Regional Archive September 2009

Effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Tsunami Death Toll Rises

The number of confirmed deaths resulting from the tsunami that swept parts of American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga has increased as reports continue to come in of casualties.

Tsunami Claims Lives in Samoa, Warning Called Off for Most Countries in Region

A tsunami has claimed lives in Samoa and American Samoa following an earthquake yesterday that caused tsunamis off the Samoan coast and a tsunami warning to be issued for the region this morning.
Joemy, New Caledonia's mascot for the 2011 Pacific Mini Games.

Last 3 Days of Mini Games

The 2009 Pacific Mini Games has 3 more days to go as athletes from around the region compete in the Cook Islands.

ADB Urges Developing Asia to Use Crisis to Spur Economy and Protect Poor

HA NOI, VIET NAM - As Asia begins to recover from the global economic crisis, governments in the region should look to expand social safety nets that can both protect the poor and help spur economic growth, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda said today at the start of a three-day conference.
Fiji's Jone Wainiqolo sets his starting block before running the Men's 400m hurdles for which he took the gold medal at 55.12 seconds.

Update: Pacific Mini Games 2009

Fiji is currently leading the medal tally as the 2009 Pacific Mini Games go into the last few days of competition in the Cook Islands.

New Zealand to Support Pacific in PACER Plus Negotiations

Press Statement - New Zealand will contribute $NZ1.95 million toward the establishment of the Office of Chief Trade Advisor (OCTA) to support Forum Island Countries' preparations for and participation in PACER Plus.
Tupuhoe Tahi and Pierre Bourret (both of Polynesie Francaise), silver and bronze medal winners in the men's 3000m steeplechase. The gold medal went to Chris Votu (Solomon Islands).

Pacific Mini Games Underway in Cook Islands

The 8th Pacific Mini Games is underway in the Cook Islands following the opening ceremony on Monday.

ADB Revises Growth Prospects for Pacific

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Economic growth in the Pacific will slow sharply in 2009, with five economies in the region expected to contract as the global economic slump continues to erode incomes from tourism and remittances, says a major new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

New Fiji University Set to Open Next Year

A new Fiji university, a merger of six existing State-run tertiary institutions, is set to begin classes next year.
The life buoy from the tragedy-stricken MV Princess Ashika was found floating in Fijian waters.

Buoy from Shipping Tragedy Found in Fiji Waters

A life buoy from the Princess Ashika, the ferry that sank in Tongan waters last month claiming 74 lives, was found floating in Fijian waters last week.

ADB and Vanuatu Agree to Five-Year Strategic Development Partnership

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu have agreed to a new strategic partnership aimed at reducing poverty and promoting private-sector led sustainable growth.
ADB has been the lead donor in the transport sector since re-engagement after the civil conflict.

ADB and Solomon Islands Seal New Development Partnership

The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) updated program in Solomon Islands for the next three years will support prioritized investments in infrastructure and private sector development initiatives.

World Bank: 'Climate-Smart' World Is Still In Reach

The latest World Development Report finds that although many countries in the East Asia and Pacific region are vulnerable to climate change, developing countries can shift to lower-carbon paths while promoting development and reducing poverty if they receive financial and technical assistance from high-income countries

Dysentery Deaths Increase in PNG

The number of deaths resulting from dysentery in Morobe, Eastern Highlands and Gulf provinces of Papua New Guinea has increased, surpassing the number of deaths resulting from cholera, the other deadly disease making its way through the Highlands.

Doing Business 2010: Pacific Islands Pick up Pace of Easing Business Regulations

Washington, D.C., September 9, 2009-In a record year for regulatory reform worldwide, most economies in East Asia and the Pacific strengthened business regulations, making them more efficient to help increase opportunities for local firms.

Niue Develops its Climate Change Policy through PACC Support

While it is anticipated that most nations will ultimately suffer the adverse consequences from climate change, Niue remains one of the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. As such, the island faces the most dire and immediate consequences.

Small Island States Welcome Growing Support for 1.5 Degrees Climate Target

Press Release: 11 September 2009, New York - The 42-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) - a key negotiating bloc in international climate negotiations - has welcomed growing support for its call to limit global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius (°C).

Greenpeace Calls on Governments to Support a Ban on Bluefin Tuna Trade

11 September 2009 - Greenpeace activists on board the Rainbow Warrior today demanded immediate action to protect the endangered Mediterranean bluefin tuna from commercial extinction by deploying buoys marked 'Crime Scene' around cages holding bluefin tuna being fattened up for harvesting and then sold for export.

First Scholarships Awarded under China-PIF Scholarship Scheme

Press Statement - The first scholarships under the China-Pacific Islands Forum Scholarship Scheme have been awarded to nine students from four countries in the region.

ADB Hosts Meeting of Joint ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Strengthening the independence and accountability of anti-corruption agencies is key to poverty reduction and sustainable development in the Asia and Pacific region, participants at an anti-corruption seminar in Manila heard on Wednesday.

Public Health Emergency Declared in PNG Province

A public health emergency has been declared in Papua New Guinea's Morobe province following outbreaks of cholera and dysentery.
Vehicles lined up, getting ready to be directed for the switch.

Samoa Now Driving on Left Side

As of Monday, Samoa's road-users are now driving on the left side of the road following the road-switch.

Fiji: Systematic Human Rights Violations after Military Crackdown

7 September 2009 - The deteriorating human rights situation in Fiji after the military crackdown which began in April 2009 demands international action, particularly from China, now one of Fiji's biggest foreign donors, Amnesty International said in a report released today.

Digicel Launches in Nauru

Digicel launched last week in Nauru, giving the island nation access to GSM mobile telecommunications for the first time.

Taiwanese Ships Caught Illegally Transferring Tuna in Pacific Waters

September 03, 2009. Western Pacific Ocean, , Australia - Two Taiwanese longline tuna fishing vessels were yesterday caught by Greenpeace in the act of illegally transferring fish in Pacific waters.

Pacific Freedom Forum Condemns Threats against Fiji Newspaper Editor

The Pacific Freedom Forum, along with Pacific media freedom awardees, has condemned threats made against an editor of one of Fiji's main newspapers in a press statement, describing them as 'serious violations of globally accepted standards of human rights'.

Fiji Fully Suspended from Commonwealth

Fiji is now suspended from full membership of the Commonwealth after failing to meet the terms set out by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) in July.