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Launching the Strategy, Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama said the document is a key influencer for the shared prosperity and security of Blue Pacific, mirroring the Paris Agreement processes and aligning with the sustainable development agendas of the Pacific island countries.

The NDC Hub Launches 10-year Strategy for Climate Action in the Pacific

Laying out the game plan for Pacific climate action through its Nationally Determined Contributions for the next decade, the long-term strategy of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub was officially launched by the Chair of the Pacific Small Island Developing States, and Fijian Prime Minister Hon Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama in Suva today.
"We have always been extremely concerned for our Pacific family, for our neighbours, and over the course of this last year, the Pacific community has done such an extraordinary job to substantively keep their islands free of COVID-19," Mr Morrison said.

Australia to Send Coronavirus Vaccines to PNG Amid Outbreak

Australia will ask AstraZeneca and the European Union to fast-track the export of one million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to be able to sent straight to Papua New Guinea as part of a bid to crush the pandemic outbreak in Australia's closest neighbour.
Prior to independence, Somare was the chief minister of the Australian-administered territory of Papua New Guinea. He most recently served as the country's leader briefly in 2011.

Papua New Guinea's Founding Father Sir Michael Somare Dies Aged 84

Papua New Guinea's first prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, has died aged 84, his daughter confirmed earlier today.
USP Vice Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia has been deported by the Fijian government over whistleblowing allegations which angered authorities.

Wale Calls on Government to Take Informed Position on USP Saga

Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale has expressed great concern over the ongoing interference of the Fijian government into the operation and affairs of the University of the South Pacific (USP).
The Pacific Islands Forum is the region’s premier political and economic policy organisation. Founded in 1971, it comprises 18 members within the Pacific region.

Micronesia Bloc Withdraws From PIFS

The leaders of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Nauru say they will follow Palau in withdrawing from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIFS).