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Fiji PM labels Australia PM 'very insulting' after Pacific standoff

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:31 AM

Leaders of the other 17 nations in the Pacific Island Forum have called on Canberra to do more to cut emissions and curb Australia's lucrative coal industry

'VERY INSULTING.' This handout photo taken on August 14, 2019 and released on August 15 by the Australian Prime Minister's Office shows Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison arriving for the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu. Photo by Adam Taylor/Australian Prime Minister's Office/AFP

Ardern backs Pacific on climate, puts heat on Australia

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Australia's role in the Pacific Islands Forum is in doubt after leaders of the low-lying nations question whether its leader is committed to curbing a problem seen as a threat to their survival

ARDERN BACKS THE PACIFIC. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks on as she is welcomed by European Council President at the European Council in Brussels on January 25, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Pacific leaders want summit focus on climate, not China

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:53 AM

The Pacific islands are now a hotbed of aid projects and charm offensives as anxiety over China's presence grows

Pacific nations open summit with eye on climate fight

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:25 PM

Climate change threatens the very existence of some low lying island countries such as Kiribati and Tuvalu

Members of the 16-nation Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) are greeted by traditional dancers in grass skirts at the meeting's opening in the Micronesian capital Palikir on September 8, 2016. Pacific island leaders opened their annual regional summit on September 8 with a colourful ceremony in Micronesia, as some of the world's smallest nations vowed to put up a big fight against climate change.  / AFP PHOTO / Bill JAYNES

Australian minister apologizes for Pacific 'lapping waves' quip

Sep 13, 2015 - 12:40 PM

I made a mistake I apologize to anyone who has taken offense

In this file photo, Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton speaks to the media at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 06 May 2015. Photo by M.A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Pacific leaders agree to disagree on climate change

Sep 11, 2015 - 12:34 PM

It s not the best outcome that we would have liked says Kiribati President Anote Tong at the end of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders retreat

'AGREE TO DISAGREE.' A meeting of South Pacific nations has failed to reach an agreement on tackling climate change. File photo by Mick Tsikas/EPA

Pacific summit to issue climate message to world

Sep 06, 2015 - 10:10 AM

The annual Pacific Island Forum summit hears details of eroding coastlines increasingly destructive storms and crops ruined by encroaching seawater

A file photo taken on March 3, 2014, shows a high tide energized by storm surges washing across Ejit Island in Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. Vulnerable Pacific island nations will this week from September 7, 2015 send the world an urgent plea for action on climate change at crunch talks in Paris later this year. Some Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) countries lie barely a metre (three feet) above sea level and fear they will disappear beneath the waves without drastic. Photo from AFP

Value of Pacific fishing watchdog questioned

Dec 06, 2014 - 3:53 PM

Despite reports indicating bigeye tuna stocks were down to 16 of their historic high conservation measures appear to have been blocked by distant water nations

YELLOW FIN TUNA. Lined up at the General Santos fish port. File photo by Edwin Espejo

Pacific states say tuna talks making slow progress

Dec 03, 2014 - 1:36 PM

Pacific island states express frustration at a lack of progress in talks aimed at protecting the region s valuable tuna resources accusing powerful faraway fishing nations of stalling on conservation measures

Yellowfin tuna lined up at the General Santos fish port. File photo by Edwin Espejo

Pacific leaders: Climate will claim entire nations

Jul 31, 2014 - 7:56 PM

All that is left is decisive action from leaders with the courage to do what needs to be done to save the world

RISING TIDES. The pristine waters which surround Tepuka Islet on Funafuti Atoll, 22 February 2004, are now threatening to engulf it as rising sea levels inundate many of the low islands. Photo by Torsten Blackwood / AFP

Pacific launches flab fight in world's fattest region

Jul 30, 2014 - 12:50 PM

In a region that was once legendary for its muscular warriors and lithe womenfolk Remengesau said he feared a generation of Pacific islanders had already been lost to such non communicable diseases

In this file photo, the President of the Republic of Palau Tommy Remengesau speaks in an event in Washington, DC, USA, 17 June 2014. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Climate concerns aired as Pacific summit opens

Jul 30, 2014 - 1:41 AM

A summit of Pacific leaders opens in Palau with a call for developed nations to take action on climate change and stop overfishing the world s largest ocean

PACIFIC LEADERS MEET. Palau President Tommy Remengesau delivers a speech at the opening night of the 45th Pacific Islands Forum,  a summit of Pacific leaders  in Palau on July 29, 2014. Photo by AFP/Richard W. Brooks

Pacific summit to urge action on climate change

Jul 27, 2014 - 1:37 PM

Pacific island leaders will renew calls for meaningful action on climate change at a regional summit opening in Palau on Tuesday July 29 amid fears rising seas will swamp their low lying nations

RISING TIDES. The pristine waters which surround Tepuka Islet on Funafuti Atoll, 22 February 2004, are now threatening to engulf it as rising sea levels inundate many of the low islands. Photo by Torsten Blackwood / AFP

Fiji sets September 17 for return to democracy

Mar 28, 2014 - 2:40 PM

Fiji President Epeli Nailatikau has signed off September 17 2014 as the day set aside for Fiji s election a ministry of information statement said

Slow progress on Pacific women's rights – forum

Mar 08, 2014 - 1:19 PM

In 2013 a research released by WHO says 68 of women in areas of the Pacific reported suffering physical or sexual abuse from their partner

Showdown on future of tuna in Australia meeting

Dec 01, 2013 - 12:32 PM

Pacific island nations demand tighter controls on a catch now worth US 7 0 billion a year

Pacific climate change pact wins US support

Sep 08, 2013 - 1:37 PM

Separately the US was offering 24 million over five years for projects in vulnerable coastal communities in the Pacific

PACIFIC LEADERS. Forum leaders (L-R) Forum Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., and Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga conduct a press conference at the conclusion of the leaders’ retreat in Majuro on September 5, 2013. AFP/Giff Johnson

Pacific leaders sign plea for action on climate change

Sep 05, 2013 - 5:53 PM

The goal of the Majuro Declaration was to create the political will for the world to adopt legally binding climate change targets by 2015

PACIFIC LEADERS. Forum leaders (L-R) Forum Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., and Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga conduct a press conference at the conclusion of the leaders’ retreat in Majuro on September 5, 2013. AFP/Giff Johnson

Climate science 'alarming', 'irrefutable' - Kerry

Sep 02, 2013 - 8:18 PM

European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard meanwhile said the threat facing low lying island nations showed that international action on the issue was overdue

HIGH TIDE FLOOD. In this file photo, local residents wade through flooding caused by high ocean tides in low-lying parts of Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Marshall Islands, on February 20, 2011. Photo by AFP / Giff Johnson

Pacific sounds warning on climate change - Marshalls FM

Aug 30, 2013 - 12:47 PM

The Marshall Islands is working on reinvigorating the climate change discussion with the signing of the Majuro Declaration

HIGH TIDE FLOOD. In this file photo, local residents wade through flooding caused by high ocean tides in low-lying parts of Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Marshall Islands, on February 20, 2011. Photo by AFP / Giff Johnson

Climate 'catastrophe' looms in Pacific - Marshall Islands

Aug 01, 2013 - 1:54 PM

Marshall Islands wants the so called Majuro Declaration presented to the UN General Assembly to help renew global efforts on emissions reduction

HIGH TIDE FLOOD. In this file photo, local residents wade through flooding caused by high ocean tides in low-lying parts of Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Marshall Islands, on February 20, 2011. Photo by AFP / Giff Johnson

World's largest marine park unveiled at Pacific summit

Aug 29, 2012 - 5:06 PM

The Cook Islands announced the creation of world s largest marine park at the opening of the Pacific Islands Forum a vast swathe of ocean almost twice the size of France