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Sanitation Initiative in Kiribati

A total of 682 households with a population of 3,689 (Census 2010), residing in 12 villages are now open defecation free. Tabiteuea North is the sixth and latest Island in Kiribati to be declared open defecation free (ODF) – thanks to the initiatives of the “Kiriwatsan I Project” which is led by Ministry of Public Works and Utilities (MPWU) with technical support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and funded by the European Union (EU). Continue reading

Asia-Pacific nations at UN call for urgent global approach to mitigate climate change

Vete Sakaio, Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu. UN Photo/Devra BerkowitzAsia-Pacific countries, some of them threatened with extinction from rising sea levels, took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for an urgent global approach to mitigate climate change, voicing concern at the lack of progress so far. “Climate change is no longer an environmental or political issue,” Continue reading

Pacific Islands Forum to respond to climate change

A view inside the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland, New Zealand, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the forum. 06 September 2011 Auckland, New ZealandFor many countries the effects of climate change may not yet be obvious, but for the people in the Pacific Islands the threat is very real. “There are still some who believe that climate change is a distant threat but for us it is a present threat. It’s happening now and our people are being affected now,” said the Hon. Tessie Eria Lambourne, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration for the Government of Kiribati during a recent discussion at the 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