Fiji, PNG call for UN decolonisation mission to riot-struck New Caledonia

Fiji and Papua New Guinea have urged the UN’s decolonisation committee to expedite a visit to the French-controlled Pacific territory of New Caledonia following its pro-independence riots last month. Nine people have

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Opinion: Fiji’s enormous contribution to global peacekeeping

29 May – the International Day of UN Peacekeeping – is an important day on the United Nations’ annual event calendar.  It is a day that we mark with great pride, admiration, solemnity and honour for the men and

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At ICJ, lawyer for Palestine rips U.S. and Fiji for defending whatever offenses Israel commits

An attorney representing Palestine at the United Nations’ highest court called out the U.S. on Monday for routinely defending Israel’s violations of international law, including its brutal 57-year occupation

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First PNG woman for peacekeeping duties

Major Jacqueline Lilih has been posted to the United Nations Peacekeeping mission in Sudan, the first female PNG military officer to be deployed sent on such a tour of duty. Major Lilih departs for South Sudan today (21

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The long, hard road to climate finance

It’s the classic Catch-22.  Pacific and other small island developing states desperately need to access climate finance to survive the growing impacts of climate change. That much is well known. And the

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We’re not trying to impress anyone: Tonga PM on UN truce

Tonga’s Prime Minister said, “We are not trying to impress anyone. This was a sovereign decision made by the Government of Tonga…,” when he was asked why Tonga had opposed the UN General Assembly

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‘Tipping points’ of risk pose new threats, UN report warns

A new UN report launched on Wednesday has some useful insights on “risk tipping points” which are becoming an increasing challenge worldwide.  Tipping points are reached when the systems we rely on stop functioning

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Organisations call for swift ratification and implementation of BBNJ Treaty

The European Union (EU) and the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) are calling for a rapid ratification and implementation of the BBNJ Agreement to address the triple planetary crisis of

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Abandon fossil fuels: UN SG told world leaders

UN Secretary General António Guterres has urged leaders “to ensure that projects deliver the green, sustainable infrastructure countries need to support people and ecosystems alike, while breaking free of failed

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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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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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Opinion: High seas treaty too late to stop seabed mining

When the International Seabed Authority begins accepting applications for deep-sea mining operations in the coming weeks, there will remain a lingering question. How much control will authorities have over operations to

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