Features Archive August 2021

The Australian vaccines being shared with the Pacific and Timor-Leste are the very same vaccines being used in Australia.

Stronger Together to Save Lives, Promote Economic Recovery and Build Resilient Health Systems

Australia and our close friends in the Pacific and Timor-Leste are facing unprecedented challenges. However, our commitment and determination to work together is ensuring we can protect the health and safety of our people.
“Asia and the Pacific has made impressive strides, but COVID-19 has revealed social and economic fault lines that may weaken the region’s sustainable and inclusive development,” said ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada.

COVID-19 Threatens Asia and Pacific’s Progress on SDGs, ADB Data Shows

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is threatening Asia and the Pacific’s progress toward critical targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Honorable Minister for Lands, Housing and Survey (MLHS), Ishmael Avui, congratulates three landholding groups, including the Rarirahuta, Paehusi and Huniharu of East Are’ Are, for receiving their certificates of completion of the Customary Land Recording process under the Customary Land Recording Act.

Reconciling Customary Land and Peacebuilding in Solomon Islands

Three customary landholding groups in Masupa Village in the East ‘Are’are region of Malaita Province received their certificates of land recording completion in a hand-over ceremony Thursday last week.
It is important not to romanticize the exploits of Baker and his gang, who have by all accounts perpetrated heinous crimes. However, it is also worth noting that Baker’s rise to fame and skills at evading his captors are reminiscent of other criminal figures who have become prominent in the folklore of many countries around the world.

Tommy Baker: PNG’s Ned Kelly?

In late July of this year, the PNG’s Post-Courier pulled off the country’s scoop of the decade. The daily paper’s anonymous “staff reporters” interviewed the nation’s most wanted fugitive, notorious gang-leader Tommy Baker. Baker and his gang have been on the run since 2013.
Island nations have contributed least to rising emissions but disproportionately suffer the impacts. These nations have made it clear that scaling up financial support from the Global North must be a priority for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and beyond.

Climate Finance Access Network Announces 8 Pacific Countries Receiving Dedicated Climate Finance Advisors

The Climate Finance Access Network (CFAN), coordinated by RMI and supported by regional and global partners, has announced the first eight countries to receive dedicated advisors for climate finance.
Organic Vanilla farmer, Shelley Burich, works on her farm at Vaoala.

Woman Farmer Shows Way as SIDS Country Battles Pandemic’s Struggles

A woman farmer in Samoa is using innovation and technology to overcome economic hardship as the Pacific island nation seeks ways to adapt to the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are at the forefront and we will continue to face the issues of climate change. For that we will continue to advocate for the reduction in carbon gas emissions”.

Major Climate Change Report Declares "Code Red" for Humanity

‘1.5 degrees to stay alive’ is the voice from the Pacific to the world’s biggest carbon gas emitters as a major UN scientific report declares "code red" for humanity.
“We want to see all of our people back out there, earning their livelihoods and being able to take care of their families, but even more crucially we must ensure their health and safety is protected from COVID19,” said FFCMin18 Chair, Fiji Minister for Fisheries, Hon. Semi Koroilavesau.

Pacific Ministers Prioritise Addressing Covid-19 and Climate Change Impacts on Pacific Tuna Fisheries

Pacific Ministers have identified dealing with the immediate impacts of Covid-19 and the longer term threats of climate change on offshore fisheries as key areas to address, at the 18th Forum Fisheries Committee Ministerial (FFCMin18) meeting, which concluded last week.
Australian High Commissioner Dr Strahan speaking during the launching of the week-long exhibition.

Proud in Culture, Strong in Spirit – Yuendumu Doors Exhibition Launched

Honiara residents will be able to view a weeklong Australian Indigenous art exhibition launched yesterday at the National Art Gallery by the Australian High Commissioner, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, and the Permanent Secretary for Education and Human Resources Development.