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Blue Pacific a strong expression of Pacific Regionalism

Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat - Statement at Media Workshop, Vailima, Samoa.

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you all. Allow me to offer my gratitude for your efforts to travel, from near and far, across the Blue Pacific Ocean to be here to cover the 48th Pacific Islands Forum. This coming week is an important one for the Forum and for Pacific Regionalism.  

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Blue Pacific – the Pacific’s commitment to the global Agenda 2030

Lizbeth Cullity, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative - Statement at Media Workshop, Vailima, Samoa.

I am delighted to be invited to speak about the Sustainable Development Goals and the Pacific’s commitment to a Blue Economy at this Regional Media Workshop. The recent international Ocean’s conference in New York culminated with a strong global commitment to “conserve and sustainably use our oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” 

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Fiji Post-Disaster Needs Assessment: Cyclone Winston, February 2016

On Saturday February 20, 2016, Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston, an extremely destructive Category 5 cyclone, struck Fiji.
TC Winston was the first Category 5 cyclone to directly impact Fiji and the most intense cyclone on record to affect the
country.1 Fiji’s Eastern Division was the first to be struck, with Koro, Ovalau and Taveuni Islands sustaining severe damage.
The cyclone swept across Fiji’s islands, reaching its peak strength shortly before making landfall on the country’s largest

Interactions between sea-level rise and wave exposure on reef island dynamics in the Solomon Islands

Low-lying reef islands in the Solomon Islands provide a valuable window into the future impacts of
global sea-level rise. Sea-level rise has been predicted to cause widespread erosion and inundation of
low-lying atolls in the central Pacific. However, the limited research on reef islands in the western
Pacific indicates the majority of shoreline changes and inundation to date result from extreme events,
seawalls and inappropriate development rather than sea-level rise alone. Here, we present the first

Climate change and the birds of Micronesia

Efforts to preserve island birds throughout Micronesia are taking place. In Pohnpei, research on the population biology and habitat use of the Micronesian kingfishers is being undertaken, and the results will be applied toward the captive management of the species and reintroduction planning.

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'Hero' of Paris climate agreement dies

Former Marshall Islands foreign minister Tony De Brum, who played a key role in securing the Paris climate pact has passed away aged 72.

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Performing “A New Song”: Suggested Considerations for Drafting Effective Coastal Fisheries Legislation Under Climate Change

A New Song for Coastal Fisheries, a strategy and roadmap produced through a participatory workshop facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, calls upon Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) to ensure strong and up-to-date management policy, legislation, and planning for coastal fisheries. While climate change is not a core focus of the roadmap, the call of A New Song presents a unique opportunity to draft new or revised fishery legislation with climate principles in mind.