The 2024 Pacific Forecast: A Turn for the Worse?

It’s 2024. Heading towards the halfway mark of this decade, the Pacific’s landscape is vastly different from four years ago, gripped in a steadily escalating set of challenges that may well define what the next

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Forging Australian priorities for the region

US President Joe Biden designated former Ambassador Frankie Reed as the first-ever US Envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum in 2022. Beijing appointed Qian Bo in February 2023 as Special Envoy for Pacific Island Countries

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Opinion: One year down, a mixed bag of results for Fiji’s coalition

When Sitiveni Rabuka narrowly won the parliamentary vote to become Fiji Prime Minister a year ago on Christmas Eve 2022, his position looked extremely precarious. With only a one-seat majority, the new coalition

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Opinion: COP28 marks the end of business as usual for the Blue Pacific

The United Nations climate talks (COP28) concluded in Dubai delivered a mixed bag of outcomes for the Pacific.  An early highlight during these annual talks was the agreement to operationalise a loss and damage

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COP28: Short of the finish line

After almost 30 years of haggling over the planet’s future at COP meetings, climate activists descended on COP28 in Dubai in December, intent on achieving the phasing out of fossil fuels. Instead, the meeting approved

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Scaling up renewable energy in the Pacific

A rural electrification project launched in Fiji last month will take electricity to almost 200 households from renewable energy sources, with project lead, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) highlighting the increasing

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Whispers

Which way after Tuvalu?So, what’s next for Australia’s strategy in the region, after the Falepili agreement with Tuvalu? There are noises there could be another such agreement in the works with Fiji, while the

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Briefs

American SamoaThe American Samoa government has announced that foreigners can now acquire or start a new limited liability company (LLC) in the territory. The announcement opens up opportunities for foreign

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Fighting their way to the top of the rugby world

Concerns about the need to create more opportunities to involve women in the administration of rugby in the Pacific Islands and provide a better support system to develop a safe and professional environment for the

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Sending back the rubbish to keep Kiribati beautiful

'Kiribati Te Boboto' means Kiribati the beautiful. It’s a slogan you see almost everywhere on South Tarawa—Kiribati’s administrative capital—where solid waste management used to be a problem that had no real

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Melodownz wins big at Pacific Music Awards

Avondale-born artist, Melodownz took out three awards at last month’s annual Pacific Music Awards in Manukau, New Zealand: Best Pacific Male Artist, Best Pacific Music Video, and Best Pacific Music Album Award

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Movers and Shakers

Marshall Islands has elected Dr Hilda Heine as its 10th President. Dr Heine previously served as President from 2016-2020. She replaces David Kabua. Rev. Elder Dr Leatulagi Faalevao has been elected moderator of the

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