Pacific Sport: The best of 2014

Peter Rees
Tue 09 Dec 2014 -

It was a remarkable year for athletes of Pacific heritage in the international arena.

WCPFC chair makes early exist

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Fri 05 Dec 2014 -

In a yet to be explained move, the chair of the WCPFC Dr Charles Karnell has left Samoa, leaving delegates of the 11th session of the Commission to try and forge some agreements on measures to manage the Pacific’s tuna fishery.

WCPFC Apia Meeting Shut Down

Samisoni Pareti, in Apia, Samoa.
Fri 05 Dec 2014 -

Pacific journalists who have been covering the 11th session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Apia this week have been told they won't be allowed into cover the final session of the meeting scheduled for 3pm today.

Fiji joins body on Pacific Bluefin tuna fishery

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

Fiji has become the 3rd South Pacific island country to join the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

Tackling the tough stuff

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

Its the second last day of the annual tuna fishing negotiations in Samoa today and its still not clear whether delegates will be able to agree on more control measures to avoid the overfishing of the Pacific's depleting tuna stock .

World Soil Day – Where food begins

Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- More attention to the health and management of the planet's soils is needed to meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population while coping with climate change and increased scarcity of natural resources. Soil is a critical natural resource yet until recently it has been largely ...

Greenpeace accuses Philippines of juvenile tuna fishing

Samisoni Pareti* In Apia, Samoa.
Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

The Philippines – a member of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission – currently meeting in Apia this week has been accused of flouting rules against the fishing of juvenile tuna.

Tuvalu ‘son’ secures top WCPFC job

Samisoni Pareti* in Apia, Samoa.
Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

Sitting beside his lead supporter – Tuvalu’s Minister of Fisheries -- during a press conference this morning, Feleti Teo said he was still coming to terms with the enormity of the decision by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to appoint him as their Executive Director.

Tuvalu’s Feleti Teo jostles for top WCPFC job

Samisoni Pareti* In Apia, Samoa.
Tue 02 Dec 2014 -

Will long time Tuvalu and Pacific civil servant Feleti Teo get the nod to become the new executive director of the Secretariat of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission?

Pacific takes on the world fishers in Samoa

Samisoni Pareti* In Apia, Samoa.
Sun 30 Nov 2014 -

Pacific Island nations are going into the 11th session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Samoa from Monday with a clear message to Asian, European and American countries that fish in the Pacific: agree to reduce your fishing effort or be prepared to face tougher actions.

Polynesian Airlines adds US$4 million Twin Otter named Savai’i to its fleet

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- Polynesian Airlines has delivered its third aircraft named Savai’i with a pleading by Samoan Prime Minister to the company to remember Savai’i residents in its air services.

Media remains independent despite Government funding says Samoan Prime Minister

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

API, Samoa --- Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has made it clear in parliament Friday that the media remains independent despite likely Government funding to assist the Council establish itself in its initial phase of its their work.

Trochus - a new coastal fisheries resource for Samoa

Wed 24 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- Samoa is the latest country to successfully develop a new trochus (Tectus niloticus) fishery. On learning of the successful introduction of the species in Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands and French Polynesia, the Government of Samoa began its effort to introduce the species in ...

Bullets found in Samoan journalist bag during SIDS conference

Thu 18 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- Samoa's acting police Commissioner Fauono Talalelei Tapu has confirmed that gun bullets were found in the bag of a young Samoan female journalist during the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) conference.

ILO applauds the work of Samoan Government in hosting S.I.D.S

Mon 15 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- The Third Small Island Developing States Conference has been praised by the Deputy Director General of the International Labour Organization Gilbert Houngbo as a successful accomplishment by the people of Samoa.

Pacific organic growers - strengthening traditional ways and supporting sustainable development

Fri 05 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa -- Dedicated and passionate Pacific organic farmers are working hard to combat challenges such as the effects of climate change, degradation of ecosystems due to unsustainable use of both land and marine resources, and the need to generate livelihoods to maintain island populations.

Pacific partnerships work to progress safe drinking water and sanitation

Fri 05 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----Small island developing states of the Pacific face a set of difficult and complex challenges in securing safe drinking water and sanitation facilities for their citizens – challenges not easily addressed by single communities, organisations or sectors working in isolation. To make progress in the area of safe ...

SPC announced new sustainable energy partnerships

Fri 05 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----Sustainable energy was one of the themes for the Multi-stakeholder Partnership Dialogue that took place at the United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia yesterday. SIDS are faced with a double challenge: not only do they rely heavily on fossil fuel that is expensive ...

SAMOA: Pacific women, youth to benefit from partnerships – UN

Fri 05 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa -----Women and youth must be seen as partners in development and involved, not just included, in decision-making, according to discussions at the United Nations conference on small island developing states which wraps up Thursday in Samoa.

SAMOA: Small islands conference leaves ‘legacy with impact’ – UN

Fri 05 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa -----With US$1.9 billion pledged in sustainable development partnerships, the United Nations on Thursday wrapped up its small island developing States conference and kicked off a drum roll of action on climate change.

Women invest 90% back into communities – International Trade Centre

Fri 05 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----Women put back 90 per cent of their earnings into the community compared to 40 per cent with men.

Jobless young people desert sinking Pacific islands

Fri 05 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----To some, it will smack of deserting a sinking ship. Young people are leaving their island homes in the Pacific and Caribbean in search of jobs and higher education. Without youthful citizens, small islands will struggle to cope with the effects of rising sea levels.

Marshall Islands calls on Australia to rethink climate change stance

Fri 05 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- Marshall Islands has joined other Pacific nations in calling on Australia to reconsider its position on climate change.

SIDS leadership commended as 3rd UN Conference on SIDS adopts Samoa Pathway

Samisoni Pareti, Group Editor-in-Chief, Islands Business Magazine
Fri 05 Sep 2014 -

Apia, Samoa ---- Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres has paid tribute to the leadership role Small Island Developing State (SIDS) members of the UN are playing in the push to adopt a legally-binding global climate change agreement in Paris next year.

Samoa creates UN history with US$1.9 billion pledges in sustainable development partnerships

Makereta Komai
Fri 05 Sep 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- As the curtain falls on the 3rd Global conference on Small Island Developing States Thursday afternoon, the host government, Samoa and the United Nations celebrated the historical US$1.9 billion in partnership pledges made in the four days of the conference.