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Saturday, November 18th, 2017


Pacific journalists network launched as part of COP23 success story

The closing segments of COP23 here thismorning. Photo: UNFCCC

BONN, Germany – November 18: 12.40pm (UN Climate Change News/Nuku’alofa Times): The launch of a new network for Pacific environmental journalists was announced this morning by the United Nations as part of the COP23 achievements here in Bonn, following talks of the last two weeks.

Airport turns Tongan fans away

Tongan fans paint the stadium red last weekend against the Kiwis. They face Lebanon later today in Christchurch.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – November 17: 10pm (RNZI): Tongan rugby league fans say Auckland Airport’s ban on welcoming players back to the city for the world cup semi-finals is racial discrimination.

Mate Ma’a Tonga fired up for first quarterfinal clash

Tonga will be fired up against Lebanon, in their first ever Rugby League World Cup quarterfinal match. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – November 17: 9.25pm (NZN): Tonga are riding the crest of a Rugby League World Cup wave and they’re not ready to wipe out just yet.

COP23 puts a strong focus on ambition, even as countries defer action

Tonga's delegates with former Kiribati leader President Anote Tong at the COP23 here yesterday. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

BONN, Germany – November 17: 7.40pm (Nuku’alofa Times): THE World Wildlife Fund says it recognizes the progress made on laying the groundwork for increasing climate ambition up to 2020 and beyond, but notes that 2018 will be key for countries to clearly signal their intention to step up and enhance their climate plans.

Don’t give up on Pacific Island nations yet

These young Kiribati dancers were at the COP23 this week, sharing their island's message to the world. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

Have first world Western countries given up on Pacific Island Nations by not addressing climate change issues such as pollution? By JOHN BARNETT BONN, Germany – November 17: 3pm (The Conversation): Fiji’s presidency of this year’s United Nations climate summit has put a renewed focus on the future of low-lying Pacific Islands.


Mr Paula Ma'u presenting Tonga's statement on Thursday here at the COP23

By ILIESA TORA (Compliments of DW Academy/UNFCCC) BONN, Germany (MEIDECC): It is undeniable that the effects of Climate Change increasingly threaten the very existence of Small Island Developing States such as Tonga, whose vulnerabilities are rapidly increasing and swiftly eroding our capacities for resilience, Tonga’s Head of Delegation at the COP23 told the High-Level Plenary meeting here on Thursday.