Australian-born judge David Lambourne closer to deportation as Kiribati parliament votes for High Court removal, ‘major setback for justice’ – UN

An Australian judge is a step closer to being deported from Kiribati after the country’s parliament voted in favour of his removal from the High Court.  David Lambourne’s suspension from office two

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Wellington happy to help Cook Islands join UN

The New Zealand government says the country will offer assistance if the Cook Islands bids to join the United Nations. Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown has previously said his country could pursue UN membership to

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UNDP calls for debt relief now for 54 countries

Fifty-four countries that are home to more than half of the poorest people on the planet need urgent debt relief now, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in a paper published on Tuesday that calls for rich

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Pacific to seek deferment of UN vote on Climate Justice

Vanuatu and its regional coalition partners will be seeking a deferral of the vote on the climate justice initiative to the end of 2022, to allow more time to lobby for a simple majority vote. This was conveyed by the

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Crypto ‘an unstable financial asset’ says UNCTAD

Cryptocurrency is an “unstable financial asset that can bring social risks and costs”, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) warned in three policy briefs on Wednesday. UNCTAD said their benefits to

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New approach needed on climate finance

From international climate conferences to regional meetings, Pacific Islands have consistently lamented the difficulties of getting access to climate finance over the past few years. “Our climate finance needs are

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Nauru Police embarks on UN Mission in South Sudan

The first Nauru police to take part in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan departed last month (July 17), the Nauru Government says. Superintendent Imran Scotty, Sergeant Drusky Dabadauw and Senior

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UN States seek teeth and sting in the corruption fight

Transnational crime syndicates including those that work in the underworld market of money laundering would have been anxious over moves in the United Nations to add more teeth into its convention against corruption

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UN States seek teeth and sting in the corruption fight

From the office of the Pacific Anti-Corruption Journalists' Network in Suva Transnational crime syndicates including those that work in the underworld market of money laundering would have been anxious over moves in the

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InDepth: Life during the lockdown

For over two months, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Satyendra Prasad has been largely confined to his home, He describes life during the COVID-19 induced lockdown in New York, and how it is

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COVID-19 a wake up call on the need for regional cooperation

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations says the COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for the Pacific on the need for regional cooperation. “If the world ever needed confirmation of why multilateralism

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Israel wants Pacific’s backing at ‘biased’ UN rights council

Times of Israel/Pacnews:  Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has told Pacific Island leaders in Fiji that he hopes they will stand with Israel against what he claims is a strong anti-Israel bias on the United

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