Pacific island countries face common challenges resulting from their small size, geographic isolation and natural disaster vulnerability. The Pacific is experiencing high levels of poverty and slow economic growth. While there are many common challenges, they differ in degree between countries. Sustainable and equitable economic growth is also dependent on significant governance improvements, but increasing concerns over alleged abuse of power and corruption are contributing to instability and failure to uphold human rights.
The UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji will support country-led development efforts by focusing on increased coordination among UNDP Pacific offices and strengthening linkages between country-level and sub-regional initiatives. Working with the Pacific Island countries to maintain and build on progress towards internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP will support capacity development for the implementation of inclusive growth policies and strategies.more
New partnership looks to create Pacific wide microinsurance solution for coastal fisheries sector. Many Pacific Islanders depend on coastal fisheries for both food and income but the sector is vulnerable to natural disasters, including cyclones, which can expose them to severe risks. Having appropriate insurance is one way to mitigate the risks, and will help to build resilience and the ability to cope with financial shocks arising from natural disasters and other extreme events. more