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Mobilizing Urgent Action and Political Will For Ocean and Climate Change

There is an urgent need for action on the ocean and climate change nexus. Our oceans, which cover three quarters of the earth’s surface, is one of the greatest and most important resources of our…  


Improving access to environment information in Tuvalu

The Tuvalu Government has formalized the establishment of an e-library providing an online database of research and government documents.  


Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Government representatives and key stakeholders involved in disaster preparedness, recovery and planning have agreed to work more closely together in a concerted effort to minimize the…  


Back in Time

It’s been 23 years since I last set foot on Ovalau, a lush volcanic island separated by a 20km wide channel from Viti Levu, Fiji’s mainland. Ovalau is the sixth largest island in Fiji and the main…  


Global Green Climate Fund pours US$18.6 million towards water resilience in the Marshall Islands

The Green Climate Fund has today approved US$18.6 million in financing to the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), supporting the low-lying atoll nation in adapting to increasing climate risks,…  


Equator Prize 2019 winners announced for local innovative climate solutions

UNDP and partners announced today the winners of the 10th Equator Prize, recognizing 22 local and indigenous communities from across the world. The winning organizations, which showcase innovative,…  


Plastic habit: Reducing waste with behavioural insights in Solomon Islands

Baked food wrapped in banana leaves. Vegetables carted in cane baskets. Intricately woven string bags. Natural materials used to be the standard in Solomon Islands. Then plastic took the place of…  


United Nations Secretary General Remarks at the Pacific Islands Forum Leader's Meeting

The United Nations and the Pacific Islands Forum are close partners across the international agenda, as we support your peacebuilding efforts, your implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable…  


Climate Action Pacific Partnership 2019 Statement: Pacific Talanoa on Progressing the Gender Action Plan

I am pleased to be here today to share some thoughts on the implementation of the Gender Action Plan. Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a prerequisite to effective conservation, climate…  


Next generation of innovation: The youth building businesses and peace in Solomon Islands

At the top of a steep hill in Gizo, the capital of Solomon Islands’ Western Province, four young people are leading a low-key waste management revolution. They are the Hilltop Innovators: Giftson,…  

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