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Advanced Topographic and Bathymetric Survey to Support Tuvalu’s Adaptation Efforts

Detailed and accurate information on the relationship between land height and sea level will be made available for the first time since sea level rise became an issue of concern to Tuvalu.  


Vanuatu’s Progress to Mitigate Climate Change

The Ministry of Climate Change and Natural Disaster has launched Vanuatu’s Nationally Determined Contributions Implementation Roadmap and Vanuatu’s Integrated, Monitoring, Reporting and Verification…  


ADB, UNDP Renew Agreement to Accelerate Progress towards Sustainable Development

The Asian Development Bank and United Nations Development Programme signed a 5-year memorandum of understanding today to accelerate progress towards sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.  


Communities able to access services under REACH project

The legal advice Faiilagi Sofe received for her business was more than just a time-saving solution, it was also moral support for her as a young entrepreneur to pursue her business plan with…  


Legal Aid Commission comes closer to the people

Do you care who will receive your property and money when you pass on? Transferring your assets to your loved ones with no stress and confusion is a major concern when you reach certain age. But how…  


Partnership support for Ombudsman to improve Vanuatu Prisons

The Vanuatu Office of the Ombudsman has built expertise to conduct prison inspections through a learning exchange with the New Zealand Office of the Ombudsman. The workshop was funded by the…  


Start to Finish Tracker Taveuni Outreach

We are thankful that through the REACH project, we were able to introduce the ‘Start to Finish’ service tracker to allow citizens to use a mobile application and web portal platform to collaborate…  


Partnership on Anti-Corruption Course Launched

A new partnership between the University of the South Pacific and the United Nations in the Pacific, underscores the important role education plays in the fight against corruption and in the promotion…  


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…  


Handbook on Parliamentary Reporting for Fiji Journalists Launched

A handbook, which offers practical guidance and advice for journalists carrying out the important role of writing news reports on parliamentary business and deliberations, was launched at the Fiji…  


Training for Fiji Journalists to Boost Skills on Parliamentary Reporting

In an effort to further facilitate information and active engagement between citizens and their governance institutions, representatives of various media houses in Fiji are currently in a five-day…  


Enhancing electoral operations and integrity in Vanuatu

In an effort to further strengthen and make the electoral process in Vanuatu more efficient and coherent, the Vanuatu Electoral Environment Project has handed over 300 translucent modern ballot boxes…  


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.  


Formation of Women MPs Network to Further Equal Representation in Pacific Parliaments

The inaugural Pacific Women in Power Forum which ended on Wednesday, 27 March has confirmed the need for an ongoing Pacific regional network of women Members of Parliament, which aims to encourage…  


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…  


Pacific Women in Power Forum

I would like to begin by saying that the full participation of women in decision-making roles and political life is not only a guarantee of human rights but promotes economic stability and contributes…  


Pacific Women in Power Forum Discusses Pathways to Increase Women’s Political Participation

In recognising that the Pacific, as a region, has the lowest level of women’s political representation globally, concerted efforts are being made to ensure equal representation in respective national…  


Access to Justice, Rule of Law and Human Rights endorsed as Regional Cooperation Priority

The regional initiatives seek to focus on the rule of law situation across the Pacific through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 5, which commits governments to…  


Meet the women pushing for equal representation in Solomon Islands provinces

The Pacific region has the lowest number of women parliamentarians in the world. In Solomon Islands, one Member of Parliament out of 50 is a woman, and a total of four women have served as MPs in the…  


Regional Rule of Law Conference

Access to justice in the Pacific Region is a clear priority on the road to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular SDG 16. Through SDG 16, the global community has identified…  


Digital Advocate Advances Access to Public Services

Ms Rokotuinaceva is not entirely new to mobile digital technology, she had tried a social media platform once but only realized its huge potential when a team of government officers and United Nations…  


National Consultation to review Vanuatu's National Energy Map Implementation Plan

Stakeholders involved in the implementation of the country’s National Energy Road Map have met in Port Vila to discuss the way forward for the implementation of the national plan.  


Breaking through the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Police Force

The two women officers have been recruits for six years, and over the years, have watched male recruits with only one to two years’ experience undertake basic recruits training in Fiji. The formal…  


Partnership to Boost New Innovative Digital Financial Services for Tongans

A new innovative partnership launched today will make it easier for Tongans living in New Zealand and migrant workers to send money home, as well as increase access to other financial services.  


Seaqaqa Township Redevelopment: A Model for Risk Informing Development in Fiji

The Pacific Risk Resilience Programme will work closely with the Commissioner Northern’s Office in the coming years to risk inform other aspects of the Seaqaqa township development. This process will…  


Pacific Regional Climate Risk Adaptation and Insurance Study Underway

One helpful measure to support adaptation to climate change is climate risk insurance. The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) in partnership with the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative…  


Going Organic: From Farm-to-Fork in Vanuatu

With their small populations, remote locations and long distances to markets, vulnerability to natural hazards, extreme weather events and climate change, the Pacific Island Countries face complex…  


More Access to Social Services through the ‘REACH’ Mobile Service Delivery

People living in remote, rural and maritime communities in Tonga will soon have better access to social services including, youth programme, registration for labour mobility and seasonal workers…  


Concluding Workshop of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Program in Fiji

This workshop is convened with the purpose of reflecting on the programme, on our institutional and personal experiences, lessons learned and ideas that have hopefully been triggered through this…  


Innovation Hub and Co-working Space Launch at the University of the South Pacific

This is indeed the very concept of the Innovation Hub and a Co-Working Space: to bring together individuals from different industries, countries and areas of expertise – people who otherwise wouldn’t…  


Second National Dialogue on Promoting and Sustaining Youth Entrepreneurship through Innovation and an Enabling Ecosystem

As you are aware that, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the important role of youth in achieving the SDGs and calls for action against the challenges faced by young people that…  


Signing Ceremony for Grants for Justice Support Services

I am very pleased to welcome you to the Signing Ceremony for Grants for Justice Support Services, supported by UNDP’s Fiji Access to Justice Project and generously funded by the European Union.  


Grants Awarded for Justice Support Services

Three civil society organizations in Fiji have been awarded grants to provide access to justice support services as part of the key objectives of the Fiji Access to Justice Project, funded by the EU…  


Mobile Service Delivery to ‘REACH’ people in remote communities in Samoa

More Samoan citizens living outside of urban communities will soon have better access to government, legal and women’s services through a new mobile service delivery initiative recently launched.  


UNDP Boosts Government's Water Testing Capacity

The National Public Health Laboratory and other government institutions will be able to improve country-based water quality monitoring with the handover of testing equipment today at the UN Joint…  


Specialised training for Fiji Police Officers to benefit vulnerable persons

Twenty officers in the Fiji Police Force have completed a week-long ‘Training of Trainers’ in Video Recorded and Investigative Interviewing of vulnerable suspects, victims and witnesses.  


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…  


UNDP and SPC partner to support coastal adaptation in Tuvalu

UNDP and the Pacific Community signed a Letter of Agreement, cementing their mutual commitment to work together to improve Tuvalu’s resilience to coastal flooding under the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation…  


Access to Justice Mapping Report Launched

A mapping of formal justice and police services across the country was launched today by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs Ethel Sigimanu to guide planning and policy…  


Project to Support the Achievement of National Energy Targets of Vanuatu

Renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, hydro and biofuel are under-utilized to meet the energy requirements in Vanuatu. According to Vanuatu’s Acting Director-General for the Ministry of…  


Training of Trainers for Specialist Investigative Interviewing

The training aims to give investigators a better understanding of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to conduct professional and ethical interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects,…  


New National HIV and STI guidelines and community-government partnership announced in Kiribati

A new set of national guidelines have been launched and a partnership announced between a local community group - Boutokaan, Inaomataia ao Mauriia Binabinaine Association (BIMBA) and the Ministry of…  


Citizens to Expect Effective Service Delivery with Launch of Tracking System

A pilot service delivery tracking system, launched this week, will ensure citizens are able to track and monitor their applications for services offered by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty…  


Fiji REACH Project Exceeds Community Outreach Target

The REACH Project which set out a target of reaching 4,000 Fijians has managed to reach more than double the targeted figure in facilitating citizen’s access to essential Government services.  


UNDP Support to Vanuatu Government in Strengthening Early Warning Systems to Monitor Ambae Volcano

Camera and transmission equipment have been installed on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu providing real time images of volcanic activities on the nearby island of Ambae.  


Governor of Central Bank of Samoa joins UN Task Force on Digital Financing of SDGs

Central Bank of Samoa’s Governor, Maiava Atalina Emma Ainuu-Enari has been appointed as the Pacific Representative to the United Nations’ newly launched Task Force on Digital Financing of the…  


Adapting Towards Resilience: Water and Sanitation is Everybody’s Business

Water and sanitation is everybody’s business” from “ridge to reef” and “from community to cabinet.” Under Secretary to the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification Daniel Rove made the…  


Retreat for MPs Emphasises Enhanced Community Engagement

To assist Members of Parliament of the Republic of Fiji gain a deeper understanding of their main functions of scrutiny, oversight and representation, a three-day retreat for MPs in the new term is…  


Fiji Parliamentarians' Retreat

It is my honor and privilege to be here this morning to speak to the newly elected Parliament of the Republic of Fiji. I would like to start by congratulating all 51 Members on your successful…  


Inclusive Participation and Equal Voices in Land Management, A Principle For Sustainable Development

Women cultivate the land, produce food and generate income for families. Women’s economic activities using land resources are globally recognized as strong contributors to poverty alleviation and…  


Recognising Development Minerals For Resilient Development

A recent two-day trade fair has shed light on the Development Minerals industry in Fiji and the importance of a better informed and sustainable practice choices for all stakeholders involved.  


Peacebuilding Innovation Forum Inspires Young Social Entrepreneurs

More than 200 youth from across Western and Choiseul provinces will return to their communities motivated to tackle persistent issues following the Youth Peacebuilding Innovation Forum in Gizo this…  


Knowledge sharing crucial to development in Fiji communities

Fiji’s Hidden Paradise was a hive of activity this month, with an inaugural Knowledge Fair and a three-day workshop underpinning the theme of sharing knowledge.  


Second Solomon Islands Government Development Partners Joint Dialogue 2018

The Solomon Islands Development Finance Assessment is the first attempt to take stock of all the sources of development finance available to the Solomon Islands – public and private, domestic and…  


RMI Practice Parliament for Women Seeks to Boost Representation

Women from 24 electoral districts in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) are currently attending a two-day preparatory session for the second Practice Parliament for Women, in a proactive move…  


Business Training Kickstarts Youth-Led Social Enterprises

Young social entrepreneurs from Malaita Province advanced their ventures to address community challenges through a business training in Auki this week.  


Launch of the Fiji Parliament Overview Report

Delivering the 2030 agenda depends on good governance, which includes the responsiveness and accountability of institutions at all levels. Sustainable Development Goal 16 outlines the need for…  


Pacific MP and youth share integrity partnerships

Strengthening genuine and effective partnerships is vital to achieving integrity in the Pacific and parliamentarians, youth and civil society organisations need to scale up their work to achieve…  


Western Province Youth Get Crash Course in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

In an effort to empower youth to develop new approaches to social issues, nearly 100 young people from across Western Province gathered in Gizo for a social innovation and entrepreneurship workshop…  


Empowering the community of people living with HIV in the Pacific

The greater involvement and empowerment of the community of people living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is critically important to end HIV in the Western Pacific region.  


Voluntary National Review Country Capacity Building Workshop for Pacific SIDS

Firstly, I want to congratulate you and your governments for your willingness and enthusiasm to undertake the Voluntary National Review process in 2019. It is a testament to the excellent start that…  


Trade Fair for Development Minerals Fiji

Development Minerals are all around us, but we often don’t notice them. This is why they are also called Neglected Minerals or Low-Value Minerals. They are too often overlooked but play a pivotal role…  


Insurance helps dairy farmers in time of need

About an hour and thirty-minute drive from Fiji’s capital Suva, lies a 45-acre cattle farmstead, passed through three generations of cattle formers from the Singh family. Lusia Singh, the registered…  


PNG partnerships a pathway to integrity

Mandatory audit committees within government agencies combined with a confidential Phones-Against-Corruption tool for citizens are among a multi-pronged approach being taken against corruption in…  


Strong Pacific youth voice needs to be heard on integrity

Given the fact that 60 percent of Pacific people are youth, involving young people in the fight against corruption is essential, says a Solomon Islands youth representative at the 18th International…  


Will you marry me on the REACH bus?

Savaira and Amani took each other’s hands and exchanged marriage vows. Having been declared married, the couple then signed the register, along with their two witnesses and the Registrar.  


Pacific-wide rollout of rapid HIV and syphilis test to improve sexual and reproductive health services for the most vulnerable

A new diagnostic test for HIV and syphilis is being rolled out by UNDP across the Western Pacific region, in order to reach the most vulnerable populations with vital sexual and reproductive health…  


Solomon Islands youth tackle social issues with innovation and entrepreneurship

Malaita, the most populous province in Solomon Islands, is blessed with resources. Its islands have reefs teeming with seafood and fertile soil for growing pineapple, cassava and countless other…  


Conservation Effort to Preserve Life Below Water

A new initiative designed to support marine ecotourism and the Sustainable Development Goal 14 was launched today, marking a new era in marine conservation. The South Pacific Tourism Organisation in…  


My Fiji Shark Initiative Launch

This collaboration is focused on innovative resource mobilization with the private sector in Fiji. Businesses globally have a big role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  


Fiji Ridge-to-Reef Project Partnership Agreement

Today, new partner organizations – the Fiji Locally-Managed Marine Areas Network, the World Wide Fund for Nature Pacific, the Pacific Islands Rainforest Foundation and the USP’s Institute of Applied…  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: PITA Telecoms (Digital) Strategy Forum

Since the opening of the telecommunications markets in the early 2000 until today, there has been quite an expansion in connectivity including fixed line, mobile and internet connectivity.  


National Youth Parliament to Build Confidence of Young Leaders

As part of efforts to engage youth in national politics, 50 young women and men are currently gathered in Honiara for the 4th National Youth Parliament.  


Pacific Telcos Partner to Bring Greater Financial Access to ni-Vanuatu

The mobile money platform allows registered users to use their mobile phone like a bank account or debit card. The new service can be used to access banking services such as sending and receiving…  


NBS Launches New Digital Banking Product

Accessibility and the belief that they cannot afford to save, have been two of Samoa’s biggest impediments to financial inclusion in Samoa. With only 39% of the population having any form of access to…  


VNPF to study micro-pensions for Vanuatu’s informal sector

With its informal sector making up about 80% of the working population, Vanuatu is the latest Pacific Island Country that is looking into the introduction of pension products for ni-Vanuatu working in…  


Apia Insurance Company Launches Samoa’s First Funeral Cover Insurance

For most Samoans, funeral payments are one of the biggest expenses in life, which can create severe financial stress on traditional obligations that can cost families up to $50,000 WST.  


Empowering Persons with Disabilities through the Access to Justice Assessment

Raising an infant can be hard work at the best of times. Doing it as a single mother changing diapers, managing breast feeding, and sleepless nights are even more physically and emotionally exhausting…  


Western Province Women Raise Gender Policy Priorities with Provincial Government

Women representing wards across Western Province highlighted key provincial women’s priorities and made recommendations on how to address them during a dialogue with Members of the Provincial Assembly…  


Southern Taveuni farmers join forces for greenhouse initiative in their communities

Taveuni, Fiji’s third largest island, is known for its thriving agricultural sector due to rich volcanic soils and almost daily rainfall. It is here that 32-year-old Maria Lowana Maivalenisau and…  


New report shows steady progress on Human Development for Pacific Island states

Fiji, Palau, Samoa, and Tonga remain in the High Human Development category of the latest Human Development Index and are joined by the Republic of Marshall Islands which is included in the index for…  


Regional Conference Highlights Role of Political Parties in Democracy

The development of political parties that can represent citizens in an inclusive and accountable manner is one credible pathway to a stable and effective political system.  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: Legal and Regulatory Frameworks for Political Parties

Over the years, UNDP in the Pacific has been supporting two key political actors – the Parliaments and electoral management bodies – to develop their capacities in order to uphold countries’…  


Strengthening Vanuatu’s Response to Natural Disasters

The Government of Japan and UNDP provided the Government of Vanuatu with critical equipment today, which can be deployed for rebuilding community infrastructure for people relocating to surrounding…  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: Handover Ceremony of Power Equipment to the Vanuatu Government

Just as humanitarian responses are crucial in saving lives by responding to the most urgent human needs, integrating an early recovery approach within humanitarian operations is crucial to community…  


Secretariat Staff Graduate from first Parliamentary Corporate Management Course hosted in the Pacific

Recognising that well-structured, appropriately staffed and resourced parliaments are essential for vibrant democracies, over 20 participants from nine Pacific parliaments graduated from a Corporate…  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: Empowering Rural Women in Fiji – Upscaling the Rocket Stove Project Launch

This event marks the official start of the upscaling of the Rocket Stove project, which aims to empower rural women in Fiji. This goal of this initiative is to improve the livelihoods of women and…  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: Training on Corporate Management for Pacific Parliaments

Globally, UNDP provides parliamentary development support to more than 60 Parliaments around the world in the recognition of the central role that they play in democratic governance, peace and…  


Youth Peacebuilding Innovation Forum empowers Social Entrepreneurs and Changemakers

The Youth Peacebuilding Innovation Forum in Auki, Malaita Province aimed at helping young people use innovation to spark change in their communities concluded yesterday.  


Peacebuilding Innovation Forum inspires Malaita Youth to be Social Problem Solvers

In response to the need for new approaches to address social issues, more than 200 young people from across Malaita Province are in Auki to attend the Youth Peacebuilding Innovation Forum this week.  


Social Services reaching the furthest behind first in Fiji

Kelera looked up from cutting her grass and climbed up the decaying wooden steps to open the door of her house to welcome the unexpected visitors from the social welfare office.  


Training to Benefit Regional Parliaments

The Parliament of the Republic of Fiji, in partnership with the UNDP and McGill University of Canada is currently hosting regional participants to a two-week intensive management course specifically…  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: Regional Training of Trainers on Video-Recorded Interviews and Investigative Interviewing

The initiative of the Fiji Police Force to conduct this regional training is highly commendable as it supports south-south cooperation and encourages peer-to-peer learning. This is a significant…  


Regional Training of Trainers and launch of the Fiji Police Force knowledge tools

Ensuring early access to justice in Fiji and building police capacity to deliver such justice are key objectives of a five-day regional training organised by the Fiji Police Force including members of…  


Helen Clark highlights Women and Youth during Solomon Islands visit

Helen Clark, former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, yesterday ended her four-day visit to Solomon Islands. During the visit, Ms.…  


Project to Support the Achievement of National Energy Targets for Tuvalu

The small Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu faces several energy challenges, arising mainly from the lack of indigenous fossil fuel sources and remoteness.  


Close to 30,000 rural ni-Vanuatu to be migrated to electronic banking

Addressing low usage, cost of travel and lack of opportunities to transact, the National Bank of Vanuatu has announced the migration of close to 30,000 of its rural customers to electronic and mobile…  


The Role of Parliament in promoting the Strategy for Development of Samoa and Sustainable Development Goals

A two-day seminar aimed at recognising and promoting the significant role that Members of Parliament play in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals will be held in Samoa on the 22 – 23…  


Climate Refresher Training Workshop

Weather touches all of us. Rain or shine, quite literally, we wake up to it every morning, so few things are as pervasive in human life as weather and climate. Climate is a powerful factor shaping…  


Regional Exchange benefits Vanuatu Parliamentary Committees

In recognising the significant role of Parliamentary Committees in scrutinising legislation and providing oversight, the Secretariat for the Parliament of Vanuatu benefited from a two-day capacity…  


South-South Cooperation: Bank of Sierra-Leone Officials Undertake Study Visit to Fiji

Officials from the Bank of Sierra Leone, a West African state, are in Fiji this week to observe and share knowledge with the Reserve Bank of Fiji on the development of regulatory sandboxes.  


Strengthening Access to Justice for All Fijians

This is an exciting opportunity to flag issues of interest, for the attention of all, so that we can be aware of them, learn from your expertise, and do more research into these very important…  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: Judiciary Training on Criminal Law

Strengthening access to justice, rule of law and promoting human rights are cornerstones of UNDP’s work to achieve sustainable human development. Our involvement is grounded in the belief that…  


Teachers encouraged to champion financial education in their communities

“Financial Education may start in the classroom, but it has the potential to benefit whole families”, Erik Scholte, Second Secretary at the Australian High Commission, said while closing a week-long…  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: Climate Action Pacific Partnership Closing Statement on behalf of Development Partners

The CAPP 2018 message is loud and clear stating that each and every country should commit to raising ambition on NDCs. There is a broad agreement that there will be serious impacts for people the…  


Financial Inclusion Scholarship expanded to all South Pacific Countries

The United Nation’s Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) has announced the launch of its 2018 Reuben James Summerlin (RJS) Scholarship for Pacific Islanders active in the Financial Inclusion…  


Fijian Government budget bolsters financial inclusion

The announcement of the Fiji 2018 – 2019 budget has been met with encouragement by the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme as direct actions are being made to deepen financial access in Fiji.  


Keeping up an active island life through Disability Grant

In the middle of the turquoise blue waters of the South Pacific Ocean fringed with coral reefs, the Mamanuca Islands are a world-class tourist destination, boasting 20 hotels and resorts.  


Tuvalu Seeks to Increase Women’s Representation in Upcoming Elections

More than 20 women representing different communities in Tuvalu are engaged in a five-day capacity building session that aims to increase the interest and the level of participation of women in the…  


Stakeholders convene to discuss the sustainable management of construction materials

The four-day workshop will facilitate a business-to-business knowledge exchange on quarry management best-practices to improve the performance of the sector and contribute toward inclusive and…  


Building Healthy Communities through Organic Farming

Twenty-one-year-old Asilika Nause believes that it is now her responsibility to ensure her community has access to fresh, organic food, after attending training sessions through the Youth Empowerment…  


Innovation allows real-time monitoring and evaluation for Financial Education in the Solomon Islands

Thirty-eight teachers from three Rural Training Centres of the Anglican Church of Melanesia participated in a second round of financial education training on 21 July at the Garanga Rural Training…  


India training set to enhance climate early warning systems in the Pacific

Seventeen Pacific representatives traveled to Roorkee, India for a one-month intensive and specialized training as part of UNDP's Climate Early Warning Systems in Pacific Island Countries Project.  


Son’s insurance supports family after his passing

Sitting in their home in Vunavutu Village in Sigatoka, the Naibuka family were still coming to terms with the sudden death of their son only a week earlier, when they were startled by a beep on his…  


Western Highlands Province to embed Financial Education into provincial TVET curriculum

Western Highlands Provincial Administration and the United Nation’s Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme have formalised a partnership that will see financial education embedded into the curriculum…  


SINPF announces nationwide roll-out of micropension product

Following the successful pilot project last year, the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) has announced a nationwide roll-out of their micropension account for Solomon Islanders active in…  


Budget Transparency Vital for Democratic Governance

In recognizing the importance of budget transparency and the role of civil society’s ability to analyse budgets and effectively participate in the National Budget process, more than 90 representatives…  


Safeguarding the biodiversity-rich landscapes of Palau

project which will link biodiversity conservation to sustainable economic activity in Palau has been launched today with the signing of a partnership between the Government of the Republic of Palau…  


Conserving the Health of Our Ocean

Kiribati is a nation comprised of 33 atolls spread across a vast Pacific Ocean territory. The people are reliant on a limited land base and coastal zone fisheries for both nutrition and livelihood.  


Lighting a future for women and children in the Solomon Islands

Under a solar light on the back porch of his mother’s canteen, sits 10-year-old Ashley Alevia, doing his homework. It’s eight in the evening and his father Terry, a school teacher, sits next to him…  


Farmer rebuilds life with new insurance payout

Panapasa Ralulu is counting his lucky stars after being unharmed by a fire that destroyed his home and belongings in July last year. The 40-year-old sugarcane farmer and father of three says that…  


USD$2.25 million to Boost Vanuatu’s Electoral Office

A commitment of USD$2.25 million made by the Government of New Zealand towards supporting the work of the Vanuatu Electoral Office will support the capacity development of the Electoral Office and the…  


Coordinated Service Delivery Encourages Economic Empowerment of Women

With three certificates in hand, Marguerite Gain shares her vision: she wants to become a shop owner to sell her wide array of sewing products, including, pillowcases, curtains, sulu jaba and men’s…  


Dyfan Jones: The REACH Capacity Building Workshop

It is a great privilege to be with you at this Capacity Building Workshop organized by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation in partnership with the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji. It…  


Practice Parliament Boosts Women’s Confidence as the Solomon Islands General Election Nears

50 enthusiastic women across the eight Provinces of the Solomon Islands mostly met as strangers but now leave the Capital more enthused and empowered to participate as candidates in any general…  


UNDP to launch electoral support project in Nauru

A new two-year project to strengthen the capacity of the Electoral Commission and create a more inclusive and transparent electoral process was announced today by the Electoral Commission of Nauru and…  


Practice Parliament for Women to Level the Playing Field for Women’s Political Participation

As a response to gender norms that continue to work against women’s entry into politics, 50 women across the eight provinces of the Solomon Islands are currently gathered in Honiara for the Second…  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: Training Workshop for Fiji MPs on Gender-based Violence and Human Rights

Women’s empowerment and political participation are a matter of human rights. While the right to vote and contest elections is widely available to women all over the world, the goal of gender balance…  


Getting back on track with timely support provided at his village

When informed that his application was approved, Sekove Lili looked over his new farm and breathed a long sigh of relief. He will soon be assisted by a social welfare scheme provided by the…  


Steering toward the closing stage of the M4C project

The Nausori Highlands village, known for its beautiful location surrounded by peaks and picturesque villages is also a place where a large number of communities grow produce to sell in Nadi market.  


Graphic Design Contest launched to raise NCD awareness

The Pacific Community and UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji through the Wake Up! Project are launching a graphic design contest for youth from the Pacific to raise awareness on NCDs and their risk factors.  


UNDP re-affirms technical and capacity support for the reporting of weather and climate data

The Fiji Meteorological Office’s daily tasks to provide accurate and timely weather and climate information received a boost with the official handover of equipment that will ensure that the country’s…  


Building capacity of local experts in post disaster needs assessment and disaster recovery

A country challenged with disasters triggered by various types of natural hazards, the Government of Vanuatu welcomes the opportunity to strengthen strategic planning for the recovery phase of natural…  


Coconut Sector Development Project to Bring New Opportunities to I-Kiribati

Not opting for a slower pace of life during their retirement years, Tonagafiti Cross, 71, and Anglin Onario, 65, have been working tirelessly throughout Kiribati to educate their fellow citizens on…  


Training for regional stakeholders on post-disaster needs assessment and implementing recovery strategies

Representatives of Pacific Island governments are part of a regional workshop this week learning how to determine the economic and social costs of disasters that can then inform recovery strategies to…  


New initiative to boost economic growth in Kiribati

The Government of Kiribati today signed an agreement with UNDP on an initiative that will seek to foster income generation for poor rural households, improve the livelihoods, overall income and…  


Saving for retirement in the informal sector: A market vendor's story

Since June last year, Ruth Kamu has stuck to her goal to save at least SBD $100 (USD $12.79) a month toward her retirement. The 43-year-old market vendor in Honiara, Solomon Islands, says that she…  


“Floating Budget Analysis” to boost Parliaments’ capacity to review budget in the Pacific

Lessons from the budget analysis model applied by the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji has been replicated in the National Parliament of the Solomon Islands. The support during the 2018 budget…  


Projects targeting environmental conservation launched in the Marshall Islands

Over 25 participants gathered in Majuro today to officially launch two national projects as part of the Global Environment Facility Pacific Ridge to Reef programme.  


Development’s ‘invisible’ risks – learning from the past and safeguarding the future in Fiji

Development planners from across all four divisions of Fiji are now able to anticipate risks to and from the infrastructure and sector development projects that they oversee.  


Cook Islands Women Parliamentarians Caucus to Boost Equal Representation

With the establishment of the Women Parliamentarians Caucus, Cook Islands aims to further advance the effective participation of women at the highest decision-making body: the legislature.  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: Handover event at Tonga’s Legislative Assembly Premises

This was a show of great solidarity and support from Tonga’s fellow legislatures. UNDP only played a facilitative role by liaising with our partner Parliaments and covering the cost of lifting the…  


Regional Parliament Community Unite to Support Tonga in Hour of Need

Parliaments throughout the Pacific including Australia and New Zealand with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have rallied behind the Tonga Legislative Assembly to ensure…  


Launch of the Fiji Access to Justice Assessment

The rationale for the Access to Justice Assessment is data collection and analysis across the justice sector, which will serve as the foundation for an evidence-based approach to justice reform and…  


Evacuation drill tests preparedness plans for schools in tsunami prone areas

A tsunami drill in Suva, Fiji, this week provided an opportunity for school management, disaster management officials, government officials and local enforcement agencies to test preparedness and…  


Japan Government Pen Deal to Support Six Pacific Parliaments through UNDP

The Government of Japan today signed a USD$5.2m agreement with the United Nations Development Programme which will allow its current parliamentary development work to be scaled up and replicated to…  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: Japan–UNDP “Exchange of Notes” Signing Ceremony

This strengthened collaboration comes at a moment when Parliaments and Legislatures in the Pacific and globally have started acting on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which is also at the…  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: Access to Justice Assessment Launch in Fiji

The assessment we are embarking upon will seek to analyze whether citizens are actually able to access and use justice institutions to solve their common justice problems, identify factors affecting…  


New study reveals extent of stigma and discrimination confronting people living with HIV in the Pacific

A new study has found that people living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the Pacific islands are experiencing high levels of stigma and discrimination, resulting in social exclusion and…  


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.  


Training Boosts Role of Parliamentary Committee Chairs and their Deputies

The Chairpersons and Deputies of the 17 Permanent Committees of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Parliament, are currently engaged in a two-day capacity and knowledge building workshop that aims to enhance…  


Solomon Islands holds Development Finance Assessment inception workshop

Policymakers discussed the preliminary findings and recommendations from the Solomon Islands’ Development finance assessment (DFA) at a workshop held in Honiara this month  


Insurance helps Tuicakau cope with illness

Tuicakau Nawaiciono, a 57-year-old retired civil servant, believes that more Fijians should think about taking out insurance for their family’s wellbeing and protection.  


Screening for Risks to Improve Resilience of Development Planning

National planning officers from a range of Ministries across Tonga will be required to identify climate change, disaster and gender risks associated with all major investments as part of their Annual…  


Safeguarding development projects from earthquake and cyclones in Temotu Province

Provincial planners and Government Ministries such as Health, Agriculture and Fisheries are working together in Temotu Province to ensure that climate change and disaster risks are considered in the…  


Risk informing community development projects in Vanua Levu

Community development projects in the Northern Division of Fiji are becoming more resilient to disasters and climate change following ongoing work to risk inform community development plans.  


Youth are the future of climate resilience

When the vulnerability of small island countries to climate change is reported in international media, it is often accompanied by images of houses and roads inundated with seawater, families standing…  


Cook Islands Parliament Speaker’s Debate on the SDGs focuses on Mental Health

Following the success of the first Parliament Speaker’s Debate on the Sustainable Development Goals, a second debate, on Thursday 8th February, brought together people to openly discuss issues around…  


Cook Islands MPs briefed on proposed Ocean Legislation

A two-day capacity building workshop designed for Members of the Cook Islands Parliament, provided the platform for open and robust discussions on the soon to be tabled Maritime Zones Bill and the…  


New Zealand and UNDP Strengthen Partnership in support of Pacific Parliaments

Vanuatu has become the fifth country in the Pacific to receive support from the United Nations Development Programme through a three-year Parliament strengthening project with funding from the New…  


Communities in Fiji gain gender equality awareness and access services

Marguerite Gain returned to her mother’s village after surviving domestic violence and for the past ten years she has been earning her livelihood sewing uniforms for students, dresses and shirts for…  


Landowners Unlock Potential in Development Minerals

Representatives of community resource owners from the Central and Western Division of Fiji are currently gathered in Nadi for a five-day, training of the trainers (ToT) workshop on enterprise skills,…  


Political Participation of men and women key to achieving sustainable development

A two-day validation workshop convened select male Members of Parliament (MPs), from 10 Pacific Islands countries, to build on existing gender equality activities that makes the participation of women…  


Prioritizing community needs after disasters

The island country faces a range of disaster threats including typhoons, droughts and storm surges, and the two-day workshop aimed to strengthen the community and government’s understanding of…  


UNDP Reaffirms Support to Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon. Rick Hou has welcomed a delegation from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to discuss their support to the Government and the People of Solomon Islands…  


People with disabilities encouraged to become more active through mobile service delivery

She had stopped going to her farm since she developed her knee pain over the last three years. The pain discouraged her to walk to and from her farm along the unpaved path from her village located on…  


Strengthening Public Accounts Committees Considered at South-South Exchange

A two-day capacity building seminar for PAC members from the Parliaments of Cook Islands, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Samoa with the aim of building the capacity of the committee leadership and…  


HRADC, UNDP and EU join forces to facilitate and nurture a culture of Human Rights in Fiji

Over the past week, the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission, United Nations Development Programme and European Union organised six events across Fiji to facilitate and nurture the…  


Energy Efficiency for Vanuatu

Recently, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research carried out a Technical Assistance Week and Workshop on Energy Efficiency for Vanuatu. This workshop was hosted by the Vanuatu…  


Risk-informing development is key to achieving the new Pacific regional framework for resilient development

The Pacific region continues to lead the way in efforts to make development more resilient to climate change and disasters. In the first meeting of the newly established Pacific Resilience Platform,…  


Creating a Community of Advocates for Human Rights and Access to Justice in Fiji

Engagement and collaboration between the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission, the Legal Aid Commission, representatives from non-government organizations, civil society organizations and…  


Strengthening health systems to better control HIV and TB in Pacific island countries

To effectively control HIV and tuberculosis (TB) in the Pacific there is a need to strengthen overall health systems. This includes, equipping medical professionals with the required tools and skills…  


Regaining her strength through awareness of her rights and access to services

Pranesh Lata was not aware of the social welfare services the Government provides to people in Fiji nor thought she would need it until her husband fell ill. Her husband was a carpenter and built the…  


Fiji & Solomon Islands, learn how to build an Inclusive Digital Payments Ecosystem

The UN based Better than Cash Alliance (BTCA) are in the Pacific this week to advocate government ministries in Fiji and the Solomon Islands to transition from cash to digital payments to advance…  


Tafea province of Vanuatu recognized for achieving malaria-free status

The elimination of malaria incidence in Tafea marks a great success of the malaria programme of the Ministry of Health, accomplished in collaboration with donors and development partners including…  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: The Pacific Regional Workshop on Monitoring Sustainable Development Goal 16

The focus of our gathering is Sustainable Development Goal 16, particularly its targets focused on rule of law and access to justice, corruption and transparent and accountable institutions. The very…  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: On the appointment of Celebrity Chef Robert Oliver as the UNDP Pacific Office’s Advocate for Food, Sustainable Development and Wellbeing

Today we celebrate the appointment of Chef Robert Oliver as our Pacific Advocate for Food, Sustainable Development and Wellbeing. Robert is no stranger to UNDP having advised a number of our projects.…  


Regional Meet Sets Platform for Robust Data Collection on SDG 16

The complexity of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) itself and the lack of easily gauged data, have been identified as major challenges, particularly for Pacific Island Countries.  


Sign language on board for equal access to services and advocating for the rights

The inclusion of sign language interpreters provided persons with hearing loss access to social, economic and legal services and highlighted equal access to justice and government services as human…  


Transforming private sector engagement to build business and community resilience

Business leaders, government officials, representatives from the United Nations and Pacific regional agencies gathered in Bonn for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23), showcased successful…  


More Youths Graduate from Peacebuilding and Livelihood Training

The fourth batch of youths graduated this week in the peacebuilding and livelihood skills training, delivered in close partnership with the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace,…  


UNDP empowers Vanuatu’s young entrepreneurs through the Youth Co:Lab Initiative

UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, the Vanuatu Youth Council and the Vanuatu Young Entrepreneurs Council, hosted a three-day National Dialogue on Youth…  


Urban communities benefited from the evening mobile awareness raising and service delivery

Women, men and youths from three of Suva’s urban communities, Jittu Estate Veiquwawa, Wailea settlement and Tamavua-i-Wai settlement, actively engaged during evening sessions in the awareness raising…  


Market vendors equipped with skills, services and confidence

On the main street of Levuka town alongside the ocean, you will find market vendors in small tents selling a variety of products: taro, cassava, tomatoes, cucumbers, coconuts, and more.  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: Handing over of road works and new climate-proofed building

Assisting Pacific Island Countries to cope with climate change and disasters is therefore a key focus area of UNDP’s work. UNDP and our partners have been supporting the Vanuatu Government to address…  


Safety Drill Prepares Solomon Islands Schools for Tsunamis

The first tsunami drill at schools in the Solomon Islands mobilized nearly 400 students and teachers, testing the schools’ emergency management plans and newly constructed evacuation routes.  


United Nations in Solomon Islands celebrates 72nd UN Day

Staff members of all the United Nations (UN) agencies in Solomon Islands came together at the UN Joint Presence Office (UNJPO) located at the ANZ Haus, to mark the 72nd anniversary of the UN.  


Hansard Training to Boost PNG’s Parliamentary Oversight Role

The crucial role of Hansard in supporting Parliaments in many countries to undertake their full constitutional mandate in representing the interests of citizens, legislating and providing oversight of…  


Investigative Interview Training of the Trainers Course for Fiji Police Force

Ensuring early access to justice in Fiji, and enhancing the capacity of the Fiji Police Force to deliver such justice to all Fijians, are key objectives of the five-day training-of-trainers for the…  


First Ever ‘Youth Peacebuilding Innovation Forum’ Inspires More than 250 Youths

More than 250 young people attended Solomon Islands’ first ever ‘Youth Peacebuilding Innovation Forum’ held this week at the National Auditorium, Museum grounds in Honiara. The 3-day event has been…  


South-South Learning to Boost Secretariat functions of Tonga and Fiji Parliaments

A south-south learning exchange between the staff of the Fale Alea ‘o Tonga (Parliament of Tonga) and the staff of the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji is currently underway with the overall aim to…  


Pacific Integrity Agencies enhance ability to investigate public sector misconduct and corruption

The United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project, in partnership with the Pacific Integrity Network and the Office of the OmbudsmanTonga, opened a three-day Advanced Investigations Training…  


Partnership launched to develop affordable insurance to build more disaster resilience

A new partnership between two United Nations programmes is expected to yield innovative and cost-effective insurance solutions for Pacific Islanders and small businesses in the region.  


Bakhodir Burkhanov: Member of Parliaments Workshop on Parliamentary Engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals

In Fiji and elsewhere, these principles of national ownership, inclusive space for debates, and holistic approach to development clearly point to the Parliament as the key actor to ensure the success…  


Political Parties Have Important Role to Play in Democratic Societies

The success of a democracy is measured in the everyday interactions between political institutions and the citizens they represent. Therefore, the participation of citizens in political parties offers…  


Dialogues in Fiji strengthen youth and civil society engagement to support good governance and democracy-enabling conditions

With the wider objective to strengthen engagement, collaboration and empowerment of youths, non-government organizations and civil society organizations in furthering human rights across Fiji, more…  


New study reveals gaps in Pacific HIV prevention efforts

Findings from a new joint study by the UNDP, UNICEF and the University of New South Wales indicate an urgent need for reforms in Pacific island countries to adequately address HIV and STIs among…  

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