Tonga's parliamentary Speaker, Lord Fakafanua, is the first Pacific Islander to be elected into the board of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Forum of Young Parliamentarians. Fakafanua said his election guarantees that pressing issues such as climate change can be heard at the international parliamentary fora.

Samoan Associate Professor Tuifa’asisina Patila Amosa is the first female Vice-Chancellor and President of the National University of Samoa (NUS). She takes over the position held by Aiono Alec Ekeroma, who was appointed recently as new Director General of Health.

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