Author: Colin Tukuitonga

Rendez-vous in Rome

A view of St Peter’s Square at the Vatican City. Photo by DAVID ILIFF The 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) is taking this week, bringing climate change issues to the forefront of global debates and discussions. With Fiji as the incoming COP President, Pacific leaders have a rare opportunity to highlight our experiences and showcase the innovative research and activities that are taking place across our region. As part of this effort, I was privileged and honoured to join a group of Pacific leaders at the Vatican in Rome...

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The ‘hidden’ health danger of climate change

Climate change is no longer a matter of theoretical debate. Its most visible impacts are already taking place across the globe, with changing weather patterns affecting the lives of billions. While climate change discussion tends to revolve around large-scale storms and floods, there are other, less visible, changes taking place in our environment – changes that, in the long term, could prove to be more of a threat than any storm. Last week I was part of a discussion about one of these ‘hidden’ threats: the impact climate change is having on global health. This was not a debate...

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48th PIF meeting in Samoa highlights commitment and dedication of Pacific Leaders

Heads of CROP, 48th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting in Apia, Samoa Apia, Samoa felt like the very centre of the Pacific this week as it played host to the 48th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting, and the Smaller Islands States (SIS) meeting. For the first time, French Polynesia and New Caledonia participated as full members of the Forum, making our community of Pacific leaders feel more complete. Under this year’s PIF theme: ‘Blue Pacific – Our Sea of Islands’, Pacific leaders adopted a new narrative on the importance of the Pacific Ocean as a critical determinant...

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Measuring progress towards the Healthy Islands vision

Last week I attended the 12th Pacific Health Ministers Meeting (PHMM) in the Cook Islands, hosted by Minister of Health, Hon. Nandi Glassie, and supported by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the World Health Organization. His Excellency Henry Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, opened the meeting, which included senior health officials from almost all of the Pacific countries and territories, as well as other stakeholder representatives from across the region.

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Celebrating Pacific Community Success – A Landmark CRGA47 and 10th SPC Conference

The CGRA47 and 10th Conference was another highlight event for our organization and a fitting celebration of the Pacific Community’s 70th birthday. While our CGRA’s and Conferences are always highpoints in the SPC’s calendar, this year’s event was particularly special, demonstrating the strength, dedication and support of our members and partners, and setting us on a solid path towards the future. The week began with a very successful training and orientation day for members of the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) and SPC Conference. The aim of the training was to assist CRGA members to better...

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