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Adapting to climate change in Tuvalu

A PROJECT TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE IN TUVALU IS HELPING ISLANDERS PLANT DROUGHT-TOLERANT CROPS AND CULTIVATE HOME GARDENS. (PHOTO: UNDP FIJI MULTI-COUNTRY OFFICE)Every time my Air Pacific flight approaches Tuvalu – an atoll nation consisting of nine inhabited islands – and I look through the window down at the narrow strips of land, my mind wanders back in time to the first Polynesian people who embarked on a long voyage more than 2,000 years ago. I don’t know what drove them to endure the hardship of Continue reading

Pacific representatives meet to develop campaigns to address violence against women

One Billion Rising March Suva, Fiji-V Day, 14 February 2013Twenty-six representatives from government as well as non-governmental organisations in six Pacific Island countries are in Suva this week for a five-day regional workshop to develop concrete action plans to address high rates of violence against women in the region. The workshop organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Regional 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

Australia and ILO announce new programme of training support in Timor-Leste

A woman from Pune, Timor-Leste, collects water for her home. 11 August 2011 Pune, Timor-LesteThe Training and Employment Support Program (TESP) is a $12.2m, two year program of support that focuses on providing Timorese with the skills they need to find jobs. TESP is implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO), and focuses on ensuring all Timorese have access to a quality training system that provides Continue reading