Parliamentary Clerks from three Pacific Island nations gathered recently to discuss experiences and share lessons learned from working in the Legislative Assemblies of Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Tonga.
Cyclone Pam affected communities in Port Vila have started clearing rubble and household waste this week, earning much needed income to get back on track after the disaster.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governments of Fiji and of Japan today launched the Fiji REACH Project to support the Fijian Government’s push to improve service delivery to disadvantaged populations, particularly for women, youth, minorities and communities in rural and urban informal settlements.
Stakeholders in the energy sector have gathered in Fiji for a national Renewable Energy Investment Forum. The Forum will provide an opportunity to present new supporting conditions in Fiji for investing in renewable energy and engage with existing and potential independent power producers.
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.