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March, 2018


‘Amelia Ha’ungatau & ‘Ala Fataua —- THIS IS MY STORY OF RESILIENCE

‘Amelia Ha’ungatau and ‘Ala Fataua weaving mats as life continues for them after Gita. Photo: TWCCC

People say we are just three old people living together but if you ask me we probably do more work than people 40 years younger than us – that’s why we survived the cyclone because we’re unstoppable! I’m 71 years of age living with my husband in Holonga and I also take care of my elderly maternal aunt ‘Ala Fataua who is 84 years of age and this is our story. NUKU’ALOFA – March 29: 10.20am (Nuku’alofa Times/WCCC): The night of the cyclone is still very clear in my mind.

Green Climate Fund holds first training in Tonga

The climate change training participants

NUKU’ALOFA – March 28, 2018: 5.45pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Project Management Unit of the Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support Program conducted its first training in Nuku’alofa , Tonga last week.

Fiji donates $50,000 to Tonga

Presenting the cheque of FJD $50,000 by the Roving Ambassador of the Republic of Fiji, H.E Mr. Ratu Tui Cavuilati to MEIDECC’s Director of Corporate Service, Mr. Vatulele Tuputupu, MEIDECC’s head office. Photo: MEIDECC

NUKU’ALOFA-March 28, 2018: 3.10pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Fiji has given FJD$50,000 to Tonga as her assistance towards the relief work after Cyclone Gita.

Defiance – Minister says his statement stands

DEFIANT - Penisimani Fifita

NUKU’ALOFA-March 28, 2018: 3.30pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Education and Training Minister Penisimani Fifita has publicly defied Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and says his statement that girls attending Tonga High School are still banned from playing rugby and boxing.

Samoa Businesswoman wins UN Environment award


APIA, Samoa-March 28, 2018: 3.05pm  (SAMOA OBSERVER): A Samoan businesswoman has been awarded US$10,000 (T$25,000) supporting grant from the UN Environment.

Donors pledge over US$15 million to WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies


GENEVA, Switzerland-March 8, 2018: 2.50pm (WHO): Donors have pledged an additional US$15.3 million to support quick action by the World Health Organisation to tackle disease outbreaks and humanitarian health crises through its emergency response fund in 2018, the Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE).

Building resilience critical


BANGKOK, Thailand-March 28: 2.45pm (ESCAP News): Countries in Asia and the Pacific must build resilience to natural hazards and invest in social protection systems if the region is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, according to a joint report launched today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) at a forum in Bangkok.

New ‘global mindset’ required to tackle climate change

SPREP's Mr Kosi Latu spoke at the conference

WELLINGTON, New Zealand-March 12, 2018: 7.58pm (VOXY/Pacnews): A mindset of a shared responsibility for the planet is essential to bring transformative change in the fight against global warming, according to the organisers of the Pacific Climate Change Conference.

UN moves towards recognising human right to a healthy environment


GENEVA, Switzerland-March 12, 2018: 7.50pm (THE GUARDIAN/Pacnews): It is time for the United Nations to formally recognise the right to a healthy environment, according to the world body’s chief investigator of murders, beatings and intimidation of environmental defenders.

Senituli’s presence leads to diplomatic responses from PM’s Office

Lopeti Senituli and PM Pohiva have come together

NUKU’ALOFA-March 12, 2018: 7.30pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The presence of Lopeti Senituli as Political and Communication Adviser for Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva is paying off.