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Wed
19
Oct

Research Shows Barriers To Women Contesting Solomon Islands Elections

 

New research investigating barriers for female electoral candidates in the Solomon Islands has revealed that voters are willing to vote for a woman if they are perceived to be able to contribute financial resources to the community; and have a track record of community service. This presents a clear obstacle to women running for election, as they are less likely to possess personal wealth and have limited access to constituency development funds.

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Mon
10
Oct

Sharks, Rays Being Added To CITES List 'Important Success' For Pacific Region

 

Silky sharks, all three species of thresher sharks and all nine species of mobula rays (devil rays) will be listed on Appendix II of CITES after a series of landslide votes at the 17th Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Johannesburg, South Africa. “The listing of these species, and especially the mobula rays, which were initially championed by Fiji is an important success for our region,” said the director general of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Kosi Latu.

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Thu
06
Oct

Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment Seeks Input For Second Round

 

Do you live in Hawaii and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands? We invite you to participate in a short survey on the types of climate change information that you most need.  The survey will only take about 3 min. to complete. The results from the survey will be used in determining the topics to include in the next Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment and a regional technical input to the U.S. National Climate Assessment.

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Thu
06
Oct

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gives CNMI $6.4 Million For Water Infrastructure

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $6.4 million to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure support. “This much-needed funding will help the CNMI provide cleaner, safer drinking water, while protecting its coral reefs,” said Alexis Strauss, EPA’s acting regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “We will continue to support CUC’s efforts to ensure safe drinking water and adequate sanitation for the residents of CNMI.”

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Tue
04
Oct

Solomon Islands Launches National Population Policy

 

Continuing efforts to ensure targeted national development planning in the Solomon Islands reached a milestone today with the launch of its National Population Policy 2017-2026. The launch which was held at the beginning of the three-day Solomon Islands annual provincial planners conference on population and development marks the end of a collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, which provided technical support including the validation process both by Government officials which was complemented by provincial outreach and consultations (on the policy).

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Mon
19
Sep

Matson Navigation Names Newest Vessel After Micronesian Master Navigator

 

Matson, a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, yesterday continued its 20th anniversary celebration in Guam and Micronesia with a special vessel naming ceremony honoring one of Micronesia’s most renowned navigators—Pius “Mau” Piailug, fondly known in the Pacific navigation community as “Papa Mau.” Members of the Piailug family arrived from islands throughout Micronesia to attend the ceremony at the Port Authority of Guam, and members of the Yapese community on Guam honored Piailug’s memory with traditional performances as the vessel was officially blessed and named “Papa Mau.”

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Mon
19
Sep

2016 United States-South Pacific Scholarship Competition Announcement

 

Applications are now being accepted for the East-West Center's United States-South Pacific Scholarship. 

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Wed
14
Sep

Major Improvement Project For Solomons Kukum Highway Financed By Japan

 

A major infrastructure improvement project in Solomon Islands financed by the Government of Japan is projected to improve economic activities by reducing the current traffic conditions while improving safety for road users in the capital, Honiara. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands Kenichi Kimiya launched the construction phase of the Kukum Highway Project after the recent conclusion of the Preparatory phase.

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Tue
13
Sep

FORUM COMMUNIQUÉ: FORTY-SEVENTH PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM

 

The Forty-Seventh Pacific Islands Forum was held in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia from 8 – 10 September 2016 and was attended by Heads of State and Government of Australia, the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The Solomon Islands was represented by their Deputy Prime Minister, the Republic of Fiji, Niue and the Republic of Palau by their Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Kiribati by a Special Envoy. The Forum Leaders’ Retreat was held at FSM Congress Chamber in Palikir on 10 September 2016.

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Mon
12
Sep

Solomon Islands PM Meets Taiwanese Military Personnel

 

Taiwanese military officers engaged in a United States-Taiwan-Solomon Islands Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief and Health Emergency exercise in Honiara over the past three days, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last Friday. The trilateral exercise saw the deployment of 10 military personnel of Taiwan and six military personnel of the United States to Solomon Islands to work with the staff of the National Referral Hospital and Immigration Department.

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