Retail food outlets in Pacific island countries are increasingly selling imported processed foods that are pricing locally produced, healthier foods out of the market and affecting the health of islanders, warns the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
It’s been slow in coming this season but the next three months could bring as many as 11 cyclones to the Pacific islands region.
Forget weight gain—long-term spatial memory loss has now been linked to starch and sugar-laden diets as a warning to Pacific islanders over their lifestyle of high fat traditional foods.
It has been known for some time now that people of Pacific Islands origin living in New Zealand find themselves overrepresented in health-related statistics—particularly around lifestyle ailments.
The Pacific should consider itself lucky. It is not amongst the 19 countries that will suffer aid cuts under the European Union’s new international aid initiatives.
From being among the healthiest humans anywhere in the world when the western world discovered the islands not so long ago, people of Pacific islands origin find themselves at the very bottom of the heap when it comes to health related statistics in today’s times.
Since the Commission of Inquiry into the Special Agriculture and Business Lease (SABL) reports were tabled in Papua New Guinea parliament last month, members of parliament have taken a sloppy approach.
A unique panel of business, government, conservation and academic leaders has agreed a global strategy for aligning ocean health and human well-being.
With a new government in Canberra has come an inexperienced foreign affairs minister with minimal exposure to international diplomacy.
– Vanuatu <as called on the United Nations to appoint a Special Representative to investigate alleged human rights abuses in the Papuan provinces of Indonesia and their political status, with its Prime minister declaring that the West Papuans have been consistently denied any sort of recognition by the world body.
People in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of Palau will get better telephone and internet connectivity, with support from a new project announced today by the World Bank.
Thu 05 Sep 2013 -
Pacific islands nations including those who are members of the Parties of the Nauru Agreement (PNA) have accused an European Member of Parliament of deliberately misrepresenting and misinterpreting data that relates to the status of the Pacific’s lucrative tuna resources.
Thu 05 Sep 2013 -
Any changes in the government of Australia this weekend is unlikely to affect PACER Plus negotiations, says a regional expert on trade negotiation. Dr Edwini Kessie, Chief Trade Adviser (CTA) for Pacific Islands Forum member countries, believes there is strong support for trade in both sides of the political spectrum ...
Wed 28 Aug 2013 -
At the height of the nuclear arms race between the United States and Soviet Union, a treaty to create a South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone, or SPNFZ, was opened for signature on Hiroshima Day, 6 August 1985, at the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Rarotonga.
Fri 23 Aug 2013 -
Many Pacific Islands nations are celebrating the success of rising school enrolment rates, with 14 members of the 16-member Pacific Island Forum on target to meet Millennium Development Goal 2: achieving universal primary education by 2015.
Fri 09 Aug 2013 -
IS this Papua New Guinea Solution going to have any effect on the illegal arrival of boatpeople in Australia or not?
The President of Kiribati, Anote Tong is amongst Pacific Leaders at the inaugural Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) meeting in Nadi this week. PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula sat down with President Tong to hear his views on some emerging issues affecting Kiribati and the region.
Fri 02 Aug 2013 -
The World Trade Organisation expert hired to advise Pacific Islands Countries’ negotiate a new free trade agreement with their bigger and wealthier neighbours of Australia and New Zealand is hoping Papua New Guinea (PNG) will not make good on its threat to withdraw from the negotiations.
A recent report on global child malnutrition* trains the spotlight on the parlous state of affairs as regards the health of children and young mothers in most parts of the developing world. While child malnutrition has been a subject of many studies over several decades, the focus has generally been ...
The Director General of Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Dr Jimmie Rodgers has signalled the importance of a holistic support from all participants for the development of the joint integrated regional framework on climate change and disaster risk reduction.
Conservation International (CI) has just put out their latest film titled Field Spotlight: Nan Hauser, which focuses on the Pacific.
Tensions are mounting in the Pacific over increased competition for fewer tuna fish. Increased competition for tuna is causing tension between local fishers and industrial vessels in some Pacific Islands, and the Heads of Pacific Island Fisheries Departments have tasked the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to examine the ...
Thu 04 Jul 2013 -
In the middle of July Pacific Islands Trade Ministers will meet in Samoa with their Australian and New Zealand counterparts to discuss the regional free trade agreement known as PACER-Plus.
Year after year, earthquakes and tropical cyclones have battered a number of small islands countries in the Pacific region, some to such a degree that thousands of lives are lost and millions of dollars in damages are incurred. They have become regular visitors to the region, their tendency to disrupt ...
Community advocacy organisations ACT NOW! and the Bismarck Ramu Group (BRG) are urging the PNG government to follow the example of Vanuatu and impose a moratorium on any experimental seabed mining.
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