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Deactivation of mobile phones in Papua New Guinea imminent

Papua New Guinea, Jan. 21 -- By Amanda Watson No phone calls and no text messages could be the future for Papua New Guineans who haven't registered their SIM cards, while telcos could receive fines. ... Read More


At the UN, paying dues and having a say

United States, Jan. 21 -- By Carlisle Richardson, the Interpreter The recent news that Tonga was among seven countries that had lost their right to vote in the United Nations General Assembly over un... Read More


Climate refugees cannot be forced back home

New Zealand, Jan. 20 -- By Jane McAdam In a landmark decision, the UN Human Rights Committee has found it is unlawful for governments to send people back to countries where climate change impacts exp... Read More


For Tonga, Australian labour mobility more important than aid and trade combined

Australia, Jan. 20 -- By Stephen Howes and Beth Orton Last year, 3,737 Tongans came to Australia to work in the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP). Net earnings from the SWP are what workers take home ... Read More


Vanuatu begins preparations towards hosting of Pacific Islands Forum

Vanuatu, Jan. 19 -- Vanuatu has begun preparations for hosting the 51st Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' (PIF) meeting, to be convened in early August, immediately after the country celebrates its 40th ... Read More


Comparing China's and Taiwan's aid to the Pacific

Fiji, Jan. 19 -- By Denghua Zhang In September 2019, after 36 years, Solomon Islands severed its diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (hereafter Taiwan) and established formal relations wi... Read More


Pacific predictions: 2020

Australia, Jan. 14 -- By Tess Newton Cain As we enter not only a new year but a new decade, there is much to anticipate in the Pacific islands region. Elections and domestic politics A number of co... Read More


Pacific Islands Forum chair urges Pacific Islanders to support fundraising efforts to help victims of Australian bushfires

Tuvalu, Jan. 7 -- Pacific Islands countries are deeply saddened by the on-going devastation of bush-fires in Australia, destroying livelihoods, ecosystems, homes and cost lives across the country. Is... Read More


David Kabua elected Marshall Islands President, unseating Dr Hilda Heine

Marshall Islands, Jan. 5 -- Marshall Islands President Dr Hilda Heine has lost her presidency to David Kabua, a former cabinet minister and eldest son of the the island nation's founding president, Am... Read More


Four licensed operators to test new Coral Sea Cable system in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands, Jan. 2 -- The Solomon Submarine Cable has announced four licensed operators in the country that are now connected to the International Coral Sea Cable System for customer trials, whic... Read More