The remarkable progress in human development over recent decades cannot continue without bold global steps to reduce environmental risks and inequality argues the 2011 Human Development Report (HDR).
Despite impressive human development rankings in some of the Pacific Island countries, the region faces a future of rising sea-levels, reduced fresh water sources, and diminishing fish stocks.
Nouméa, New Caledonia.
Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the United Nations Development Programme continue to provide coordinated assistance for much-needed water to the drought-stricken people of Tuvalu.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism is leading efforts by the Government of Vanuatu towards capitalizing benefits for the country from its participation in the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-related Technical assistance for Least Developed Countries (EIF).
The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is on track to achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on universal primary education (MDG 2), ensuring environmental sustainability (MDG 7), and strengthened global partnership for development by 2015 (MDG 8).
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was briefed on the Pacific’s first Adaptation Fund project during his visit to the Solomon Islands.
Tuvalu is on track to achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on universal primary education (MDG 2), reduction in child and maternal mortality (MDGs 4 and 5), and strengthened global partnership for development by 2015 (MDG 8).
On 12 July 2011, Vanuatu acceded to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), becoming the fourth Pacific island country to become a State party to this ground-breaking international treaty.
The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) organized an Inception Workshop to launch the implementation of a new climate change adaptation project, “Enhancing resilience of communities to the adverse effects of climate change in agriculture and food security” last week.
The last six years, Solomon Islands did better in providing primary education for all and in reducing children’s and mothers’ deaths at or around childbirth.
Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Youth are not just the future, but are very much a part of the present, and because of this Pacific leaders should pay greater attention to the concerns of young people.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is expanding its reach in the Pacific with the establishment of an office in the Kingdom of Tonga.
The Office of the Speaker, in collaboration with the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), today launched a two-day FSM Congress Orientation Seminar for the elected members of the Seventeenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia.
Would climate change still be a priority if there were no funds available? The availability of climate funds should not dictate the development agenda of Pacific Island countries. Instead, their national priorities should identify the development path they want to take.
At first glance there is little in common between Tonga and Bhutan. One is a Pacific Island nation of about 110,000 people, while the other is an eastern Himalayan nation of about 708, 000 people.
The next generation of children in Fiji will be equipped with skills to better handle spending, saving and investing money throughout their lives.
At the beginning of this year I visited the Ekipe village in Vanuatu to meet with rural women, men and children. UNDP has helped this community to establish regular access to sources of fresh water, helping the villagers to deal with the problem of increased water salinity due to the rising sea levels.