to deepen engagement in the region

United States vice-president Kamala Harris has assured Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Suva that Washington will "significantly deepen" its engagement in the region.

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Kiribati 'cooking something with China', says former president

Former Kiribati president Anote Tong suspects a major agreement is "cooking" between Beijing and Tarawa after the country's decision to quit the Pacific Islands Forum.

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Vanuatu declares malaria outbreak in four provinces

Vanuatu has declared an outbreak of malaria with hotspots on four different islands across four different provinces.

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Climate funding to support Pacific seed crops

The government is putting $10 million of its $1.3 billion climate aid fund towards conserving Pacific crop seeds and researching climate-resilient varieties.

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Micronesia bloc responds to Kiribati's departure from Pacific Forum

The four Micronesian nations are "saddened" by Kiribati's shock decision to leave the Pacific Islands Forum regional body (PIF), the Federated States of Micronesia president says.

Pacific Islands


United States announces new commitments including embassies, strategy on Pacific

The United States has announced a suite of new commitments in an effort to boost its relations with Pacific Island countries during the Forum Leaders' Meeting taking place in Suva.

Pacific Islands


Kiribati exit from Pacific forum 'out of order' - former president

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.

Kiribati


Marshall Islands prevents itself from participating in Forum

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.

Marshall Islands


Marape wins re-election in first PNG election result

Papua New Guinea's caretaker prime minister James Marape has been re-elected as the MP for Tari-Pori in the country's Hela Province.

Papua New Guinea


Will Australia’s new climate policy be enough to reset relations with Pacific nations?

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.

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Vanuatu confident of support for climate change court action

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.

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PNG election woes continue

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.

Papua New Guinea


'Forum Family' to convene in Suva for the 51st leaders' meeting

Fiji is set to host the 51st Forum Leaders Meeting (PIF51) scheduled to take place in the capital, Suva, from 11 to 14 July.

Pacific Islands


Pacific news in brief

PNG and Indonesia at odds over waste shipments, World Bank payment for Tonga schools, and arrest over Pago Pago bomb threats

Pacific Islands


Fijians hoping for smooth power transfer if govt loses election

New research has found Fijians are concerned whether there'll be a smooth transfer of power should the government lose in this year's general elections.

Fiji


NZ aid on the way to Niue

Aotearoa New Zealand is sending a medical team and supplies to Niue to help it respond to new cases of Covid-19, following the opening of its border to quarantine-free travel last week.

Niue


Mixed views on French overseas portfolio rejig

France's abolition of the status of an overseas minister has received mixed reactions in both France and its overseas territories.

Pacific Islands


New Caledonia's Backes joins French government

The president of New Caledonia's Southern Province Sonia Backes has been given a post in France's reshuffled and enlarged 42-member government.

New Caledonia


Papua New Guinea voters head to the polls

Voting in the Papua New Guinea general election begins today.

Papua New Guinea


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