UNDP Opens SDG Knowledge Exchange in Bangkok
UNDP Opens SDG Knowledge Exchange in Bangkok

The Knowledge Exchange is part of a week-long Regional SDG Forum hosted by UNDP in Bangkok from 21 to 27 October. The Forum features also a conference on youth engagement in SDG implementation and a meeting on finance for development focused on how countries can mobilize the required financing for the envisioned transformation to sustainability.

Financial Inclusion
Solar power drives financial inclusion: MiBank pilots affordable solar loans platform in Papua New Guinea

A new pilot partnership in Papua New Guinea providing affordable green energy has the potential to drive the adoption and usage of financial services among rural low-income Papua New Guineans.

Farming Approach
Agro-forestry Farming Approach to Boost Vanuatu’s Resilience

An agro-forestry farming approach introduced in Vanuatu aims to help communities address agricultural risks worsened by extreme weather patterns. With Tropical Cyclone Pam impacts still fresh in the minds of many, there is an increasing focus on food security as well as domestic food production to support the resilience of local communities.

UNDP Russia
UNDP-Russia partnership launches disaster resilience project

The Government of the Russian Federation in partnership with the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji today launched the Regional Disaster Resilience in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (RESPAC) Project in Nadi, Fiji.

Fiji Access to Justice Project signed by EU and UNDP

European Union and the United Nations Development Programme have signed the Delegation Agreement on the implementation of the Project, Fiji Access to Justice. The USD 9.2 million project, Fiji Access to Justice is funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP for the period 2016 to 2020.

Climate Outlook
Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum focusses on disaster risk reduction and information relevance

The second Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum officially opened today with national, regional and international experts on climate services and disaster risk reduction present to explore common approaches and best practices for climate services that can be extended throughout the Pacific Island region.

Winston Recovery
A look back as Koro continues to rebuild post Winston

Eight months since Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated the South Pacific Island nation of Fiji, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) recovery efforts in partnership with the Fiji Government have been progressively underway to rebuild people’s livelihoods.

Market Vender Farmers
Climate smart farming techniques help local market vendor-farmers

A training to increase agricultural productivity and income of market-vendors is helping many who are both farmers and market vendors. The United Nations Development Programme in partnership with Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture is using the training to broaden market vendor-farmers’ knowledge and awareness on how and what effect climate change can have on their farms and ways in which it can be mitigated.

Tuvalu Parliament
Tuvalu Parliament hosts Women’s Practice Parliament

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.

Ra Farmers
Enhancing youth employment and economic sustainability for Ra farmers

“Tropical Cyclone Winston hit us early this year, we now heavily depend on our farms to help us recover,” said the Turaga ni Koro or the village chief of Nabalabala Village in Ra. The Engaging Youth in Organic Farming programme will assist the TC Winston recovery efforts by training youth in organic agriculture and product development.

Media SDGs
Media seen as an important partner in development

With the new UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Country Director and Head of Regional Policy and Programming, Bakhodir Burkhanov, settled in, representatives of media organisations in a recent Meet the Media Morning Tea Event had the opportunity to engage with him in dialogue and be recognized as an important partner in the country’s and the Pacific’s development work.

Vanuatu Market
Vanuatu Farmer-Vendors Inspired for Change

Rural and urban markets in Vanuatu are central to the livelihoods of the people especially the poorer households who depend heavily on the income they earn from their small scale market operations.

Food Bank
Food Bank for Disaster Resilience

The Food Bank initiative which is designed to assist communities prepare for and recover from disasters, was handed over to the Naviti communities in the Yasawa group of islands in a handover ceremony that was held yesterday in Kese village.

Tuvalu Coast
Tuvalu uses ridge-to-reef approach to sustain livelihoods

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.