Funafuti, 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.
Funafuti, 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.” 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 →
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 →
Newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) are currently undergoing a week-long Induction Seminar in the country’s capital, Funafuti. The induction seminar is aimed at enabling MPs to better understand and more effectively perform their roles as MPs. 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 →
The WHSregional 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 →
In 2015 the United Nations is looking for highly qualified candidates in the fields of Administration, Finance, Statistics, Public Information, Public Information, Social Affairs, and Legal Affairs who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination. Continue reading →
UNICEF is dispatching emergency life-saving supplies to communities in cyclone-affected Tuvalu. The archipelago nation comprising of nine islands with about 11,000 people has declared a state of emergency, following tidal surges caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam. While continuing our focus on the hardest hit island of Vanuatu, UNICEF remains committed to providing support and assistance to affected communities throughout the region. Presently, there are around 89 UNICEF staff spread across Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and more people are on their way to help with the emergency. Continue reading →
Tuvalu’s record on women’s rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Friday 20 February in meetings that will be webcast live. Tuvalu is one of the 188 States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and so is required to submit regular reports to the Committee of 23 independent experts on how it is implementing the Convention. Continue reading →