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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.

U.S Secretary of State arrives today in Solomon Islands

Wed 13 Aug 2014 -

HONIARA, Solomon Islands --- United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrives today on his first visit to Solomon Islands.

On International Day, Ban says indigenous peoples can be 'powerful agents of progress'

Mon 11 Aug 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ---- Marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said indigenous peoples have a central interest in development and can act as “powerful agents of progress.”

Betrayal? Get real, PNG’s Meg Taylor is the best choice for the Forum

Tarcisius Kabutaulaka
Wed 06 Aug 2014 -

HONOLULU, Hawaii ----An article, which appeared on the front page of the Fiji Sun, accusing Papua New Guinea of “betrayal” , is an interesting and insightful reaction to the election of Dame Meg Taylor as the Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS).

Japan's soldiers practice amphibious landing in Hawaii

Thu 31 Jul 2014 -

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii — Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month. The amphibious landing exercises, which are relatively new to Japan's military, come as Tokyo tries to boost its ability to defend small islands it controls but China claims as its ...

PACOM chief: China spying on RIMPAC brings 'good news'

Thu 31 Jul 2014 -

WASHINGTON, USA ---- A decision by China to spy on a U.S.-led military exercise could be a positive sign, according to the leader of American forces in the Pacific.

Human trafficking has no place in modern world, UN General Assembly President says

Wed 16 Jul 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ---- Human trafficking has no place in the modern world, the President of the General Assembly declared today at a special event at United Nations Headquarters ahead of the observance of the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

Former husband of Tongan Princess shot dead in Hawaii

Wed 16 Jul 2014 -

HONOLULU, Hawaii ---- A former New Zealand police sergeant, Joshua Tu'iono Liava'a died in Kahaluu, Hawaii Monday after shooting incident in a house at the Waihee Road, his first cousin Taufu’i Moala has confirmed to Kaniva News.

Ban appoints former Irish President Mary Robinson as special envoy for climate change

Tue 15 Jul 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA --- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Irish President Mary Robinson as his Special Envoy for Climate Change to mobilize political will and action ahead of the climate summit that the United Nations chief will convene in September.