22 Jul 2019

Dateline Pacific for 22 July 2019

From , 5:05 am on 22 July 2019

The head of UNICEF in PNG says the 2018 earthquake and the polio crisis have led to a greater presence of the UN in the Highlands region after decades of under resourcing; swimming with the whales tourism in northern Tonga is disturbing the natural behaviour of nursing Humpbacks who are there to give birth, bond and nurse; an aid group says at least 139 people have died in displacement camps in the troubled highlands of Indonesia's West Papua; French Polynesia's pro-independence movement hopes for UN visit to follow up decolonisation mandate; twenty three tourism operators from seven Pacific countries recently returned from a ten day trip to China for training as part of the China Pacific Tourism Year under the China Belt & Road initiative.