‘Eua Island, 26 September 2016 – More than 20 farmers from ‘Eua Island in Tonga recently graduated from a new Farmer Field School – the first in the Pacific to teach young farmers how to grow and sell more food with certified training.
Spending an entire season together, with the field as their classroom, participants exchanged knowledge and expertise while being provided with the tools they needed to analyse and identify ways to improve their farming techniques. Each graduate earned a certificate in horticulture, recognized by the Tonga Qualification and Accreditation Board.
Lautoka, Fiji – Twenty legal, trade and health department representatives from across the Pacific are in Fiji this week to examine the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) burden in the region and the role of the law in preventing and controlling NCDs, particularly in the context of developing coherence between health, trade and investment laws, policies and sectors.
The Law, NCD, Trade and Sustainable Development workshop, a first for the region, is jointly organized by the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji, World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Pacific Community (SPC) with support from the Government of Australia.
Heart disease, cancers, lung disease and diabetes are the leading causes of death in the Pacific region with most Pacific Islands countries losing their productive citizens to NCDs.
This paper examines the gender dimensions and implications of social protection in relation to rapid transformations in the globalizing economies in the Pacific region. The paper analyzes the dynamics of gender and social protection in three countries of the region – Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu – and explores how best to approach social protection so as to promote gender equality rather than risk reinscribing prevailing gender inequalities. Continue reading →
A Workshop on the Ratification and Implementation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Convention was held from 2 – 6 November 2015 in Sydney, Australia. It was organized by the International Training Centre for ICH in the Asia-Pacific Region under the Auspices of UNESCO (CRIHAP), Category II Centre focusing on the ICH capacity building, based in Beijing. Continue reading →
Over the next week, the Pacific will mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations with celebrations across the region. “The seven decades since the founding of the United Nations have seen tremendous change across its 193 member states. UN Day tomorrow (24 October) is an opportunity to reflect on the development gains made in the Pacific over the decades and the strong relationships that have made them possible,” United Nations Resident Coordinator in Fiji, Osnat Lubrani said. Continue reading →
Over 100 youth from around Nuku’alofa, gathered on August 12 to celebrate International Youth Day in the country’s capital with a day-long activities, including panel discussions on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), art activities, and a visit to Parliament. In Tonga, youth make up an increasingly large proportion of the population. According to the 2011 Census, Continue reading →
Over 30 journalists from Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu recently participated in a two-day workshop on the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Awareness Training for Pacific Media in Tonga. The training provided insights into the Convention and the work of the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project. In doing so, the training aimed to build the capacity of selected journalists to prevent, detect and investigate cases of corruption through greater awareness of UNCAC and the media’s role as a non-state actor. Continue reading →
Tonga is working to enhance the protection of vulnerable community members in Ha’apai with new Community Protection Committees. Plans to establish the committees were prioritised by the Ministry of Internal Affairs following an assessment of Ha’apai after Tropical Cyclone Ian, which found more vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities, the elderly, women and children often Continue reading →
Milkfish will soon be reared in a commercially viable and environment-friendly way in Tonga. The FAO assisted joint- project to rear milkfish aims to develop a sustainable source of food and income for island communities. The communities have been involved in steps of the process and received training in the operation of the farm as well as in business management. Fisheries staff from the Government of Tonga visited the Philippines as part of a study tour to gain essential knowledge and skills. Continue reading →
Tanoliu community in the North West Area Council of Shefa Province is attracting Pacific-wide interest in its new Knowledge Hub demonstration crop for farmers to share skills and ideas. Knowledge Hubs are already being developed in Vanuatu’s Tafea Province, and in other Pacific Island countries including Fiji, Solomon Islands and Continue reading →