Category: Environment

Tokelau leaders travel far and wide to salvage lands and ‘climate proof’ way of life

Tokelau, one of the world’s most isolated territories is home to a rare people and unique way of life. Today, its chances of survival are up in the air as the violence and economic tension resulting from the impacts of climate change threaten its existence.

French Polynesia’s telecommunications system rated world class by Polynesian leaders

The Tahiti telecommunications infrastructure also houses one of only five Uplink Stations for the European Union’s Galileo global navigation satellite system. Galileo raises French Polynesia’s telecommunications capability and participation to the global level and with it, the Pacific’s importance as a global hub for satellite technology.

From Savalalo to London: 12-year old, St Mary Primary student in London to launch her book: The Voice of an Island

Twelve-year-old Samoan student Lupeoaunu’u Va’ai won a Gold Medal award for her story ‘The Voice of an Island’ in the Voices of Future Generations Children’s Story Writing Competition last year. She is one of...

Tokelau’s chairmanship on Oceans Declaration augurs well for Polynesian Leaders summit in September

It is the Ocean that binds us all. A healthy ocean is critical to a healthy planet, and Polynesians are custodians to the largest Ocean area of the globe. We are the people of the Ocean and therefore our responsibility to carry that message throughout our region and beyond.

Tuvalu, first small Pacific nation to gain GCF project funding with US$38.8million for Coastal Adaptation project

Project resources will be used to put in place a robust coastal protection infrastructure along 2,210m of vulnerable coastlines of Funafuti, Nanumea and Nanumaga representing nearly 28% of the high value zone of the country, which currently has no protective measures. It also represents 10% of all vulnerable coastlines in the country.

Polynesian leaders group gather in Tahiti, focus on oceans and update on Paris Agreement

The principal focus is on climate change with the two key issues being: Oceans; and an overview of the UN’s climate summit in Paris (COP21) last year where the PLG’s Taputapuatea Declaration proved pivotal in incorporating the 1.5°C margin into the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

Paula Bennett cries, backs renewable energy as Pacific solution to climate change

On 3 June, Mrs Bennett walked past Betio Hospital, functional but, previously, had been evacuated due to flooding: “You can read about it, you can hear the stories, but when you are faced with it in reality, it is incredibly stark.”

PACIFIC FIRST: Fiji diplomat elected President of the United Nations

Fifth generation Fijian, Peter Thomson, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations has been elected President of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In the largely ceremonial but prestigious post,...

Implications of the Paris climate agreement for Tokelau and coral atoll nations of the Pacific

Tokelau’s future survival is dependent on the actions of other governments. The Paris Agreement puts all countries onto a new, transformative global climate governance system aimed at ‘weaning the world off fossil fuels’. The new system has deep implications for development trajectories of Pacific islands that include: sustainable development goals, adaptation and resilience, energy systems, agriculture and related food systems, potential sources of finance, transport, and non economic loss and damage.

Pacific’s custom-built climate change centre set for 2018 opening

The one-stop Pacific-wide ‘Climate Change’ shop will have all the necessary training and meeting facilities to tackle new technological challenges and developments, especially in the key areas of climate change science and meteorology.

Massive shift in global mind-set applauded by UN agency-but Pacific colonies not included!

In 2006, the world was wedded to a paradigm of at-all-costs economic development. Ten years later there’s a global agreement on climate change, and a universal approach to sustainable development. An international recognition of the fundamental relationship between social equity, economic development and healthy environment. But a segment of the global community – the ‘bloc of countries and people’, colonies of first world countries – they are not recognized.