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Pacific islands urged to regulate use of oceans as dumping ground


Much of our dialogue about waste disposal is, understandably, focused on the waste that we can see as we go about our day-to-day lives.

PNG PM shrugs off outstanding warrant

New UN appeal hopes to raise $81.85m for Fiji

Launching the appeal today, Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the needs taken to the community of nations reflected the priorities of the Fijian Government.

“We are stronger than Winston. We will recover. And we will rebuild. And we will do so with our many friends in the community of nations with whom we stand so proudly, and especially at this time.

 PM Bainimarama said they looked forward to the generosity of UN member states.

“Even in these dark times, we can all take comfort from one shining truth. That we are a caring nation.

Governments must commit to eliminating homelessness by 2030

Governments have been called on to recognize homelessness as a human rights crisis and commit to its eradication by 2030, in line with the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Presenting her report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha said that homelessness is found throughout the world, in all countries regardless of the level of development of their economic and governance systems.

Fiji Plea for UN assistance

And the Government has pleaded for immediate assistance from the 193 member countries of the UN and its organisations, as it says it cannot handle the situation alone.

In his urgent call for assistance, Fiji's permanent representative to the UN in New York, Peter Thomson, told the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that Fiji faced a national crisis.

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Program to empower youth


A local Bougainvillean NGO, Leitana Nehan Women’s Development Agency, has focused its efforts to empower youths in Bougainville to be aware of the region’s current socio-political climate and to make informed decisions on its future.

Be change agents – Youths

Be change agents – Youths

The Economic and Social Council was established by the United Nations Charter in 1946 and is the main arm for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for implementation of the internationally agreed development goals.

The youth delegates, Ms. Abigail Havora and Ms. Bronwyn Kili, met with other youth representatives from around the world and discussed ways in which young people can play an active role in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

RPNGC and IOM has wide reaching effect

This cooperation is one of many that the constabulary has with the United Nations as the organisation is collaborating with the force in the UN system in regards to UN human rights and with UN women.

She says the United Nations has been in the country for a very long time and now currently has 14 UN agencies funds and programs which are led by the UN Resident Coordinator.

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PNG to pay K10m to host World Cup games


It will cost tax payers K10 million to host the three matches of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Port Moresby.

UN draws attention to death penalty law in Pacific nations

UN draws attention to death penalty law in Pacific nations

Today is World Day Against the Death Penalty, but execution has yet to be abolished in Tonga, Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

The death penalty was revived in PNG in 2013, but was put under review in May without being implemented.

The United Nations Resident Co-ordinator in PNG, Roy Trivedy, says it's not clear when the review will be completed or what might follow.

Island States at UN Assembly call for stronger global partnerships

From Tuvalu in the South Pacific, Foreign Minister Taukelina Finikaso noted that climate is an existential issue for his small island nation, whose highest point is only 15 feet above sea level.

“Sea level rise continues to inundate many of our small island coastlines and inundate our food plantations,” he said. “That is a security issue, an urgent one and an inter-generational one. It is an existential issue for Tuvalu and other Pacific countries and also bigger populated countries in the flood plains, and wilt displace many people.