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Note to Correspondents: Meeting Between Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum and the United Nations Secretary-General

12 October 2016

On 23 September 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Pacific Island Forum leaders and the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum.

President Peter Christian of the Federated States of Micronesia outlined the outcomes of the 47th Summit of the Pacific Islands Forum held in Micronesia from 7 to 11 September. He highlighted the discussion on the sustainable development, management and conservation of the oceans and its resources, human rights, the welfare of Small Island Developing States in combating climate change and the many challenges that the Pacific region faces.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked the leaders for their intention to boost the partnership between the Pacific and the United Nations. He emphasized the role of the Pacific in forging agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Transnational organized crime is undermining security and governance in the Pacific: United Nations report

Press Release
French Polynesia, 21 September 2016  –  The Pacific is increasingly vulnerable to exploitation by transnational organized crime, law enforcement agencies in the region are largely unable to manage territorial borders, and governments and regional organizations are struggling to address the situation, according to a comprehensive report launched today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  Titled “Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) in the Pacific: A Threat Assessment”, it is the first UN report to examine major illicit trafficking flows and issues in the region following Security Council calls to address security threats to fragile small island states in 2015.

Developed in close partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the report draws together information and cases from the Pacific, with supplementary information from neighbouring East and South-East Asia and the Americas, to assess illicit flows impacting the region. Four major transnational organized crime types are covered in the report: drug and chemical precursor trafficking, human trafficking and migrant smuggling, environmental crime, and trafficking of small arms.

Press Release: UN Opens New Office Space In Honiara


September 21, 2016 (Honiara, Solomon Islands)

The new United Nations Joint Presence Office (UN JPO) space has been officially launched in the Solomon Islands capital Honiara this morning on Wednesday 21 September.

The Acting Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Honourable Manasseh Maelangah was the Chief guest to officially open the UN JPO, located at the ANZ Building in Ranadi, together with Ms. Osnat Lubrani, UN Resident Coordinator responsible for the Pacific nations including Solomon Islands.

Tuvalu Parliament Hosts Women’s Practice Parliament

21 September 2016

UNDP Practice Parliament for Women in Tuvalu_Image1Funafuti, Tuvalu: Seventeen women from a diverse range of backgrounds gathered on this week for the start of Tuvalu’s second “Women’s Practice Parliament”.

Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Maatia Toafa, in his opening remarks spoke on the importance of carving out a space for women in politics. He confirmed the government of Tuvalu’s commitment to gender equality, noting that, while great improvements had been made in sensitizing Tuvalu’s laws and policies, more must be done to get women into decision-making positions.

Regional Representative for the Office of the High Commissioner Visits Canberra

On the 14 September the Regional Representative for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Dr Chitra Massey traveled to Canberra at the beginning of her mission to Australia.
 
During her visit to the Capital UNIC Canberra arranged a diplomatic briefing during which Dr Massey spoke about human rights challenges across the Pacific. 
 
She spoke about a recent visit to the Nauru detention centre in mid-August, describing the negative effects of incarceration on the detainees, particularly on children. Asked to elaborate further, she said her office had noted cases of rape, robbing and brutality in the centre and the systemic self- harming practices including by children as young as six.
For the Regional Representatives audio interview on Nauru please go to: http://bit.ly/2cy1KN5

UN Environment and Partners Advance Developing Countries’ Readiness to Access Climate Finance

Bangkok, 30 August 2016 – Countries at risk from a rise in global temperatures met last week in Mumbai, India for a training workshop that has helped increase their readiness to access finance through the Adaptation Fund set up under the United Nations climate convention to help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change.

The 23-25 August 2016 Access to Adaptation Finance Seminar brought together 21 aspiring and Adaptation Fund accredited National Implementing Entities from Asia-Pacific and East European countries to share best practices and lessons learned on accreditation and project development.

The training, co-hosted by the Fund, United Nations Environment Regional Office for Asia and Pacific, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development of India and Climate Action Network South Asia, aimed to increase the number of accredited entities in the region, providing more Asia-Pacific countries the opportunity to build climate resilience and adaptive capacity through the Fund’s pioneering Direct Access modality. This allows developing countries to access climate finance, strengthen local adaptation capacity and build on national expertise directly through accredited National Implementing Entities.

Call for Media Applications: Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2016 “Living Under 2oC”

17-19 October 2016  – Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Asia Pacific region is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Increasing frequency and severity of weather events – floods, droughts, cyclones and  tropical storms – as well as sea level rise threaten food, water and energy security and are undermining hard gained progress. While per capita emissions remain low, the region produces nearly half of global greenhouse gas emissions due partly to energy systems that remain reliant on fossil fuels and inefficiencies in the transport, buildings, agricultural and other sectors. In short, failure to address the challenge of climate change will have serious economic, social and environmental consequences for the region. Extreme weather events, which have increased in frequency and intensity in the region, account for hundreds of billions of dollars in loss and damages. It is expected that by 2050, the number of people vulnerable to the effects of climate change will reach two billion with countries on the frontline of climate change, particularly coastal and Small Island Developing nations paying a heavy price. Adaptation to climate change is critical for these countries and countries in the region to survive and thrive.

The Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum is a biennial forum of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network and the largest gathering of adaptation practitioners in the Asia Pacific region. It will bring some 800 participants, including policymakers, experts, scientists, donors, youth, and civil society representatives from over 50 countries to showcase solutions and innovative ideas and practices to adapt to climate change. It will also cover topics such as tools to reduce vulnerability, ways to integrate climate adaptation into national planning and budgeting, innovative financial mechanisms and climate-smart technologies and application. A field trip is also planned.

To raise awareness about adaptation and actions taken in the region, UNEP is sponsoring a limited number of journalists to join this Forum. Selected media will get an opportunity to meet with officials, adaptation experts and practitioners and hear first-hand experiences and solutions from countries and organizations in the region.  Travel and daily subsistence allowing according to UN rules will provided by UNEP.

UN Forum in Bangkok Calls For Joint Action to Improve Statistics For Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

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26 August, 2016

Bangkok (ESCAP News) — Asia-Pacific policymakers and statisticians convened at a United Nations conference in Bangkok this week to improve statistics for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires governments to develop statistics that can support integrated planning and analysis across economic, social and environmental development pillars. Meeting this new challenge requires transformative change in national statistical systems – the region’s traditional producers of official statistics.

In response, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) organized a three-day conference from 24 to 26 August, to outline the region’s aspirations in a collective vision and framework for action aimed at advancing official statistics for the 2030 Agenda.

UNICEF PACIFIC WELCOMES SHELDON YETT AS NEW REPRESENTATIVE, AND BIDS FAREWELL TO DR KAREN ALLEN

Image 2 Outgoing UNICEF Pacific Representative Dr Karen Allen with newly apointed Representative Mr Sheldon Yett

(L-R): Outgoing UNICEF Pacific Representative Dr Karen Allen with newly appointed Representative Mr Sheldon Yett in Suva. (Photo credit: UNICEF Pacific/2016/Hing)

SUVA, FIJI. 26 August 2016 UNICEF is pleased to announce the arrival of Mr. Sheldon Yett as the new UNICEF Pacific Representative, replacing Dr. Karen Allen.

Mr. Yett, is the new accredited Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund to the Pacific island countries of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Mr. Yett presented his credentials this morning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Ravindran Nair. In the coming months, Mr. Yett will be travelling to other countries in the Pacific region to present his credentials and meet staff and partners.

Tuvalu Uses Ridge-to-reef Approach to Sustain Livelihoods

Aug 25, 2016

cq5dam.web.540.390Funafuti, Tuvalu: Coastal fishery stocks have sustained island communities for generations in Tuvalu but is under increasing pressure due to the impacts of climate change and unsustainable fishing practices.

An assessment conducted by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Tuvalu Department of Fishery in 2013, found that important fish species and sea cucumbers in Funafuti waters had decreased. About 83% of respondents claimed they felt their catches had decreased compared to five years ago and 67% of respondents claimed sizes of fish had decrease compared to five years ago.

Semese Alefaio, a fisherman of over 30 years said, “There’s been a distinctive reduction in the availability of fish, turtles and clams over the years. Nowadays, we have to go further out to sea and spend more time to fetch a decent catch.”
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