UN told to act on Climate Change

Islands States from the Pacific and Caribbean took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, to call for urgent action on climate change, with one leader warning that their people and culture face “potential genocide” from rising seas. “I speak as an islander who has walked the shores of many atoll islands,…

AWPA condemns Papua shooting

The Australia West Papua Association (AWPA) condemns the shooting of two high school students in Timika on Monday the 28 September by the Indonesian security forces. The incident occurred around 19.30hrs. Caleb Bagau, aged 18, died while his friend Efrando Sabarofek, aged 17, was wounded in the chest and legs. He is receiving treatment at…

NZ television crew features West Papua

Māori Television’s Native Affairs story on West Papua was the first New Zealand television crew allowed into the Indonesian-ruled Melanesian region in 50 years. Given Indonesia’s strict policy on allowing access to foreign journalists, reporter Adrian Stevanon said their trip was a sign of change. “I think the achievement is that we are able to…

EU lifts yellow card on PNG

The European Commission has  confirmed its zero tolerance policy against illegal fishing worldwide by warning the Comoros and Taiwan that they risk being identified as uncooperative countriesin the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. At the same time, the Commission is lifting the yellow cards from Ghana and Papua New Guinea, which have…

Australian commitment to UN joint programme for Pacific mother, child and adolescent health

SUVA,  (UNICEF/UNFPA/WHO/DFAT) – Three Pacific Island countries using integrated approaches to health delivery for women, new-borns, children and adolescents will benefit from a nearly AU$7 million UN Joint Programme announced in New York as part of a meeting of Pacific Foreign Ministers. These countries are Kiribati, Solomon islands and Vanuatu. The Australian Government’s investment in…

PNA calls to have observers on transhipments

NADI, (PACNEWS) —- The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) has called on the Tuna Commission to include fisheries observers in all transhipments taking place in the high seas. The issue was highlighted this week at the Pacific Tuna Forum underway in Nadi, Fiji. Largely unmonitored, transshipping involves fishing vessels – longliners – transferring their…

Tuna stakeholders looking for balance

NADI, (RNZI) — The Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) is calling for a balance to be struck between industry partners and fisheries managers and regulators in the region. Stakeholders from all over the world are in Fiji this week to talk about the challenges facing the Pacific Tuna Industry. The Chief Executive of the…