Pacific Games Chef De Missions meet in Apia

The Chairman of the Pacific Games Organizing Committee said he is excited to welcome the CDM envoy to Samoa and hopes that the meeting will be a fruitful and successful one.

Polynesian nations to consider membership

The group was brought together in 2011 to seek a future for Polynesian peoples and to maintain and protect the importance of cultures, traditions and languages.

It was set up as the Melanesian Spearhead Group gained more prominence and a Micronesian leaders group was established by the nations that are also members of the Pacific Islands Forum.

The Funafuti meeting will also review a draft charter for the group and discuss the establishment of its secretariat.

American Samoa is to offer to host the meeting in 2019.



Commonwealth women's summit in Apia closes

RNZ reports Women's Affairs Ministers from around the Commonwealth have ended their gathering in Samoa stressing the need to work together on the Sustainable Development Goals set at the UN a year ago.

The SDGs, as they are known, aim to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, said the Secretariat was already looking at an office for civil and criminal justice reform for all Commonwealth countries to draw from.

Fight to eradicate invasive species in Pacific Islands

There have been more than 500 positive eradications around the world, some described at the Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) conference last week In Samoa.

The Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) met on 1–5 August in Samoa to share their best practices for invasive species management on Pacific islands.
It is possible to get rid of the invasive species even after they arrive says Mr Richard Griffiths from agency Island conservation.

Harmonising search and rescue cooperation in vast Pacific Ocean

There is a moral and legal obligation on all nations to respond to any person in distress within their coastal waters.

This places huge responsibilities on small island nations and amplifies the need for international cooperation to coordinate search and rescue operations over the vast Pacific Ocean.

Small Island States gather In Palau for Inaugural Meeting

Palau Minister of State Billy Kuartei said that this is the first meeting of the group outside of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting and the gathering here was the agreement made in Papua New Guinea last year.

"As small islands states they are the most vulnerable so as a group they want to consolidate their top priorities to present to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and the world,” Kuartei stated.

The SIS group is composed of Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau and Tuvalu. These nations are also member of the PIF.

Digicel Chairman Denis O’Brien meets Fiji’s AG

This announcement was made by Attorney-General and Minister of Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum following a meeting with Digicel Board Chairman Denis O’Brien in Suva yesterday.                                  

A government statement said the AG emphasised the need for more expansive and robust telecommunications infrastructure to meet the increased demands from consumers for both greater wireless internet access and faster download speeds.

IMF, Fiji to co-host a High-Level Dialogue to Discuss Resilience to Natural Disasters in the Pacific

The Dialogue “Enhancing Macroeconomic Resilience to Natural Disasters in the Pacific Islands” will build on previous conferences held in Samoa and Vanuatu and recent IMF analytical work on this topic. It will bring together leading policymakers from 13 Pacific Island nations, as well as representatives from regional development partners, international financial organizations and think tanks.