MSG urged to accept West Papua

West Papua must be given full membership at the Melanesian Spearhead Group, says the Pacific Freedom Forum. “The people of West Papua have long been denied basic human rights by their own government,” says PFF Chair Titi Gabi. “They are therefore justified in seeking support and assistance for those rights from outside their own borders.”…

Vanuatu welcomes first cruise since Cyclone Pam

TV3 – Nearly four weeks ago an unwanted visitor – Cyclone Pam – arrived in Vanuatu, killing 11 people and devastating livelihoods. Since then, the local people have worked tirelessly to rebuild their lives and their country. Yesterday their efforts got a huge boost with the arrival of the Pacific Dawn, the first cruise ship…

Vanuatu seeks Russian assistance with rebuild

RNZI – The Vanuatu government says it is pleased with Russia’s offer of assistance with the relief effort after cyclone Pam and says it has asked Russia to assist in the reconstruction phase of the recovery, RNZI reports. The Vanuatu foreign minister Sato Kilman who recently returned to Port Vila from Moscow says he hopes…

NFA gets positive reaction for tuna forum

POST COURIER – Papua New Guinea’s National Fisheries Authority (NFA) has been receiving a lot of good response from corporate agencies and partners in the industry to sponsor the upcoming Pacific Tuna Forum to be held in Fiji. The fifth Regional Tuna Industry and Trade Conference, which will be held on September 22 and 23…

Japan pledges US$600k for cyclone victims

Tokyo, Japan – The Government of Japan has pledged US$600,000 to UNICEF to assist children and families affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. The Pacific Island Countries affected by Cyclone Pam need immediate assistance for children and their families. UNICEF is delivering support from Japan in the areas of…

IFRC launches multi-country international appeal

Suva / Geneva: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) yesterday launched an international appeal for 5.7 million Swiss francs to assist 81,000 people across five Pacific Nations – Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea – all of which have been badly affected by Cyclone Pam and…

Pacific a focus area for global risk governance study

A new global disaster risk governance study has identified the Pacific as a priority area. Launched at the recent World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the report includes a focus on two Pacific countries: Vanuatu, which is responding to devastating Tropical Cyclone Pam, and Solomon Islands that experienced…