Regional Archive April 2008

Asia-Pacific Region Will Miss MDGs If 'Gaps' Are Not Filled Immediately

BANGKOK, THAILAND - Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region may not meet all of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) due to gaps in several key areas according to a joint report by the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Low Turnout at Tonga Elections

The Tongan General Elections held last week saw a low voter turnout out of the 68,000 registered voters.

Air Marshall Islands Airborne Again

After six months without domestic air service, the Marshall Islands last week saw the first commercially scheduled flights by Air Marshall Islands.

Tuvalu Ratifies Trade Agreement

Tuvalu has ratified the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA), joining other member countries in the region.

Forum to Monitor Nauru Elections

The Pacific Islands Forum will monitor the upcoming Nauru elections after the island nation made the request.

ADB to Take New Steps in Safeguard Policy Update after Worldwide Consultations

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has decided to take some additional steps in the update of its environmental and social safeguard policies after having concluded this week a series of 13 consultation workshops across the Asia-Pacific region, North America and Europe.

Fiji's New Elections Boss Withdraws

Fiji's newly-appointed Elections Supervisor has withdrawn from the post amid controversy just days after the announcement of his appointment.

Fiji Appoints New Zealander as Elections Supervisor

Fiji has finally appointed a new Elections Supervisor to help take the country towards democracy.

Australia and ADB Pilot a Financing Innovation to Support Good Governance

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (16 April 2008) - The Government of Australia and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are piloting an innovative mechanism to support power sector reforms in Samoa.

U.S. EPA honors Pacific Southwest environmental hero from American Samoa

During the agency's 10th annual Environmental Awards Ceremony in San Francisco, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Wayne Nastri presented plaques to over two dozen organizations and individuals throughout the Pacific Southwest including one from American Samoa in recognition of their efforts to protect and preserve the environment in 2007.

Turkey Forms Relations with the Region

Earlier this month, Turkey hosted leaders from the region in an effort to develop closer relations.

Pacific Islanders could be New Class of Refugees

With Tuvalu showing signs of the effect of climate change, the rest of the Pacific is under the same threat which could lead to Pacific Islanders creating a new class of refugees.

Quiet Meet in Fiji for Three

Two Prime Ministers from the region met quietly in Fiji this week behind closed doors.

Tourist Fined Thousands for Moai Damage

The tourist who was caught damaging one of the great statues of Rapa Nui has been fined thousands of dollars.

Issues Raised Over USP $2m Wages

The University of the South Pacific (USP) paid more than $2m a year in salary for eight staff and this has raised concerns.

ADB Launches New Long-Term Strategy

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched Strategy 2020, a new long-term strategy for its vision of an Asia and Pacific region free of poverty.

Pentecost Star is Handwritten

The Pentecost Star is a four-page weekly newsletter that supplies the people of Pentecost with news and information and is completely handwritten.

South Florida Also Enjoys Kava

Apparently, Pacific Islanders are not the only people who enjoy kava as a recent article states.

PNG to Supply Liquefied Natural Gas

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is expected to start producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2013 or early 2014.

Gold Reports Attracting Attention to Region

Reports of gold in South Pacific waters are attracting prospectors to the region. Meanwhile, a South Korean company has secured mineral exploration rights in Tonga.