VANUATU | Women farmers more empowered by sharing their achievement

Rita Kawai never thought she could grow vegetables in the backyard of her land in Etas settlement, in the suburb of Port Vila. The soil was too hard and dry and infertile for gardening.

Peace Dialogue
SOLOMON ISLANDS | National peace dialogue reaches consensus on sustaining peace

The Provincial Premiers reiterated their commitment to work closely with the central government on accelerating reforms to develop all Provinces.

TONGA | Role of Parliament in Sustainable Development Crucial

Members of Tonga’s National Parliament, are currently engaged in a three-day seminar to better understand the important role parliaments play in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

FIJI | Marriage ceremony on the mobile service delivery bus brings hope to the newlyweds

It had been longed for and came as a most welcomed surprise to Amani Rakula and Savaira Marama Rakula to be joined in civil union as husband and wife through the ‘REACH mobile service delivery’ that arrived at their remote village in Namosi province.

VANUATU | Aspirations for Scaling Up Business Rekindled

Means of transport between the smaller islands and major islands such as Efate and Epi is only by sea. Traversing open sea often with high winds throughout the year adds pressure to maritime safety for the island communities.

SDG Solutions
REGIONAL | 10 SDG Solutions for Asia-Pacific

Entitled “10 Solutions to Help Meet the SDGs,” the report describes large-scale projects in ten countries in the region – Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste – that have demonstrably accelerated progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Tuvalu Coastal Protection
TUVALU | Tuvalu, building resilience to the impacts of climate change

As a Small Island Developing State, Tuvalu is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, in particular sea-level rise and tropical storms (including cyclones) which are expected to increase in intensity as climate change becomes more pronounced.

MARSHALL ISLANDS | Health agencies collaborate to boost response to dual crisis of diabetes and TB in Ebeye

With 466 cases identified per 100,000 people, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has one of the highest tuberculosis (TB) prevalence in the world. Despite many decades of efforts to eradicate the devastating disease, it has continued to spread in the overcrowded atoll communities fueled by poor nutrition, high rates of diabetes, substandard housing and poor health seeking behaviours.

FIJI | Fiji Courts plan ahead to further improve service delivery

Improved service delivery by Fiji’s Judicial Department was a key area considered by twenty-three participants (12 women and 11 men) at the Judicial Department discussion on the Development of the Strategic Plan and Court Help Desks, which was held on 27 and 28 June 2017 in Suva, Fiji.

UNDP Administrator
GLOBAL | Achim Steiner takes office as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed Achim Steiner as he begins a four-year term as Administrator of the Organization. Mr. Steiner’s appointment as the new head of the UN’s lead development agency was confirmed by the UN General Assembly in April this year, following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres.

Ocean Protection
FIJI | Strengthening a Nation’s Call for Ocean Protection

As part of the preparation, the Fiji Government with support from UNDP, gathered for a second National Multi-Stakeholder Consultations for the Oceans Conference on 2 May in Suva, to discuss Fiji’s plan to achieve SDG 14 - conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Risk Resilience
SUB-REGIONAL | Local Government Resilient Development Network to Boost Risk Informed Development

With the adoption of the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and increased commitment to resilient development, the local government plays an important role in localising and contextualising these global goals and turning them into pragmatic solutions.

Pacific Innovation
SUB-REGIONAL | Innovation Lab gives Pacific youth space to develop creative solutions to corruption

Youth representatives from 15 Pacific Island countries and territories gather for the Pacific Youth Anti-Corruption Innovation Lab in Nadi, Fiji to develop innovative solutions to address corruption challenges in selected policy areas.

Human Devleopment
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2016 | Exclusion and inequality lead to uneven development across Asia and the Pacific

Exclusion of women, ethnic minorities, and people living in remote areas create chronic barriers that have stymied human development progress and led to significant disparities within the Asia and the Pacific region, leaving many behind.

Climate Funds
SUB-REGIONAL | National Climate Funds an Opportunity for Countries to Manage Climate Finance

Accessing and utilizing global climate financing from sources such as the Green Climate Fund and other multilateral and bilateral funds, provides the opportunity for governments to scale up national climate change adaptation and mitigation activities.