Vanuatu’s newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) today started a three day induction programme aimed at enabling them to better understand and more effectively perform their roles as parliamentarians.
For one of the world’s smallest countries, beset by many challenges, Nauru has been congratulated for releasing its first Nauru Progress Report 1990-2011. The report documents the progress made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), highlighting Nauru’s achievements in universal basic education, reducing maternal mortality, providing universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS, halting and reversing the spread of tuberculosis, providing access to essential drugs, and making the benefits of new technology more accessible to all.
As the three-day Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Acceleration Framework Pacific Methodological Workshop came to an end yesterday, participants were reminded there is much more work to be done.
Unless focused action is taken, many of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets are expected to be missed in the Pacific by 2015.
Two student teams from the University of the South Pacific (USP) yesterday debated on whether human rights and culture should be integrated in the post 2015 development agenda.
“I urge participants to absorb as much as you can from the cash for work programme, as it would fabricate your capability, your capacity and resilience towards disaster,” said Divisional Planning Office Western, Luke Moroivalu.
Let’s not wait for a disaster to strike, let’s prepare now! Recovery plans should be made by governments before disasters strike and focus on building resilience. This is one of the key outcomes of a three day workshop on disaster recovery training.
Parliamentarians in Kiribati have agreed to have a clearly defined procedure so that members understand the process for addressing issues concerning Parliamentary powers, privileges and immunities.
More than 850 women and men will be employed for next two weeks as part of a livelihoods recovery project.
Will effective management of water resources in the Pacific form part of the region’s response to climate change? Have the needs of girls and women been adequately met through a regional project on water resource management? Are the results of the project translating into policy?
As a major and concrete legacy of the Rio+20 Conference, the Brazilian Government announced the creation of Rio+ Centre, the World Centre for Sustainable Development, at a ceremony this morning attended by Izabella Teixeira, Brazil’s Minister for the Environment and Helen Clark, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a new publication today on the risks from climate change on Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs). The volume entitled, “Frontline Observations on Climate Change and the Sustainability of Large Marine Ecosystems” finds that climate change is threatening the livelihoods of billions of people, who are dependent on the $12 trillion generated annually from the LMEs.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today a video spot “The Future We Want” which uses voices of Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, French actor Lambert Wilson, Brazilian football star Marta Vieira da Silva and Italian actress Laura Morante, to explain what sustainable development is to mainstream audiences.
World renowned Spanish actor and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas today launched a public service announcement aiming at inviting people to join the global conversation alongside the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development “Rio+20”.
Pacific Islanders will now have a greater voice in climate change decision making and a more direct input in adapting their communities to climate change using a combination of traditional knowledge and technology.
A recent survey conducted by marine specialists shows that certain sub species of the dolphin population in the Solomon Islands is under threat. A two-day workshop that started in Honiara today will discuss the findings of this survey and use it to develop a national management plan.
The voices of the people from the Pacific must be reflected strongly in the post Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda, the United Nations Assistant Secretary General and UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Regional Director Asia Pacific, Dr Ajay Chhibber said.
Significant changes can be seen in the flood affected Vaileka town surroundings and some villages, three weeks after the special cash-for-work programme provided to more than 350 men and women in Rakiraki.
Parliamentarians in Kiribati are set to seek amendments to increase powers for an important committee that scrutinises public spending.
For the first time since achieving independence in 1994, citizens of Palau can formally participate in the national government budgeting process.