Islands Business October 2023 edition

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COP28: Boiling Point

It’s taken 70 years but some of the life is slowly coming back around Bikini atoll, ravaged by the United States’ nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands immediately after World War Two.  For a team from the

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Opinion: Regenerate forests and save humanity

“The era of global boiling has arrived,” UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, recently warned. It looks as if the climate change tipping point has been activated and all hands are required on deck to mitigate the

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Chinese grifters tie up UN, Marshalls in scam

The stakes could scarcely have been higher for Hilda Heine, the former president of the Marshall Islands. For years, her remote archipelago nation of just 40,000 people was best known to the world — if known at all

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Fiji rugby want more. Will they get it?

Fiji rugby finds itself at a pivotal juncture in its storied 110-year history.  In recent years, the nation's beloved sport has been making a steady drive towards international success, each successive phase taking

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Whispers

Confused, changing tunes So, in boycotting US President Joe Biden's annual summit with Pacific leaders in Washington DC late September, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare wasn't the only one hitting the headlines after

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De-banking having a ‘severe impact’ on Pacific Islanders

The region’s economic ministers say the expiry of correspondent banking relationships (CBR) is having a severe impact on the lives of Pacific Islanders, including seasonal workers, micro, small, and medium

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Voice. Treaty. Truth

Across Australia this month, voters will decide whether to change the Constitution and create a Voice to Parliament – a body to advise the Australian government on laws and policies that affect Aboriginal and Torres

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Addressing the Pacific housing crisis

The authors of recent housing ecosystem assessments conducted in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga say that improving access to habitable, affordable and secure housing requires more widespread training in construction skills

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The urgent need to cut emissions in construction

The building sector, responsible for an astonishing 37% of global greenhouse gas emissions, has been grappling with a severe lack of climate-focused development funding, according to a report published by the United

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Building a social entreprise

A London-based design and construction social enterprise responsible for innovative community-based buildings in Fiji and Vanuatu, is looking to expand its regional footprint. In Fiji, Caukin Studio has partnered with

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Opinion: Kikibakiki – Reflections on PNG at 48

We sat down in the forever blackout Port Moresby city, I hear the neighbours playing the famous Saugas song, Sindaun Bagarap, echoing the windy night, and buai buyers complaining about the hike in the prices,

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