Tag Archives: Marshall Islands

Medium-Term Expenditure Planning for National Sustainable Development

Analysts and budget planning officers from the Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau and Samoa came together in Nadi, Fiji last week to enhance medium-term expenditure planning as a tool for achieving national sustainable development. Continue reading

Flags of the Holy See and Palestine to fly at UN Headquarters

Amidst heated debates about the political value of symbolic gestures, the General Assembly today adopted five resolutions on a wide range of topics, including the raising of flags by non-member observer States at the United Nations and debt restructuring. Continue reading

World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation for the Pacific, Auckland, New Zealand

World Humanitarian Summit pictureThe WHS regional Consultation for the Pacific was held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 30 June to 2 July 2015. It was hosted by the Government of New Zealand and co-chaired by the Governments of Australia and New Zealand along with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). In the spirit of the summit’s multi-stakeholder approach, the meeting brought together more than 140 participants from Continue reading

Tonga Climate Finance and Risk Governance Assessment underway

UNDP TongaA national Climate Finance and Risk Governance (CFRG) Assessment is being undertaken by Tonga’s Ministry of Finance and National Planning. The study assesses Tonga’s national plans and policies on climate change and disaster risk reduction, funding sources, expenditure and public financial management, institutional coordination, human capacity, development effectiveness, and gender and social inclusiveness.  Continue reading

Asia-Pacific Weekly Humanitarian Snapshot

The OCHA Asia-Pacific Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot for 4-10 March focuses on flooding in Papua New Guinea, king tides affecting the Marshall Islands and Kiribati, Tropical Cyclone Lusi in Vanuatu, the dengue fever outbreak in Fiji and the Tropical Storm Gillian in Australia.  Continue reading

Small island States call to take action on climate change

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, addresses a high-level breakfast on raising visibility towards the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States. 25 September 2013 United Nations, New York Photo # 562756For the second day in a row, leaders of the world’s small island States took the podium at the United Nations General Assembly to call for urgent international action to mitigate the effects of climate change, which threatens some of them with extinction because of rising seas. Continue reading

Ban Ki-Moon’s message to the 44th Pacific Islands Forum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets local kids in Tebikenikora, a village on Tarawa atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati.   Mr. Ban met with villagers to hear their concerns about the effects of climate change in this low-lying area. 05 September 2011 Tebikenikora, KiribatiI thank President Christopher Loeak of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum for this opportunity to convey my best wishes to the 44th meeting of your important regional group. I commend all the leaders for your focus on “Marshalling the Pacific Response to the Climate Challenge”.  The Pacific Islands region was Continue reading

Pacific Islands Forum to respond to climate change

A view inside the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland, New Zealand, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the forum. 06 September 2011 Auckland, New ZealandFor many countries the effects of climate change may not yet be obvious, but for the people in the Pacific Islands the threat is very real. “There are still some who believe that climate change is a distant threat but for us it is a present threat. It’s happening now and our people are being affected now,” said the Hon. Tessie Eria Lambourne, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration for the Government of Kiribati during a recent discussion at the Continue reading

UN Gears Up to Fight Corruption in the Pacific

A view of mangrove shoots planted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and others on Tarawa, an atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati.   Mr. Ban made an official visit to the area to discuss local people’s concerns about the effects of climate change on this low-lying land. 05 September 2011 Tarawa, KiribatiThe impact of corruption and the challenge of fighting corruption are well known to citizens and observers of the Pacific. In recognizing the importance of fighting corruption, the United Nations has commenced a 4 year USD4.3 million Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project. The Project, funded by the Australian Agency for Continue reading

More must be done to prepare pacific islands for droughts

Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Photo: UNESCO/Ron Van OersWith thousands of people in the Marshall Islands without access to safe drinking water, the head of the United Nations office for disaster risk reduction today warned that Pacific small islands are threatened by drought and need to incorporate mitigation measures into their national planning and risk assessments. Continue reading