Indonesia, Nauru agree to boost maritime cooperation

Indonesia and Nauru have agreed on intensifying maritime cooperation and efforts to tackle impacts of climate change. “One of the biggest challenges is related to climate change, including the rising sea levels,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated after accompanying President Joko Widodo during a bilateral meeting with Nauru President Baron Waqa at the Bogor presidential palace on Friday. According to […]

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No pathway for West Papua to be put on decolonisation list

A New Zealand parliament select committee has heard there’s currently no pathway for Indonesian-ruled Papua region, known as West Papua, to be put on the UN decolonisation list. The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee was today briefed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about West Papua, following an earlier hearing in June. https://player.fm/series/radio-new-zealand-all-programmes/no-pathway-for-west-papua-to-be-put-on-decolonisation-list

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MSG Fisheries Technical Working Group Meeting

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) convened the 6th Fisheries Technical Advisory Committee (FTAC) Meeting from 13 to 17 November 2017 at the MSG Secretariat conference room in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The purpose of the meeting was to consider both the Inshore as well as the Offshore (Oceanic) fishery issues in Melanesia. The Acting Director General of the Secretariat, Mr. Peter […]

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PNG researcher calls on locals to stop sorcery related violence

A Papua New Guinea researcher says a recent attack on a six-year-old girl accused of sorcery is an affront to the rights of women and children. Auckland University law student Mary Kints, who is from PNG, has conducted research on sorcery back home. Ms Kints said she was sad to hear about the recent attack on the girl in Enga […]

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Gender inequality at the heart of Pacific violence pandemic

A United Nations representative in the Pacific Nicolas Burniat says gender inequality is at the heart of pandemic levels of violence against women in the region. Mr Burniat, who’s the deputy representative for UN Women Pacific, said Pacific countries share a high level of gender inequality and violence rates in the region are well over the average. He said the […]

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