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Samoan Prime Minister addresses how technology can "bridge the digital divide" for Pacific nations

Posted on 19 April 2023

Earlier this month, Fiame Naomi Mata‘afa, Prime Minister of Samoa, provided a keynote address at ASPI’s Sydney Dialogue, a policy summit focusing on critical and emerging cyber and space technologies. Mata’afa spoke to…
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Cook Islands parliament decriminalises homosexuality

Posted on 19 April 2023

The Cook Islands’ “Crimes (Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill 2023" was passed into law last Friday, and alongside other things decriminalised homosexuality in the nation. This repealed the provisions in its Crimes Act…
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NZ Government reveals increased climate financing for Solomon Islands

Posted on 19 April 2023

The NZ Government has announced that they will provide $15 million dollars of funding to the Solomon Islands to assist their climate resilience at grass roots level. Carmel Sepuloni, Deputy Prime…
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Record-high foreign aid masks the shift away from those in need

Posted on 19 April 2023

According to the newly released 2022 ODA by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), foreign aid from official donors hit a record high of USD 204 billion last year.

However, a…
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Myanmar bombing one of the deadliest attacks since 2021 Coup

Posted on 19 April 2023

Last week, over 150 people in Myanmar, including children and civilians, were killed after a bombing of an opening ceremony at a local administrative office.
 
The attack took place in the Northern Myanmar…
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Effective humanitarian response needed to combat increasing needs in DRC

Posted on 13 April 2023

A press release from Oxfam, CARE International and the Danish Refugee Council addresses the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with an estimated 10 million people in…
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“Mine Action Cannot Wait” urges protection of vulnerable populations

Posted on 13 April 2023

On April 4, Mine Awareness Day was observed by the international community alongside the campaign “Mine Action Cannot Wait”, demanding effective action to combat the problem.
 
Erik Tollefsen, the head of the weapons…
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Vanuatu's progress, and challenges, in achieving good governance 

Posted on 12 April 2023

A recent Dev Policy Blog article revealed that despite Vanuatu’s successes in recent years tackling corruption, they are still experiencing significant challenges in achieving good governance.
 
Compared to significant accounts of political…
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New Caledonia and France meet ahead of sovereignty discussion

Posted on 12 April 2023

Delegates from New Caledonia’s Oceanian Awakening party met with Gerald Darmanin, French interior minister, to discuss the issue of the nation’s sovereignty ahead of the upcoming political sequence in France this…
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Ban on females working at UN in Afghanistan an "assault on women"

Posted on 12 April 2023

It has been announced that women will no longer be permitted to work at the UN in Afghanistan, a measure that will be actively enforced by the Taliban.
 
At the end of last…
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