Eruptions of volcanoes on Ambae and Ambrym raise alert level

Ambrym's volcanoes Benbow and Marum… alert raised to Level 3. File photo: Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department

Ambrym’s volcanoes Benbow and Marum… alert raised to Level 3. File photo: Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department

The alert level for the volcanoes on Ambae and Ambrym has been raised to Level 3 by Vanuatu’s Geohazards Department, indicating that they both experiencing minor eruptions.Visitors are urged to pay attention to the warning signs concerning volcanic dangers for Ambae’s Manaro Voui volcano and Ambrym’s Benbow and Marum volcanoes. Volcanoes on Gaua, Tanna, Lopevi and Vanualava have Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian coal is sinking our Pacific islands

Coal burning power station. Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel and a major conributor to climate change. File photo/Pixabay

Australia, the world’s largest coal exporter, is actively trying to undermine the Pacific islands by continuing to promote coal – the dirtiest of the fossil fuels that are driving the world’s warming climate. 

As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull prepares to meet with his island counterparts this week in Apia, Samoa, Pacific civil society groups say Australia’s promotion of coal puts their communities at risk.

Pacific island countries, including some of the world’s most vulnerable low-lying islands, are demanding greater ambition to tackle climate change and renewed political commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The Vanuatu flag flies at a 2014 blockade of Australian coal export port Newcastle by Pacific islanders campaigning against climate change. Photo: 350.org

The Vanuatu flag flies at a 2014 blockade of Australian coal export port Newcastle by Pacific islanders campaigning against climate change. Photo: 350.org

On Thursday, Pacific Islands Forum leaders will consider a ‘united’ Pacific voice to take to the COP23 climate negotiations in November.  At those talks – to be held in Bonn, Germany – the world’s eyes will be on the Pacific as Fiji takes over as president of the UN climate negotiations, the first time a small island developing state has held this important role.

However, members of the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) say there is a low probability of an authentic ‘united’ Pacific voice being forged in Apia, with Australia’s presence and economic interests being historically responsible for watering-down regional climate declarations.

Australia’s continued promotion of coal – the dirtiest of the fossil fuels that are driving the world’s warming climate — jeopardises negotiation outcomes, and ultimately the safety of the entire Pacific region.

Maina Talia, from the Tuvalu Climate Action Network (TuCAN), said Pacific island leaders Read the rest of this entry »


Pacific Forum Island Countries’s Chief Trade Adviser declares his independence

Ghanaian lawyer Dr Edwini Kessie – Chief Trade Adviser for OCTA. Photo: OCTA

Ghanaian lawyer Dr Edwini Kessie – Chief Trade Adviser for OCTA. Photo: OCTA

The Chief Trade adviser for the Forum Island Countries, Dr Edwin Kessie, defends the integrity of his position and denies he or his office takes instructions from Australia or New Zealand, he says Read the rest of this entry »


Visas no longer required for short stays in New Caledonia

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France’s Ambassador and Vanuatu’s Prime Minister have both welcomed visa-free entry to New Caledonia by nationals of Vanuatu. This applies to those staying no longer than  Read the rest of this entry »


PM Salwai backs Pacific Islands Forum membership of France’s Pacific colonies

Vanuatu's new Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai

Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai.

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Vanua’aku Party Congress reflects on historical connection to Santo’s Hog Harbour

Hog Harbour, Espiritu Santo

Hog Harbour, Espiritu Santo

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PM Salwai meets with his New Zealand counterpart PM Key on official visit

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai is officially welcomed to New Zealand by NZ Prime Minister John Key at Auckland War Memorial Museum today. Photo: Twitter/@johnkeypm

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai was officially welcomed to New Zealand by NZ Prime Minister John Key at Auckland War Memorial Museum today. Photo: @johnkeypm/Twitter

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