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22
Dec

Media Statement: Pacific Collective Oppose Japanese Government Utility Company’s Plans to Dump Radioactive Waste in the Pacific Ocean

The Pacific Collective on Nuclear Issues[1] (the Collective) representing Pacific civil society organisations (CSOs) strongly opposes the plans of the Japanese Government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) to discharge 1.28 million tonnes of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean from 2023. The Collective refutes the veracity of a number of premises advanced by the Radiological Impact

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15
Dec

Media Statement: Referendum “unjust and unfair” for Indigenous People of Kanaky

The French Government’s decision to proceed with the third and final referendum vote for self-determination in Kanaky/New Caledonia was unjust and unfair for the Indigenous People of Kanaky. This process has been unjust, culturally insensitive, disingenuous and falls completely short of the spirit of the Noumea Accord. This referendum is clearly null and void. Despite numerous calls from state and

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8
Dec

Media Statement: Pacific NGOs and movements call on France to defer referendum vote to 2022

On behalf of a coalition of Pacific civil society organisations (CSO) and movement leaders, we call on the French Government to postpone the third independence referendum in Kanaky/New Caledonia, which was “hastily” announced to go ahead on the 12th of December,  2021. The French Minister for Overseas Territories, Sebastien Lecornu, told French journalists in Paris that the third self-determination vote

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26
Nov

Off The Hook: How the big subsidisers are avoiding responsibility in the WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations

Off The Hook: How the big subsidisers are avoiding responsibility in the WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations From November 30 – December 3 Trade Ministers will be meeting in Geneva for the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 12th Ministerial (MC12). One of the key areas of discussion are the negotiations on fisheries subsidies. The negotiations on fisheries subsidies have a long history

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24
Oct

Media Release: Pacific Leaders must put Australia on notice

AUKUS “highly problematic” for the region Australia needs to be put on notice by the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders for abandoning its commitments under the South Pacific’s nuclear free accord, the Treaty of Rarotonga, by signing up to the controversial security pact, AUKUS. The deal by the Australian, the United Kingdom, and the United States Governments is “highly problematic” and

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14
Oct

Media Release: World Trade Organisation talks ignore SDG14

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) current negotiations on ending fisheries subsidies are undermining livelihoods and development for developing and least-developed countries. This was echoed by small-scale fisher groups, civil society organisations, intra-government bodies and Member country negotiators at the WTO public forum on “Catching Development: Acting Together for Sustainable Fisheries Trade”, hosted by the Pacific Network on Globalisation and Handelskampanjen.

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29
Jul

Pacific Futures – For the Good of All Mankind

Pacific Futures: For the Good of All (Mankind) Maureen Penjueli July 2021 The powerful delegations of empires landed on our shores requesting that, for the good of all mankind, noble sacrifices must be made. For the good of all mankind, they said, bad things must happen here on our shores. In our past futures, they requested to blow up our islands in

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28
Jul

A Critical Response to the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA), Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) and the Pacific Islands Forum’s Social Impact Assessment 

Issued by the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) February 2002 In August 2002, the Pacific Islands Forum will meet in Fiji. An official announcement of the coming into force of PICTA and PACER is expected to be made. PICTA and PACER are legally binding agreements which together aim at making Pacific island states conform to World Trade Organisation (WTO) trade

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13
Jul

Book review: Guam author highlights injustice in the name of efficiency

By Maureen Penjueli I was invited to write a review of my dear friend Julian Augon’s book ‘The Properties of Perpetual Light’. The task was a little daunting given his book has received the highest praise from the likes of Alice Walker, Junot Diaz, Naomi Klein, Kathy-Jetnil-Kijiner, Katarina Teaiwa, Jonathan Osorio, and other notables. So, I offer a review, one

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13
Jul

Global talks on Fisheries subsidies must target big subsidisers not development

Global talks on Fisheries subsidies must target big subsidisers not development   July 13 2021   Civil society organisations from around the world are calling on trade ministers to ensure that negotiations on fisheries subsidies at the World Trade Organization (WTO) don’t undermine development aspirations of small-scale fishing communities and developing countries – but target those most historically responsible for

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