Tropical Cyclone Pam swept through the archipelago of Vanuatu on 13 March 2015, wiping out homes and infrastructure, destroying the electricity network and razing crops in the mainly agricultural country. The Humanitarian Coordinator for Vanuatu, Ms Osnat Lubrani, visited Tafea Province on Saturday to see the effect of the cyclone on a vulnerable population.
It is my great privilege to join the Government of Vanuatu in launching the humanitarian response Flash Appeal for Vanuatu, in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam.
The Vanuatu government, along with the UN and other development partners, launched a Flash Appeal today for financial aid to help people and communities devastated by Cyclone Pam.
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced work a new 10-year global programme in support of country efforts to reduce the risk of disasters.
Representatives from the Solomon Islands Government, UN agencies and civil society organizations gathered in Honiara on Wednesday March 11 to celebrate the official launch of the first phase of the UN-Solomon Islands Government Joint Programme on Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls (Joint Programme).
It is my great pleasure to warmly welcome all of you on behalf of UN Local Team in Solomon Islands to the official launch of the “Keeping the Promise in Solomon Islands: From Policy to Action”, which is a joint initiative to be implemented by UN Women and UNFPA and Solomon Islands Government in partnership with UNDP, WHO, UNICEF and ILO and other stakeholders. This joint initiative is activated by financial support extended by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women in New York.
More than 90 women market vendors in Rakiraki and 25 in Tavua celebrated International Women’s Day, and renewed their knowledge and skills of financial management for their market business through the training sessions, Financial First Steps.
Honored to be here with you today to mark the launch of this important training, the first session of the Continuing Market Business Education as part of the Markets 4 Change project.
This week, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which remains the world’s best blueprint for achieving gender equality and empowering women.
The Fiji Parliament Speaker, Honourable Dr Jiko Luveni, will next week lead a delegation from the Fiji Parliament to the UK.
When Tonga went to the polls last month to elect new Members of Parliament, 16 women candidates representing different constituencies, took up the challenge alongside 90 men to contest for the 17 seats set aside for the People’s Representatives in Parliament.
As the international community commemorated Human Rights Day and the end of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, women market vendors based at the Suva municipal market are playing their part by participating in the ‘Orange the Market’ campaign, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with UN Women and supported by the Suva City Council.
Violence against women and girls appears all too often in headlines across the world. But along with the cases that make the news are many thousands of other incidents occurring every day, on every continent, and in every country.
Market vendors in the Pacific have traded for many years and learnt business skills by trial and error, and have limited opportunity to strengthen their businesses through better financial education, progressive business skills and practices, timely information and access to financial services.
This year, United Nations (UN) Day will be particularly memorable for me. It will mark almost one year since I took up my role as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative here and almost one month since the world celebrated Fiji’s return to democracy.
More market vendors across the country in Suva, Nausori, Sigatoka, Nadi, Namaka, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki, and Labasa, will now have the opportunity to be trained in financial literacy and business education training, following an agreement signed between Westpac Banking Corporation (Fiji) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Members of the Parliament of Fiji will today continue their induction programme with a focus on the role of MPs in buildings consensus and the outreach and representation role of Parliament and Members of Parliament.
Members of the Fiji Parliament will today start an induction programme to look at key issues of how the legislative process will work in the Parliament and which mechanisms will be available to MPs to provide oversight and hold the Government to account.