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
With coastal pollution, overfishing and population growth, the oceans and the marine ecosystem are witnessing profound damage making the SDG 14 crucial for Fiji. There is optimism amongst scientists that new approaches to sustainable management and marine conservation can be found if traditional knowledge is complemented by science and technology. Hence, the My Fiji Shark Initiative is a new innovative model to support the partners’ efforts to realize this and raise the profile of marine conservation in the region. more
Fiji National Poverty Forum
Alleviating poverty, hardship, and deprivation- and ensuring that the benefits of progress reach everybody in Fiji- could not be more important. And the challenges involved in realising that vision should not be underestimated.
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 Development, and so much else.
Entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystem and community building in the Pacific
In the next two days, the participants with the help of the co-facilitators, will be engaged in discussions on the workshop theme, “Scaling Frontier Innovations”, an initiative of DFAT and USP. They will be working closely with the ecosystem actors to learn, define and understand Pacific entrepreneurial experiences while also identifying Pacific intermediaries and service providers that are already serving as critical enablers to create successful business models with growth pathways in the Pacific.
Innovation Hub to support shipping container homes for vulnerable groups
A 26-year-old law student at the University of the South Pacific has won the SDG-based enterprise competition. Originally from the Western Division, Sovaia Liku’s business idea is to use shipping containers to create sustainable and cost-effective homes.
Financial education brings back life to the Garanga community school canteen
Learning to save is no easy task. It takes goal setting, planning and discipline. When properly motivated and with the right tools, an individual can gradually improve his or her standard of living.
Pacific and ASEAN regions connect for financial innovation challenge
A competition, calling on financial technology providers to develop innovative solutions for financial inclusion barriers in the Pacific, has been launched by the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme and the United Nations Capital Development Fund – FinLab from Malaysia, with support from MetLife Foundation, Singapore Fintech Association and the University of the South Pacific.
Realities from the ground: Designing financial services around the Wantok culture in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea
Since opening her first savings account in July 2017, Misa John has been actively saving about 400 kina a month. The 26-year-old mother of two earns a living by selling vegetables, fruits and ice blocks outside a community school in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea.