, The Vanua’aku Pati (VP) is loyal to the Salwai-led Government.

VP National Coordinator, Avio Roberts, said the party has supported the government since its formation and will continue to support it.

“We will make sure that Prime Minister Charlot Salwai will complete his term, this government has VP’s full support,” said Mr Roberts.

Asked about the signatures of two VP MPs on the motion of no confidence, he said the two VP MPs have withdrawn their signatures.

“There were only two VP MPs that signed the motion when they were with the opposition, it is believed that they signed an old motion and their signatures were used on this motion,” he added.

The VP National coordinator said the two MPs are the new Minister of Agriculture, Hosea Nevu and MP Toara Daniel.

He made the clarification in an interview with Kizzy Kalsakau from 96Buzz FM.

Source: By Terence Malapa, the Vanuatu Daily Post

United Nations sees PNG’s population growth a problem

THE high rate of population growth in Papua New Guinea is deemed to be a problem in terms of health since there are insufficient basic health services for the rising population.

According to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) country representative Koffi Kouame, the population growth rate for PNG was 3.1 per cent, which was high and many people would be deprived of basic healthcare.

As part of partnering in bringing development to the communities, UNFPA donated US$700,000 (K2.3 million) worth of health commodities and medical equipment to the National Department of Health to help improve family planning and reduce maternal health problems and HIV and AIDS.

“The donations falls under

UNFPA’s support to the PNG Government in its efforts to provide healthcare to the citizens,” Kouame said.
“We cannot control population growth because everyone has a choice whether to have children or not, but we want to make sure they know the different methods of family planning so that they may choose wisely.

We are also working with the government to make sure everyone is cared for.”

Kouame said the donation was in line with the overall United Nations development assistances to PNG to ensure “no one is left behind” in exercising their reproductive rights and choices.

“UNFPA will continue partnering with the government under the UN development assistance framework and ensure that all women and girls have access to quality family planning, safe birth and infection-free from sexual transmitted infections and HIV to enjoy their reproductive rights,” he said.
The commodities and medical equipment include:

  • 6.1 million male condoms;
  • 500,000 female condoms;
  • 5000 injectable sayana press;
  • 9949 intra uterine device (IUD);
  • 30,000 levoplant implants;
  • 350 bib-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) kits;
  • 20 delivery beds;
  • 20 delivery lights; and
  • One manual vacuum extractor.

National health standard services deputy secretary Dr Paision Dakulala thanked the United Nations

Population Fund for its continuous support to the country when receiving the products on behalf of the Health Department.

Dakulala said the department had been struggling to provide for “the growing population and this donation would be of great help”.

He said that the products would help in the choices that people made in their everyday lives, especially with condoms.

Dakulala said the donations were timely and would be distributed to all provinces.

Source: The National PNG

Ngangan announces plan for selling of Apec assets

By LUKE KAMA, the National PNG

THE Central Supplies and Tenders Board (CSTB) will start the public disposal process of assets purchased and owned by the PNG Apec Coordination Authority soon, acting chairman Dr Ken Ngangan says.
Ngangan also the Finance Secretary, told The National yesterday that the process of stock-taking and accounting for all the assets owned by the authority was underway.

The disposal of the assets through the public tender process will start after that.

“We are finalising the list of all assets purchased by the authority including the vehicles,” Ngangan said.
“We will this week send out letters and public notices for all assets to be returned to a common location.
“Once all assets purchased by the authority are accounted for, we will commence the public disposal process through public tender.”

He said the tendes board would work with the Government to decide which assets should be allocated to public institutions and which ones to be sold.

“All these processes will be undertaken and managed publicly and transparently for all to see,” he said.
Apec Minister Justin Tkatchenko earlier said the Apec Authority would cease to exist at the end of next month.

For that reason, all assets owned by the authority will have to be disposed of through public tender before the end of December.

Tkatchenko said proceeds from the sale of those assets would assist the Government recover some of the money spent to host the Apec Leader’s Summit this month.

Some of the buses donated by the Chinese Government will be given to the National Capital District Commission to be used for free public transport in Port Moresby.

Rabuka is Leader of the Opposition in Fiji

TALEBULA KATE, FIjiTimes

SITIVENI RABUKA is now officially the Leader of the Opposition.

Mr Rabuka was the only nomination for the position and his nomination was moved by Ro Teimumu Kepa and seconded by Dr Biman Prasad.

The Members of Parliament also unanimously voted to adopt the standing orders of parliament

Opposition nomination defeated, Bhatnagar appointed Deputy Speaker

THE nomination of SODELPA MP Litia Qionibaravi to be the Deputy Speaker of Parliament was defeated in Parliament this morning.

This came after the Opposition’s nomination was defeated by 27 votes to 24 in a secret ballot.

The Assistant for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatnagar has been appointed as the Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

Foto bersama pimpinan gereja-gereja di Pasifik usai Sidang Umum PCC ke 11 di Auckland, New Zealand. (Elisa – SP)

JAYAPURA – Gereja-Gereja Pasifik kembali menyatakan komitmen solidaritasnya untuk mendukung hak penentuan nasib sendiri bagi bangsa West Papua dan mendukung penuh West Papua dimasukan dalam daftar dekolonialisasi PBB.

Komitmen itu disampaikan Dewan Gereja-Gereja Pasifik atau Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) mewakili 30 gereja anggota dan 9 Dewan Gereja Nasional setelah Sidang Umum PCC ke 11 yang diselenggarakan dari tanggal 26 Oktober – 1 November 2018 di Mangere Auckland, Aotearia – New Zealand.

“Kita merenungkan tema, ‘Menyanyikan Nyayian Tuhan di Negeri Asing”, dari Mazmur 137:4. Kita juga mendengar teriakan komunitas kita yang berjuang untuk menyanyikan lagu Tuhan sebagai lagu kebebasan dan keadilan di tanah mereka sendiri.

Dengan demikian, kami menegaskan kembali komitmen kami terhadap perjuangan penentuan nasib sendiri saudara-saudara kami di Tanah Papua dan menyatakan dukungan kuat kami untuk dimasukkan dalam daftar PBB untuk Dekolonisasi,” tulis PCC melalui release yang dikirim ke redaksi suarapapua.com, Sabtu (24/11/2018).

PCC juga mewakili 30 gereja anggota dan 9 Dewan Gereja Nasional menyerukan kepada gereja-gereja di Pasifik untuk menyisihkan waktu pada Minggu ke 2 bulan Desember tahun 2018 sebagai hari untuk mengingat saudara-saudara di West Papua dalam liturgi dan doa ibadah.

“Kami menyerukan kepada gereja-gereja di Pasifik untuk memakai pakaian berwarna merah dan hitam di setiap hari Rabu sebagai bentuk dukungan bagi kebebasan di West Papua.

Kami juga menyerukan kepada Indonesia untuk segera hentikan pengabaian secara terang-terangan terhadap penduduk asli West Papua yang jelas-jelas dalam situasi pelanggaran HAM. Terutama tindakan pelanggaran HAM yang sedang berlangsung dan upaya selanjutnya untuk memanipulasi penduduk Papua dengan migrasi yang secara paksa ke Papua.”

Rakyat Pasifik yang memberikan dukungan bagi West Papua. (Ist)

Selain itu, PCC menyerukan agar mengakhiri eksploitasi tanah adat di West Papua dan memberikan peluang pendidikan yang lebih besar kepada penduduk pribumi, termasuk kesempatan kerja bagi penduduk pribumi.

Selain itu, pihaknya juga menegaskan kembali dukungannya selama hampir setengah abad terakhir kepada gereja anggota PCC, Gereja Maohi Nui (French Polynesia-Tahiti) Protestan tentang masalah lingkungan yang terkontaminasi dengan manusia), degradasi sosial dan ekonomi di wilayah Maohi Nui sebagai akibat dari pengujian Nuklir Prancis.

“Kami menegaskan kembali resolusi 2011 dari Pemimpin Gereja Pasifik yang mendukung prasasti ulang wilayah Maohi Nui pada daftar wilayah non-otonom di PBB. Kami serukan kepada pelapor khusus Human Council PBB untuk melakukan misi pencarian fakta di wilayah Maohi Nui yang dibuat di Komite Keempat Majelis PBB Urusan Dekolonisasi Politik tahun ini.

Kami juga menegaskan kembali dukungan penuh kami terhadap klaim yang sedang berlangsung oleh Gereja Maohi Protestan kepada Dewan HAM PBB, terkait pelanggaran hak asasi manusia yang dilakukan terhadap rakyat Maohi Nui selama periode tiga puluh tahun pada saat uji coba Nuklir Prancis di Atol Morurua dan Fangataufa di Maohi Nui.”

 

Sumber (Suara Papua)

Academics have been urged to ensure that cultures of Pacific peoples are promoted within the education system.

Victoria University academic Kabini Sanga says scholars who attended the Oceania Comparative and International Education Society annual conference in Wellington this week can work together to achieve this.

Christine Rovoi has more.

Kabini Sanga at the OCIES (Oceania Comparative and International Education Society) annual conference in Wellington.
Kabini Sanga at the OCIES (Oceania Comparative and International Education Society) annual conference in Wellington. Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Tim Glasgow

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Vanuatu To Join INTERPOL
INTERPOL Notices are international requests for cooperation or alerts allowing police in its 192 member countries to share critical crime-related information. Notices are published by INTERPOL’s General Secretariat at the request of National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and authorized entities, and can be published in any of the Organization’s official languages. Source: INTERPOL HQ

Vanuatu has applied to join the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Ralph Regenvanu, revealed the application was made this week.

“The principle reason is “probity checks” being carried out by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) were proving to be deficient, particularly as concerns people applying to buy Vanuatu citizenship under the Development Support Program (DSP) and people applying to be nominated as Honorary Consuls,” Minister Regenvanu told Daily Post.

“The FIU was able to pick up financial irregularities but not non-financial irregularities, including past or potential criminal behaviour and associations.

“By joining INTERPOL, the FIU and our police will be able to access the international INTERPOL database as part of the probity check process, and for other purposes, which will provide much better information to vet persons concerned.”

In a letter to the INTERPOL Secretariat, Minister Regenvanu stated that the Vanuatu Government is strongly committed to protecting the security of its people and the sovereignty of its borders from the impacts of transnational crime.

The Minister advised that the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) is already a proud member of the Pacific Transnational Crime Network (PTCN), whose aim is to detect, investigate and disrupt transnational crime in the region.

“The Republic of Vanuatu’s acceptance as an INTERPOL member will further strengthen the VPF’s ability to cooperate with international law enforcement agencies in the combined effort to dismantle transnational and organised crime syndicates on a global scale,” Minister Regenvanu stated in the letter, on behalf of the Vanuatu Government to the INTERPOL Secretariat.

He said the Government of Vanuatu willingly assumes all obligations and responsibilities expected from the INTERPOL membership, and formally endorses the VPF to be the responsible body to perform all functions of an Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) within Vanuatu.

“I would therefore greatly appreciate of this application could be supported for consideration by the INTERPOL General Assembly at its earliest convenience,” he concluded.

The NCB would be accommodated within the National Intelligence Unit (NIU) under the Transnational Crime Unit (TCU) and will be responsible for all international cooperation, country-level coordination and liaison with other government departments within Vanuatu to fulfill all requirements of a NCB.

“Very briefly, it means that Vanuatu is plugged into a global policing network, which brings benefits and obligations mainly around exchange of information,” said Dr Tess Newton Cain, principal of TNC Pacific Consulting when she was contacted yesterday for her views on the implications, in particular what Vanuatu stands to gain and lose if it becomes a member.

Dr. Cain, who is an expert in Criminal Law added: “I imagine it would make Vanuatu look better from a Counter Terrorism Financing and Anti Money Laundering point of view. There could be a concern that our police resources get side tracked into dealing with INTERPOL requests”.

She noted that INTERPOL has a training and capacity building arm so Vanuatu may be able to benefit from that.

The INTERPOL Membership Application provides information on the country becoming an Independent State, its Territory and Population, the Government and its capacity to enter International Relations – Vanuatu is a member of 39 International Forums and Intergovernmental organisations.

It affirms that Vanuatu has closely studied and understands the INTERPOL Constitution, regulations and membership requirements under Article 2-7 and 31-33 and it pledges to uphold and respect all provisions of the INTERPOL Constitution, Regulations and Rules, including not limited to INTERPOL Rules on the Processing of Data, in order to effectively contribute to the INTERPOL law enforcement community in combating ordinary law crime.

INTERPOL enables police in its 192 member countries to work together to fight international crime, providing a range of policing expertise and capabilities.

It supports three main crime programmes: Counter-terrorism, Cybercrime, and Organized and emerging crime.

According to the INTERPOL website, Fiji and Nauru have been members since 1971, Papua New Guinea since 1976, Tonga since 1979, Samoa since 2009 and Solomon Islands since 2017.

 

Source (Daily Post)

Fossil fuel companies need to pick up the bill on climate change, Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister says.

Ralph Regenvanu
Ralph Regenvanu Photo: WikiCommons / Marke Lowen

Speaking at the Virtual Climate Summit on Thursday, Ralph Regenvanu said Vanuatu had benefited the least from fossil fuels, but been ravaged as a result of their emissions.

Mr Regenvanu said he was putting the fossil fuel industry and the states that sponsor it on notice.

“My government is now exploring all avenues to utilise the judicial system in various jurisdictions – including under international law – to shift the costs of climate protection back onto the fossil fuel companies, the financial institutions and the governments that actively and knowingly created this existential threat to my country.”

His comments echoed an urgent recommendation to tax carbon emissions from an October United Nations climate report which predicted disastrous consequences from global warming even at 1.5 degree celsius.

This is well below the current target of two degrees set by more than 200 countries signing the Paris Agreement in 2015.

The Marshall Islands is chairing the Climate Vulnerable Forum’s ‘Virtual Climate Summit.’

The Forum comprises the 48 countries most threatened by climate change.

Leaders from France, Canada, New Zealand and the Pacific are participating.

 

Source (Radi New Zealand)

NCD Residents Assured of Normalcy

MEDIA RELEASE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2018

NCD RESIDENTS ASSURED OF NORMALCY

PORT MORESBY: “Tomorrow its business as usual for us in Port Moresby as normalcy has been restored in the city” assured National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop.

He made this assurance after meeting the Members of the Security Force together with National Parliament Speaker Hon Job Pomat, Minister for Finance Hon James Marape, Minister for Police Hon. Jelta Wong, Minister for Agriculture Hon Benny Allan, Minister for Housing Hon John Kaupa and Minister for Immigration Hon Petrus Thomas this afternoon at Sir John Guise Stadium.

Government has agreed to settle the allowances as soon as possible and we all agreed to return to duties to restore calm and normalcy to the city with immediate effect!

Mr Parkop said the issue of allowances of security officers providing security during the APEC meeting, is being resolved by the National Government and all the relevant agencies.

He added that the public should go about their businesses as usual.

According to him, K10 million was released today and is being processed to be disbursed as soon as possible. This is a matter that is purely administrative.

Schools should return to normal, shops should open and offices and business should operate as normal instantly. There is no cause for concern or worry.

I call on everyone not to rely on rumours and fake news to cause an alarm and incite fear unnecessarily.

The event today is regrettable but it’s under control and there is no reason to be fearful any more.

APPROVED FOR RELEASE

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Honourable Powes Parkop, LLB, LLM, MP
Governor for National Capital District

Source: https://www.facebook.com/ncdparkop/