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Pacific Islands Forum

 In response to Japan’s announcement that it would begin dumping nuclear waste in the Pacific Ocean, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is appealing to Japan to hold off from discharging nuclear waste from the Fukushima power plant that was destroyed by a tsunami in 2011....
Gerald Zackios and David Kabua
Majuro, MARSHALL ISLANDS — The man at the center of Micronesia's departure from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) says the move puts them in a good position to help shape the architecture of a rejuvenated regional body. Earlier this month the Marshall Islands' diplomat Gerald Zackios was passed-over...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister has indicated that his government is willing to review the appointment process for Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum. Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi's statement comes after five Micronesian presidents vowed to leave the forum after their candidate...
Map of PIF members and associates
Apia, SAMOA — Savaii Newspaper, Samoa’s government newspaper, is reporting that the government is not giving up on its campaign to induct neighboring American Samoa into the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) as a full member. Currently, the territorial government serves as an Observer in the Forum. And...
Pacific surf
Suva, FIJI — The Pacific Islands Forum is calling for changes to the law governing the region's maritime boundaries. A Regional Conference on Securing the Limits of the Blue Pacific focussed on the legal options, institutional responses to the impact of sea-level rise on baselines and the context...
Pacific Islands Forum, NAURU — Journalist Barbara Dreaver has been released after being detained in Nauru while covering the Pacific Islands Forum summit, TVNZ is reporting. RNZ's reporter on Nauru said it was understood Ms Dreaver was taken to the police station on the island after trying to...
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Pacific Islands Forum, NAURU — Nauru is at the centre of a diplomatic storm after the Pacific ­Islands Forum host nation, which is aligned to Taiwan, denied ­Chinese observers the right to visit on official passports. Forum chairman Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi threatened to...
Pacific Islands Forum logo
Leaders Summit, NAURU — Reaping greater economic benefit from regional fisheries is expected to be high on the agenda at the Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit in Nauru this week. Increasing the yield of the Western and Central Pacific tuna fishery shows the greatest potential for growth. The...
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
Washington, D.C. —  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will lead a high-level U.S. government delegation — comprising senior officials from the White House, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Agency for...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi [SN file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — The chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi says an apparent proposed Chinese military base in Vanuatu is alright as long as it does not pose any threat to the region. This week the Sydney Morning Herald reported the prospect of a Chinese military outpost...