Tag Archives: Nauru

Medium-Term Expenditure Planning for National Sustainable Development

Analysts and budget planning officers from the Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau and Samoa came together in Nadi, Fiji last week to enhance medium-term expenditure planning as a tool for achieving national sustainable development. Continue reading

Nauru submits first report to the UN committee on the Rights of the Child

UNICEF Pacific welcomes The Government of the Republic of Nauru’s first report submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on 27 October 2015.  The Government of Nauru reports to the Committee as part of its obligations as a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), ratified by the Government in 1994.  Continue reading

Pacific celebrates 70 years of the United Nations

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

UNHCR welcomes change in Nauru’s detention policy

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees welcomes Nauru’s decision to end the detention of asylum-seekers and to clear pending asylum claims promptly.

On Monday, the Government of Nauru announced that, effective immediately, its Regional Processing Centre hosting asylum-seekers would become an “open centre” 24 hours a day and that all asylum-seekers would be free to move around the island. The Government also committed to processing some 600 pending asylum applications in the next week, and to enhancing support for the local integration of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country Continue reading

World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation for the Pacific, Auckland, New Zealand

World Humanitarian Summit pictureThe WHS regional 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

UN torture prevention body urges Nauru to set up detention monitoring mechanism

The UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) has ended its first visit to Nauru, which focused on the situation of people being detained on the island and the need to establish an independent body to monitor places of detention. During their three-day visit, the SPT delegation visited Nauru’s police station and prison, as well as the Regional Processing Center (RPC) for asylum-seekers, a large facility comprising three separate units housing men, women and families with children who have been attempting to reach Australia. Continue reading

Protection of the rights of children who may be transferred from Nauru to Cambodia

UNICEF is concerned by reports of a decision by the Governments of Australia and Cambodia to start transferring refugees currently in an Australian-funded processing centre in Nauru to Cambodia for settlement. According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Australia and Cambodia are both parties, the rights of children are paramount and must be guaranteed in every situation. Article 3 of the CRC obliges States to ensure that in all actions concerning children, the best interests of the child are a primary consideration. Continue reading

Tonga Climate Finance and Risk Governance Assessment underway

UNDP TongaA national Climate Finance and Risk Governance (CFRG) Assessment is being undertaken by Tonga’s Ministry of Finance and National Planning. The study assesses Tonga’s national plans and policies on climate change and disaster risk reduction, funding sources, expenditure and public financial management, institutional coordination, human capacity, development effectiveness, and gender and social inclusiveness.  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