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UNICEF to send emergency supplies for cyclone-affected children and families in Tuvalu

UNICEF is dispatching emergency life-saving supplies to communities in cyclone-affected Tuvalu. The archipelago nation comprising of nine islands with about 11,000 people has declared a state of emergency, following tidal surges caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam. While continuing our focus on the hardest hit island of Vanuatu, UNICEF remains committed to providing support and assistance to affected communities throughout the region. Presently, there are around 89 UNICEF staff spread across Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and more people are on their way to help with the emergency. Continue reading

Tuvalu’s record on women’s rights to face scrutiny by UN Committee

Tuvalu’s record on women’s rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Friday 20 February in meetings that will be webcast live. Tuvalu is one of the 188 States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and so is required to submit regular reports to the Committee of 23 independent experts on how it is implementing the Convention. Continue reading

Unique needs of island nations to be the focus of the 2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plants mangrove shoots on Tarawa, the main atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Mangroves help to protect against the rising sea levels caused by climate change. 05 September 2011 Tarawa, KiribatiFor small island developing States, the devastating impacts of climate change struck at the very heart of their survival, and without renewed political efforts to mitigate their reach, those nations would continue to suffer dramatic setbacks in their economic and social well-being, several world leaders warned today, as the General Assembly moved into the fifth day of its annual debate. 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

Human Rights Council adopted the UPR outcomes of Tuvalu

Ese Apinelu, Attorney General of Tuvalu, speaking via video conferencing, said that a lot had happened in Tuvalu since its last Universal Periodic Review.  The country was engaging in a high-level dialogue on the new Government’s road map, which outlined key priority measures to be implemented.  Tuvalu called upon the international community to provide the necessary assistance so that it would continue to implement the approved recommendations.  Continue reading

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

Tuvalu signs agreement for climate change project

Tuvalu signs agreement for climate change project (UNDP)The Government of Tuvalu and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has today signed an agreement to continue to partner on climate change adaptation work in Tuvalu. This marks the commencement of the second climate change adaptation project in Tuvalu that responds to Continue reading

Tuvalu’s human rights record under review

As the second Pacific Island State after Tonga, Tuvalu’s human rights record was examined by the United Nations Human Rights Council under the second cycle of its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 24th April 2013. The UPR provides a unique opportunity for Pacific Island States to discuss their human rights situation with the international community. Moreover, the preparation and follow-up processes constitute a valuable tool for every state to engage with national stakeholders and civil society representatives. Continue reading