Category: Environment

Preparation for UN climate summit (COP22) heating up. A Q&A to help Ministers before 18 October ‘pre-COP’ meeting

To bring ministers up with the play, the incoming Moroccan presidency and outgoing French presidency prepared a handy Q&A for Ministers so they come prepared to the pre-COP meeting. The answers from a network of 700 NGOs are outlined in the article.

War on climate change: Is the Pacific ready when the world’s plan of attack is put together in Morocco next month?

The outcomes from Morocco should be: each government has clarity on its GHG emissions commitment and what it needs to do to achieve those commitments; access to climate financing simplified; and green technology made available, and invested in, so the world moves away from dirty fuels. But is the Pacific ready to ensure its best interests are reflected in the outcomes?

Tuvalu’s 38th Independence celebrations mark historic ties with NZ, home to its largest diaspora

Establishing Tuvalu’s High Commission in Wellington has been a long standing desire of the Government of Tuvalu to formally recognise the value of their relationship and the important role New Zealand plays in the region and internationally.

First talks between Samoa and EU underscore ‘united and coordinated’ approach to tackling global challenges

Cooperation and tackling global challenges such as climate change were the main outcomes from Samoa and the European Union’s first political talks under the Cotonou framework held in Apia yesterday. In a joint statement,...

Niue, the world’s largest atoll becomes part of the Pristine Seas project

Niueans on the “Rock” are excited about being part of the global Pristine Seas initiative which aims to help “protect some of the last wild places in the world’s ocean”. Niue’s Minister for Natural Resources, Hon Billy...

Concerns over flow of asbestos into Pacific as New Zealand’s import ban comes into effect

There is grave concern about the unrestricted flow of asbestos products into Pacific countries ill-equipped to deal with the problem. Besides Australia and New Zealand, no other nation in the region has a policy preventing the use and importation of asbestos. Nauru, Niue, Kiribati and Vanuatu account for 83% of all non-residential asbestos.

When Paris Agreement becomes legal, what does it mean for Tokelau?

For Tokelau, Paris means it needs to proactively come up with a whole of government approach to move in a low-carbon direction. Tomorrow, 26 September, Tokelau’s head of climate change, Mrs Paula Faiva will outline to political leaders a blueprint of “how” Tokelau will do it. And if they leave it too late, Tokelau will be left behind.

Cook Islands signs agreement with Ocean Minerals to prospect and explore its seabed for Rare Earth Elements

With the world currently negotiating a UN Oceans Treaty expected to be adopted in 2018, the Cook Islands has taken a leadership position to secure rights to its domestic maritime assets and a partnership approach to control harvesting and development directions.