I want to express my very deep solidarity and admiration in relation to the people and the government of Tuvalu.
You are on the frontline of the war on climate change because climate change is striking in Tuvalu in a more dramatic way than anywhere else in the world.
I have enormous admiration for how you have decided to resist and you are implementing a programme of adaptation and resilience that is something that the whole world should admire and support. But it’s necessary that governments that are still causing the problems that affect Tuvalu understand that they need to change. They need to change their energy policies, their transportation policies, the way they manage their cities, the way they are using fossil fuels so that the impact of climate change on Tuvalu can be stopped. Climate change cannot be stopped in Tuvalu it has to be stopped in the rest of the world.
We will be fighting during our Summit in New York to make sure that all countries accept the commitment that we need to be globally carbon neutral by 2050 to limit the increase in temperature to 1.5 degrees.
At the same time, I want to express my deep solidarity and the total support from the United Nations to the government and to the people of Tuvalu in your determined efforts to preserve your country – physically, culturally, in the economic and social dimensions, as a rich component of the Pacific and the international community.
GENEVA (4 May 2018) – Tuvalu’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 in a meeting that will be webcast live.
Tuvalu is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 7 to 18 May. Tuvalu’s first and second UPR reviews took place in December 2008 and April 2013, respectively.
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 →