Pacific islanders seek health justice

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

OREGON, USA ---- Thousands of people who live in Oregon legally, who pay federal, state and taxes and who struggle with high rates of radiation-related diseases such as cancer and endocrine disorders due to US government nuclear tests – do not receive either Medicaid or SSI.

UN experts say post-2015 negotiations must emphasize human rights, accountability

Fri 30 Jan 2015 -

NEW YORK, USA ----- As United Nations Member States start discussions to finalize the post-2015 development agenda, 10 top UN human rights experts have today stressed the need to anchor the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in international human rights standards and to ensure that strong means for ensuring accountability are ...

FAO Director-General calls for global action to address food insecurity in conflict areas

Tue 27 Jan 2015 -

Food insecurity and political instability are interrelated – Graziano da Silva

Future Wave and Wind Effects on Pacific Islands

Tue 27 Jan 2015 -

SANTA CRUZ, USA ----- According to a new report released by the U.S. Geological Survey, climate changes during the 21st century are expected to alter the highest waves and strongest winds across U.S. and U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands. The detailed calculations provided in the report will be useful for managers developing ...

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).

Ending violence against women calls for legally binding global standard – UN expert

Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA --- More than half-way through an international campaign to end violence against women, a top United Nations expert on the issue is calling for a binding international legal standard that holds Member States accountable in fighting this widespread human rights violation.

World Bank Board approves second US$5 Million operation for Tonga

Fri 31 Oct 2014 -

WASHINGTON, USA --- The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$5 million for the Second Economic Support Development Policy Operation, which will support the Kingdom of Tonga’s continued economic growth through further strengthening government finances, boosting economic resilience, and improving business conditions.

FBI: Boy missing from Seattle found in Niue

Fri 31 Oct 2014 -

SEATTLE,US ----- An FBI spokeswoman says a 9-year-old Pennsylvania boy who vanished while visiting his father in Seattle has been found safe on an island in the South Pacific.

Caribbean Island leaders in UN Assembly warn of ‘real, ruinous’ impacts of climate change

Wed 01 Oct 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA --- Spotlighting the “gathering and intensifying threat of global climate change” leaders from Caribbean Islands today warned the United Nations General Assembly that indifference, narrow interests and electoral cowardice threaten to squander “our only real chance to save the planet.”

Islanders against seabed mining

Wed 01 Oct 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA --- Pacific Indigenous peoples have voiced their united stand against any proposed seabed mining.

Fiji's foreign minister met PNG, Seychells counterparts in New York

Wed 01 Oct 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ---- Fijian Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola met at the United Nations Headquarter with his Papua New Guinean counterpart, Rimbink Pato.

Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago nationals shortlisted for ACP top post

Wed 01 Oct 2014 -

GEORGETOWN, USA --- Three candidates from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have been short listed for the post of secretary general of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping.

Pacific islands facing ‘existential threats’ need special attention, Vanuatu’s leader tells UN

Tue 30 Sep 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ---- Taking to the General Assembly podium today, Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Joe Natuman said as a Pacific Small Island Developing State (SIDS), his country was confronted with unique development challenges, which needed to be addressed by the UN and international community.

At UN summit, plans announced to boost low-carbon, renewable energy in Africa, small islands

Wed 24 Sep 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA --- A new initiative announced today at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York is expected to reduce dependency on fossil fuels in eastern and southern Africa at a time when regional demand for electricity is estimated to at least double over the next quarter century.

Financial sector to help mobilize $200 billion to fight climate change in developing countries

Wed 24 Sep 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA --- Governments, investors and financial institutions today pledged to mobilize US$200 billion by the end of next year for low-carbon programmes in developing countries, giving a significant boost to the United Nations goal of reaching US$100 billion annually by 2020.

In Pacific island nations, there's nowhere left to run from climate change

Wed 24 Sep 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA --- From around the country and across the globe, an estimated 400,000 marchers came to New York City for the People's Climate March on Sunday.

Climate Summit: ‘All hands on deck’ declares Ban, calling for leadership, concrete action

Wed 24 Sep 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ---- We are not here to talk, we are here to make history, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told world leaders at an “unprecedented and important gathering” that aims to raise ambition, mobilize resources, and generate action towards a universal climate deal.

UN Security Council again demands immediate release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers detained in Golan

Thu 04 Sep 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ----The United Nations Security Council called again today for the immediate and unconditional release of 45 United Nations peacekeepers seized late last week by an armed group in the Golan, while the Organization’s top peacekeeping official said the UN is continuing to look at ways to enhance ...

September 2014

US seeks dismissal as nuke lawsuit gains support

Giff Johnson

WHEN THE MARSHALL ISLANDS FILED LEGAL action in late April against nine nuclear nations at the International Court of Justice and against the United States in federal district court, it simultaneously stunned the world while sparking an outpouring of media reportage and comment. The filings also surprised almost everyone in ...

From Tuvalu to Kiribati, the outlook for Pacific island states is perilous

Haoliang Xu
Fri 29 Aug 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ---- Small island developing states in Asia-Pacific are at a development crossroads. Some have achieved middle-income status. The classification is based on several indicators, one being economic. Some are also ranked as medium human development, a measure of achievement in key areas such as health, income and ...

Feds give 20 species of colorful coral in Atlantic and Pacific protection as threatened

Fri 29 Aug 2014 -

WASHINGTON, USA ---- The U.S federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change.

Why Island Wisdom Is Crucial to Help Adapt and Prepare for the Impacts of Climate Change the World

Han Seung-soo
Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ----For decades, small island countries have been warning the world about the consequences of climate change. While many countries have been debating whether climate change is even happening or who is to blame, small islands have just had to deal with its impact, from extreme weather to ...

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

NEW YORK, US ----Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.

UN Conference in Samoa set to bypass Climate Change refugees

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

NEW YORK, US -----An international conference on small island developing states (SIDS), scheduled to take place in Samoa next week, will bypass a politically sensitive issue: a proposal to create a new category of “environmental refugees” fleeing tiny island nations threatened by rising seas.

Moral voice of island states must be heard: Nauru Ambassador

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

NEW YORK, US -----Global attitudes towards small island nations must be overhauled if the UN’s climate summit is to come to a credible conclusion, according to Nauru’s UN Ambassador Marlene Moses.