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.
Remarks by the UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Haoliang Xu
Bula vinaka and a very good afternoon to you all. I am delighted to be here to join you all in this momentous occasion and celebration of the opening of the newly established UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji. We are especially pleased to open this new office this year, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of UNDP.
The office started operations in Fiji in April 2016 and is a consolidation of the former UNDP Fiji Multi-Country Office and Pacific Center into one office. The establishment of the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji is aimed at ensuring that UNDP in the Pacific is ‘fit for purpose’ and ready to take on a new level of collaboration and partnership with the people and Governments of the Pacific to deliver on the Small Island States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other Pacific related development agendas.
The United Nations launches today a humanitarian appeal requesting an unprecedented US$21.6 billion to meet the needs of 95.4 million people across 40 countries. This represents an increase of $1.5 billion since the launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview in December, reflecting new funding requirements including in Burundi, Fiji, Ecuador and Zimbabwe.
So far, the UN’s global appeal has received $5.5 billion, leaving a staggering 75% funding gap. This shortfall, which is occurring one month after the World Humanitarian Summit concluded in Istanbul, is jeopardizing critical humanitarian operations in crises such as Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic, Myanmar and the Lake Chad Basin.
Without additional donor support, millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance risk being left behind without adequate access to shelter, medical care and protection. Latest updates on funding requirements at unocha.org/stateofaid.
The United Nations General Assembly today elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji, as President of its upcoming 71st session. Mr. Thomson, who will replace current General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft, will begin his tenure in September at the commencement of the 71st General Assembly session. Continue reading →
What seemed like a routine visit to the maternal and child clinic for some 25 pregnant women quickly turned into an informative session on Zika virus. As soon as leaflets arrived at the Sigatoka hospital on Friday morning, nurses wasted no time in picking up copies and explaining the importance of prevention of the Zika virus to the group. Continue reading →
The United Nations Human Rights Office for the Pacific on Friday welcomed Fiji’s ratification of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). On 14 March, Fiji became the 159th State to ratify the Convention which was adopted by the General Assembly on 10 December 1984. Continue reading →
Responding to the Fiji Government’s call for strengthened support from the private sector and with support of the European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) has facilitated an innovative partnership between the Ministry of Agriculture and Fiji’s telecommunications companies to use text messaging service to inform mobile phone users in affected areas. Continue reading →
More than a week has passed since Tropical Cyclone Winston ripped through Fiji, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. The latest data indicates that an estimated 347,000 people (40% of the country’s total population), including 120,000 children, are directly impacted by the second-strongest storm to ever make landfall (second only to Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines). Continue reading →