Reviving the coffee industry on Tanna IslandNov 13, 2015Coffee is one of the main sources of livelihood for the people of Tanna Island. Home to one of the Pacific’s few active volcanoes, Yasur, its rich soils, abundant sunshine and rainfall, makes Tanna one of the best places in the Pacific to grow coffee. But the events of 13 March, resulted in the destruction of this delicate plant, as Tropical Cyclone Pam swept across the archipelago.
Emergency employment gives hope to communities affected by Cyclone PamNov 12, 2015Lilly Tupas lives in the Etas area with her husband and son, and runs a small shop, which is located near the Buoffa Landfill on the outskirts of Port Vila, Vanuatu’s capital. During Tropical Cyclone Pam, her shop was destroyed and she lost everything. Months on she has since rebuilt and restocked her shop and is back in business.
Fallen trees to new homes for the people of Tanna IslandOct 20, 2015Christopher Nipo and his young family are slowly rebuilding after having suffered the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Pam in March 2015. They lost all their belongings when their home was blown away during the Cyclone, followed by a fire months later to their bush (outdoor) kitchen, which stored cement and the thatched roof for a new home.
Message from UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on the International Day for the Eradication of PovertyOct 17, 2015A few weeks ago, world leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), setting a bold new development agenda for the next 15 years.
Support to Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion for rural and urban Fijians for sustainable developmentOct 16, 2015The importance of building resilient social, economic and governance systems was highlighted as a key enabler for rural and urban Fijians to both contribute to and benefit from sustainable development by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the opening of the Fiji National Women’s Expo on 14 October.
Community Social Good Summit in Sigatoka focuses on the new Sustainable Development GoalsSep 28, 2015To raise awareness around the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, UN Women and the United Nations Development Programme in Fiji partnered with Sigatoka Town Council to hold the Community Social Good Summit featuring the Continuing Market Business Education for market vendors as part of the Markets for Change project.
Global Goals for Sustainable Development a Roadmap to Pacific ProsperitySep 26, 2015Today is one for the history books. On this day, 193 world leaders, including all Pacific leaders, have committed to pursue 17 Global Goals, intended to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty; fight inequality and injustice; address climate change.
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark Statement on the Adoption of the Sustainable Development GoalsSep 26, 2015I welcome this momentous decision by Member States to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals which will guide development for the next fifteen years, offering a chance to meet the global citizenry's aspirations for a more peaceful and prosperous, and sustainable future.
Tonga to celebrate International Day of Democracy - Making Space for WomenSep 10, 2015Tonga citizens will gather on 15 September, 2015 to recognize the International Day of Democracy in a day-long workshop of discussions, presentations, and breakout groups focused on ‘Making Space for Women’ in the country’s democratic institutions, particularly in local representative positions.
Vanuatu │ Aniwa Cooperative reopens to the community and business is boomingSep 1, 2015There is a flurry of activity outside the newly renovated Mama’s Cooperative on Aniwa Island in Vanuatu’s Tafea Province. Three months after Tropical Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu, the women of Aniwa have taken over the operations of the local cooperative, the first shipment food and household items received, stocked, priced and on sale.