The second sitting of parliament for 2017 ended on a high on Tuesday with prime minister Henry Puna’s announcement that the government will provide a bus for schoolchildren on Mangaia.
Prime minister Henry Puna has rejected claims made by Rarotonga resident Papa Williams that the Cook Islands government is aspiring to graduate to developed country status for the purpose of gaining a seat at the United Nations as “nonsense”.
Small island developing states (SIDS) leaders, including Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna, have called upon the international community to assist in maximising the sustainable use of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors for the benefit of their countries.
Parliamentarians need to understand the Community Sustainable Development Plans (CSDP) of their respective constituencies in order to effectively measure and assess the performance of government’s climate change policies.
Finance minister Mark Brown and health minister Nandi Glassie will this week leave for Germany to attend the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23).