Pacific Island Countries/PICs

  • Global Commons

    HADR training, exercises with U.S. support PNG’s response to deadly landslide

    FORUM Staff Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) and other emergency personnel responding to a devastating landslide incorporated techniques and expertise honed during regular training and exercises with United States military and other partner agencies. Meanwhile, aircraft and other assets from the U.S. and Indo-Pacific Allies and Partners transported disaster management experts, relief supplies and search-and-rescue equipment to the remote…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Allies, Partners continue push against IUU fishing

    FORUM Staff Seven years after the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed June 5 the International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, Indo-Pacific Allies and Partners continue to lead the battle against an illicit activity that the U.N. says has “major implications for the conservation and management of ocean resources, as well as the food security…

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  • Across The Region

    Fiji, France Agree to Expand Defense Cooperation

    Fiji and France reached a defense agreement in August 2023 covering technology research, training, logistical support, and emergency and humanitarian assistance. The Status of Forces Agreement “provides a framework for cooperation and assistance through military exchanges and the sharing of expertise between the Republic of Fiji Military Force and the Defence Force of the French Republic,” the Fiji Prime Minister’s…

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  • Climate

    Sponsor An Ocean?

    Story and photos by The Associated Press The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue has devised a novel plan to protect its vast and pristine territorial waters. It will get sponsors to pay. Under the plan, launched by Niue Premier Dalton Tagelagi in September 2023, individuals or companies can pay $148 to protect 1 square kilometer of ocean from threats…

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  • Across The Region

    Palau-U.S. Agreement Bolsters Island Nation’s Maritime Enforcement

    A Palau-United States agreement authorizes U.S. ships to unilaterally enforce maritime regulations in the Pacific island nation’s exclusive economic zone. The August 2023 move followed the Palau president’s request for Washington’s help to deter “unwanted activities” by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). “This agreement helps Palau monitor our exclusive economic zone, protect against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and deter…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Long-standing shiprider agreements boost Free and Open Indo-Pacific, protect EEZs

    FORUM Staff The shiprider program, the successful multilateral fisheries surveillance and law enforcement effort in the Indo-Pacific, traces its origins to the late 1980s when the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency recommended member countries develop a reciprocal enforcement agreement. The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Harriet Lane partners with local police, fisheries agencies and other officials in Fiji,…

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  • Oceania

    Australia deepens maritime security cooperation with Pacific island neighbors

    Tom Abke Defense partnerships between Australia and the island nations of the Pacific have an enduring history dating back decades. In recent years, Australia has significantly increased its efforts to bolster maritime security cooperation with those nations by ensuring the security of sea lanes, and combating illegal fishing, piracy and other maritime threats through joint patrols, maritime surveillance, capacity-building measures…

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  • Climate

    Climate Change Impacts program strives to understand threats, increase resilience

    FORUM Staff Climate change could impact more than 80% of the Indo-Pacific’s population by 2050, according to the United States Indo-Pacific Command’s (USINDOPACOM) Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM). Worldwide, rising seas and coastal floods are expected to force more than 200 million people from their homes, with Blue Pacific nations among the worst hit. Extreme…

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  • Climate

    U.N. climate agreement addresses fossil fuels for first time as Blue Pacific nations, U.S. push for more ambitious goals

    FORUM Staff United Nations climate talks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in December 2023 closed with an agreement by nearly 200 nations to “transition away” from fossil fuels. It marked the first time a U.N. climate compact has called for governments to burn less coal, oil and natural gas, a step some observers called historic. Blue Pacific nations on…

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  • Oceania

    Australia, Timor-Leste empower women in defense

    Tom Abke Female personnel from the Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) trained with their counterparts from the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) 1st Combat Engineer Regiment (1CER) in Australia’s Northern Territory in November 2023, demonstrating capabilities including watercraft safety protocols, and simulated and live-fire combat techniques. “Collaboration with our partners from Timor-Leste is hugely important,” Lt. Darielle Corpuz, 1CER troop commander, said…

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