The changes are based on recognising the Realm of New Zealand, and its members, as central to the oath that Governor Generals are sworn to uphold. So who was it that raised the issue and drove the changes? Ans: It’s a Niuean lady…
The Attorney General has been tasked to raise our interest with the two oversight US agencies whether our participation would violate any condition of our relationship with the United States Government. If a favorable response emanates, the appropriate membership application will be filed with the Forum Secretariat.
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.
Clarity and Leadership: What the Forum Secretariat needs to unite and raise Pacific voice on global stage
For ‘deeper regionalism’ to happen, the region needs good processes, clear political direction and inspired leadership. This is where ‘clarity and leadership’ are paramount if the Forum Secretariat rises to take up that mantle.
For the Paris Agreement to enter into force in 2016, its two thresholds need to be met by Oct. 7, as the deal will enter into force only 30 days after the “55 countries, representing at least 55 per cent of global emissions” have been reached.
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.
Washington State & Am. Samoa’s Joe Salave’a named amongst 18 finalists for Polynesian Football Hall of Fame
Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced 18 finalists for 6 spots to be inducted in 2017. Washington State’s defensive line coach Joe Salave’a is one of 11 Samoans in the 18 shortlisted candidates that include one of Maori ancestry, Riki Morgan Ellison.
Granting full membership represented a significant shift for the Pacific Islands Forum. A shift in search of its future and what its role could be in a geo-political landscape that has, and is changing markedly since it was set-up in the 1970s.
The SIS Strategy is an important integrating tool in Tuvalu’s vision and plans to safeguard its lands, seas and people to the growing threats of climate change, natural disasters and related economic and social hazards.
Since 2006, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
Climate change, fisheries and disaster management are the main agenda items but it’s another issue, the push for full membership by French territory, French Polynesia that will be of keen interest.
NZ University researches Cook Islands “brain drain” as part of ‘Education, Migration and Development in the Pacific Islands’
Cook Islands Brain Drain: Why do Cook Islanders choose to study abroad and how does their tertiary education overseas affect the development of their home country?