Waning gibbous Earth taken by the GOES-16 satellite on Sept. 11, 2020. Smoke from fires in the Amazon and Pantanal of Brazil dominates South America. A vast vector of smoke expands across North America and the Pacific from West Coast wildfires.

Climate Change: Now is Not the Time to Mince Words

There is no greater long-term challenge confronting the United States and the world than climate change.
Miss Solomon Islands with the rest of the group on the occasion to mark World Scouts Day.

"Everyone Has a Responsibility to Promote Our National Identity:" Miss Solomon Islands

The national anthem, citizenship, work, values and national symbols are the five sets of elements to national identity, says Miss Solomon Islands, Gladys Habu.
The pandemic has reminded us that a reliable and uninterrupted energy supply is critical to managing this crisis.

Sustainable Energy Key to COVID-19 Recovery in Asia and the Pacific

The past year is one that few of us will forget. While the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have played out unevenly across Asia and the Pacific, the region has been spared many of the worst effects seen in other parts of the world.
"Various independent commentators have pointed out that the scale of the damage to USP is enormous and unprecedented, and raises serious questions about the broader, longer-term impacts on regional unity, academic freedom, respect for human rights and the rule of law."

The Future of the University of the South Pacific

The whistleblowing Vice Chancellor at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Pal Ahluwalia, has described the illegal deportation of he and his wife, Sandra Price, last Wednesday as a ‘surreal’ experience.
The 2019 Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Tuvalu.

Regionalism in Retreat

Prophesies of the end of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) as we know it are close to being fulfilled after a virtual and very tense leaders’ meeting last week.
The descent into sub-regionalism within PIF has the potential to not just undermine regional unity, but have the knock-on effect of hindering the tackling of important issues that the region faces collectively.

A Tiff at PIF? Pacific Islands Forum Leadership Change Triggers Frustration

Within the PIF, leadership has typically rotated between Polynesian, Melanesian, and Micronesian states. Until now, it seems.
Dr. Rex Maukera introduces a fresh style of training for agriculturalists addresses topics from creativity to financial literacy.

Changing Mindsets, Boosting Farmer Spirits in the Solomon Islands

The 200 or so taro and cassava farmers in the Solomon Islands had likely not encountered this sort of workshop before. Neither, for that matter, have most people.
Overall, no one can deny the fact that COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted resources and health services in all the countries and it will be futile to say that it is not the case with Solomon Islands.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services Response to TSI & SIDP

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) would like to respond to the various claims and concerns raised by Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) last week and Solomon Island Democratic Party’s (SIDP) President yesterday to the media regarding the National Referral Hospital.
"Your recovery is our recovery. Our shared future relies on a stable, prosperous and secure region, with health systems that have the strength to withstand this global pandemic, as well as the next. Restoring more regular and open transport links we can do so safely and effectively is vital."

Vaccines For All - Australia to Provide $SBD 85 Million to Solomon Islands to Procure and Distribute Vaccines

It is a new year, and living here in Solomon Islands, we have much to be thankful for. We all learnt important lessons from the COVID-19 crisis in 2020. But the challenges are far from over. This pandemic is affecting us all, but we can rise out of this by working together.
The efforts of these extremists failed to subvert constitutional order in the United States, the congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, and the coming transfer of power from Republicans to Democrats in both the White House and the Senate on January 20.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Power of Democracy

Last week, we were shocked by the events at the U.S. Capitol as protests turned into a violent and destructive riot intent on disrupting the solemn process of certifying the Electoral College vote.