10 Pacific Island Journalists Invited to Cover COP23

Winners of Media Competition Announced

As the result of a journalism competition that concluded this week, ten journalists from the Pacific island region have been chosen to travel to and report from this year’s UN climate conference taking place in Bonn, Germany (COP23, 6 – 17 November).

The ten outstanding journalists from print, on-line and radio/TV will receive sponsored participation in the conference, media training at the prestigious DW Akademie and access to UN and other experts.

The Pacific island journalism competition reflects the important role the small island developing State of Fiji will be playing at the 23rd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – the official title of the conference.

Fiji will be presiding over COP23 and the Fijian Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, will undertake the key role of COP President on behalf of all countries attending.

The competition was generously funded by the German Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The 10 participants were selected by a judging committee consisting of two members of the UNFCCC; two from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs communications branch; and two independent judges representing the Fijian COP23 Presidency. Their decision of the jury is final.

The jury selected six winners from print and online, two from radio and two from TV.

The winners are:

Print and Online

  • Ofani Eremae (Solomon Star, Solomon Islands)
  • Iliesa Tora (The Nuku’alofa Times, Tonga)
  • Lani Wendt Young (Samoa Planet, Samoa)
  • Jared Koli (The Island Sun, Solomon Islands)
  • Lice Movono (The Fiji Times, Fiji)
  • Anita Roberts (Vanuatu Daily Post, Vanuatu)


  • Mereoni Mili (Wansolwara – University of the South Pacific, Fiji)
  • Georgina Kekea (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, Solomon Islands)


  • Elenoa Turagaiviu (FBC News, Fiji)
  • Florence Jonduo (EMTV, Papua New Guinea)

More information can be found on the relevant DW Akademie web page here.

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