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Small Pacific states defiant over stronger climate change stance

Niklas Pedersen reporting from Fiji … Pacific leader calls for stronger action on climate change in Suva spilled over into Port Moresby at the Pacific Islands Forum this week. Video: PMC

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Koro Vaka’uta and the PNG media

The Pacific Forum leaders summit has concluded without unity on climate change. While leaders have talked of solidarity, cracks have appeared over the subject of climate change.

Representatives from the 16 forum member countries gathered in Port Moresby over the week to address issues concerning the region, but there are a several conflicting positions, particularly when it comes to Australia and New Zealand.

Small island states have called for a global moratorium on new coal mines, which may struggle to get the backing of the wider forum, and enough of a reduction in emissions so that global temperature increases do not exceed 1.5°C over pre-industrial levels. Read more »

‘We won’t be intimidated’ over West Papua at Forum, says Sogavare

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Solomon Islands stands firm over the West Papua cause. Image: PNG Loop

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Makereta Komai in Port Moresby

Solomon Islands will not be intimidated by Indonesia or other countries in the Pacific Islands Forum in its push for West Papua.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is willing to take it to the next level, to demand global action through its membership of the United Nations in New York.

Speaking to journalists, Sogavare said he was in Port Moresby this week with three proposals – to push for observer status, agree to a high level fact finding mission and have West Papua listed in the United Nations Committee Decolonisation Committee, known as the Committee of 24. Read more »

Smaller Pacific states’ Port Moresby Declaration calls for coal moratorium

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Pacific smaller island states representatives in Port Moresby. Image: PNG Loop

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Report – By PNG Loop in Port Moresby

Leaders of the Pacific Smaller Island States have called on all nations  – especially  the advanced economies in the region – to rise to the challenge of climate change.

They want to steer the world on a path where climate change is no longer a threat to earth.

As a first step, they called for a global moratorium on all new coal mines. Read more »

Native Affairs sends first NZ TV crew to the region for 50 years

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Māori Television’s Adrian Stevanon … special reporting mission to West Papua for Native Affairs. Image: MTS

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Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Prime Minister John Key will join leaders from around the Pacific in Papua New Guinea this week for the 46th Pacific Island leaders forum.

Among the high level talks will be the human rights abuses in West Papua.

For decades the Indonesian twin provinces of Papua and West Papua have been a no-go zone amid claims of genocide and extreme violence. Read more »

PNG blocks Benny Wenda’s visa bid again – open Pacific plea for West Papua

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United Liberation Movement of West Papua spokesman Benny Wenda (right) and ULMWP secretary-general Octo Mote as observers at the recent Melanesian Spearhead Group summit in Honiara. Image: Pacific Scoop

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Report – By the Pacific Media Centre news desk

West Papua independence leader Benny Wenda’s visa application for entering Papua New Guinea has again been rejected and he has been left unable to travel to Port Moresby for the Pacific leaders summit next week.

This shock visa rejection comes despite assurances from Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in an interview with ABC News earlier this year that there was “no reason why he shouldn’t be granted one”.

Wenda had been invited by the Governor of the National Capital District (NCD), Powes Parkop, to attend a refugee human rights conference and the 40th anniversary of PNG independence. Read more »

Pacific broadcast media aim to get people ‘to care’ about key goals

Pacific Media Watch’s Alistar Kata reports on community news and the UN sustainable development goals. PMC video

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Report – By Alistar Kata

Beyond2015, a global campaign focused on working with civil society groups to develop their regions, is planned to end poverty, inequality and climate change in the Pacific.

But the challenge is how to engage Pacific communities with these messages in a way they can understand.

Last weekend Pacific media were invited to a workshop in Auckland to come up with ways to get the message through. Read more »

European Union slams Indonesia, other G20 nations on climate summit targets

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Mangrove forests on Lake Tabarisia, Papua province, Indonesia. Image: RTCC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Lachlan Carmichael

The European Union has urged India, Indonesia, Brazil and other major economies to immediately submit their emissions reductions targets to help avoid failure at the United Nations climate summit in Paris later this year.

In hard-hitting remarks in Brussels, EU Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete warned that the window of opportunity for 195 countries to agree a deal aimed at limiting the rise in global temperatures “is closing fast” and called for speeding up technical negotiations.

So far, he said 56 countries representing 61 percent of global green-house gas emissions have handed in their reduction pledges, just over a quarter of the total countries. Read more »

Papua plane crash in kills 54 – blow to Indonesian air safety record

A screen grab of a the Papua plane crash photograph released by Indonesia's search and rescue organisation.

A screen grab of a handout photograph released by Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) shows what is believed to be the site of Sunday’s crash of the Trigana Air Service ATR 42-300 plane in the Bintang Mountains jungle of Papua. Image: Jakarta Globe

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Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Indonesia’s patchy aviation safety record has with Sunday’s passenger plane crash in Papua province with 54 people aboard, the third major plane crash in the past year in the country, the Jakarta Post reports.

The first rescuers reached the crash site today and found dozens of bodies, authorities said, adding that the plane was completely destroyed and there was no chance any of the people on board having survived.

The UN’s Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) sets safety standards for international flights. Its audits evaluate countries’ ability to oversee their airlines, including how well they conform to those standards. Read more »

Trigana Air plane crashes in West Papuan highlands with 54 people on board

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A Trigana Air ATR-42 turboprop aircraft like the one that has crashed. Image: Jakarta Globe

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By the Jakarta Globe

Indonesian officials have confirmed that a plane with 54 people on board that went missing in the West Papuan highlands yesterday afternoon has crashed into a mountain.

“The Trigana Air plane has been found in Okbape subdistrict,” Prasetyo, the Transportation Ministry’s Director-General of Aviation, told a media conference in Jakarta.

“We have information from residents that the plane crashed into a mountain in Okbape,” he added. Read more »

Beware ‘stripping away’ NZ sovereignty, Māori Party co-leader warns

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West Papuan political leader Octo Mote (right) with Papuan and Pacific supporters at the TPP rally in Auckland on Saturday. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Michael Neilson

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox has warned against the “stripping away” of sovereignty for New Zealand at a central Auckland rally against the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership corporate trade agreement.

Speaking outside the US Consulate-General on Saturday, she said: “For 175 years Māori people of this country have been protesting against taking sovereignty away from us.

“We know a little bit about that, we know what it is like to live in a country where you are dispossessed from your rights, and we are here to tell you we support you to tell this government that we don’t want our sovereignty stripped away any more.” Read more »

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