Regional Archive December 2009

Pacific Urged to do More to Fight HIV AIDs

The region has been urged to do more to control the spread of HIV AIDS.

Greenpeace Climate Heroes Imprisoned over Christmas and New Year

Amsterdam, 23 December 2009 - Four Greenpeace climate activists will spend Christmas and New Year in Copenhagen prison after the High Court there this afternoon rejected appeals to release them from Danish police custody.

1.5 Degrees Rejected, Pacific Condemned as 25 Leaders Deliver Copehagen Accord

Saturday 19 December 2009, COPENHAGEN--Officials from a growing list of countries at the UN Climate Change Talks are aligning themselves to a deal offered after a 24 hour marathon session that started on Friday and stretched out into Saturday.

Fiji will Assist Neighbours in Climate Situation

Fiji says that it will consider taking in climate refugees from neighbouring countries in the future.

Traditional Knowledge Action Plan Launched

Press Statement - The Traditional Knowledge Action Plan for Forum Island Countries (FICs) has been launched marking a milestone development for the region.

Call for Marine Component into Climate Change Text

Copenhagen, 16 December - Negotiators in Copenhagen have been called on to give attention and act on threats climate change poses to the marine environment, particularly coral reefs, fisheries and ultimately food security.

Pacific Countries will Negotiate to the Last Minute

Copenhagen, 16 December - As the clock winds down on a climate change agreement being reached at Copenhagen, Pacific Island leaders say they will continue to negotiate until the last minute.

Grant to Boost Pacific Economic Growth

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Australia today announced a US$12 million grant package which aims to improve the business environment and stimulate private sector investment in the Pacific region.

Cyclone Passes through Fiji

Cyclone Mick, which caused destruction in Fiji in the past 24 hours, is now headed out of Fiji waters.

Asia Pacific Must Act Now to Tackle the Scourge of Climate Change - ADB

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - The countries of Asia and the Pacific have a strong stake in a successful outcome to the current climate change talks in Copenhagen, senior officials of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Sunday.

AOSIS Seek to Secure the Future Survival of its 43 members

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) on Thursday announced a proposal designed to safeguard the Earth's climate system and to secure the future survival of its 43 members.

David and Goliath Showdown at Copenhagen Talks - Tuvalu & PNG Refuse to Bow Down

Report on Copenhagen Talks on climate change negotiations as reported by Makereta Komai for PACNEWS and released by the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

Fate of Tuna and Pacific fisheries to be decided in Tahiti

December 07, 2009 Media Release

ADB Calls for Ambitious Climate Pact as World Leaders Gather in Copenhagen

News Release - 7 December 2009

Regional Progress Welcomed on Int. Day of Persons with Disabilities

PRESS STATEMENT - Friday, 4th December 2009INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES:UN and Pacific regional organisations welcome progress in addressing rights of persons with disabilities

ADB to Tap $700 Million from Two New Funds to Combat Climate Change

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is planning to channel around $700 million from two new investment funds to its developing member countries as part of a broad global initiative to help developing countries meet the cost of actions needed to combat climate change.

PNG to Improve Border Links with Indonesia to Aid Poor Provinces

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Papua New Guinea (PNG) is to improve its border facilities with neighboring Indonesian province, Papua, in a bid to tap trade and investment opportunities that can benefit some of its poorest provinces.

ADB Joins Multilateral Development Banks in Call for Equitable Climate Pact

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda joined heads of other multilateral development banks in calling for a comprehensive agreement to come out of climate change negotiations that begin in Copenhagen next week.