Strengthen market vendors to strengthen societyJun 1, 2015Litiana’s application for a stall inside the Labasa market has just been approved. She is having her own stall to sell yagona at Labasa municipal market and was so excited when she heard about a training for market vendors from her sister-in-law.
Continued learning allows for market business to expandMay 27, 2015Experiencing all sorts of ups and down in working at her stall in Suva municipal market for over 25 years, Shobna Verma has acquired skills and knowledge to carry out her poultry business.
Tonga Parliament takes tangible steps in fight against corruption May 21, 2015Members of the Parliament of Tonga took a great step forward in the fight against corruption in this Pacific Island nation by launching a local chapter of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption and later unanimously voting in Parliament to create a Standing Committee on Anti-Corruption.
Tonga national elections see increased participation by womenDec 16, 2014When 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.
Fiji’s Democracy: Why Fostering Constructive Discussion is Vital Now Oct 24, 2014This 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.
Guadalcanal Province gets automated weather station and rain gaugeMay 30, 2014The installation of an automated weather station and rain gauge in the villages of Avuavu and Marau Sound in the Guadalcanal Province will assist in gathering more accurate data on the unpredictable weather patterns in the provinces.
Koro Islands: leading in biofuel energyMay 1, 2014On the island of Koro, villagers are making use of the abundance of coconut trees and using their copra making skills to produce enough energy to light up their homes and power appliances all year long, making this rural community energy independent and saving on fossil fuel usage.
New farming method and demonstration plots developed in North Malaita to improve food securityJun 3, 2013Farmers from four communities in North Malaita now know the best method to plant on hillsides, prevent soil erosion and improve their yields. This has been made possible by the establishment of demonstration plots through a national project aimed at enhancing the resilience of local communities to adapt to climate change and ensure food security.
Two million dollar agreement for renewable energy in the PacificMay 6, 2013A major highlight of the opening session of a regional meeting relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Pacific was the signing of a two million dollar agreement.
Australia and UNDP committed to strengthening democratic governance in TongaApr 22, 2013The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has today signed an agreement with the Government of Tonga to support governance and promote democracy in Tonga.