Coconut farmers to benefit from ANZ goMoney
Aug 12, 2016
An exciting project to connect mobile banking to the coconut industry was launched today by the Australian Government, Pacific Financial Inclusion Program and ANZ Bank. The SBD 5 million dollar program (US$650,000) will connect rural coconut oil producers, laborers, buyers and transport operators with digital finance as the coconut industry in Solomon Islands expands.
Constitutional Review in the Pacific: A brief story of Tuvalu
Aug 12, 2016
Although the Tuvalu Constitution of 1986 has generally served the country well, there are a number of internal political concerns that have prompted the Government to consider constitutional reform. The political system in Tuvalu has experienced a number of crises over the last decade, most notably with regard to executive/parliamentary relations, which the Constitution was unequipped to address.
New phase of Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project launched
Aug 11, 2016
The second phase of the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption was launched today in Suva. It aims to support Pacific Island countries strengthen their national integrity systems in order to promote ‘clean’ governments and to create an enabling environment for trade, business, investment and sustainable development.
Remarks by UNDP Country Director, Bakhodir Burkhanov, at the National Consultation Workshop on Development Minerals
Aug 10, 2016
The SDGs – also referred to as Agenda 2030 – encourage all of us to re-think our assumptions about development. The SDG framework is highly inter-connected as a testament to the fact that development is inherently complex and can no longer be seen in terms of isolated sectors such as health, agriculture or industries. Progress or lack thereof in one area influences others in substantial ways.
Efforts underway to strengthen and support State Governance in Palau
Aug 5, 2016
The Government of Palau and the United Nations Development Programme signed a milestone agreement today, in order to strengthen the capacity of local legislators and governance systems at local state levels in Palau.
Marshall Islands begins drought-related Post Disaster Needs Assessment
Aug 5, 2016
Severe drought in the Marshall Islands associated with the strong El Nino, led to the call for a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA). The assessment is not only the first for the Marshall Islands, it’s also the first for the Northern Pacific and the first assessment of an atoll country worldwide and will involve a lot of learning for the nation, the Pacific and the world.
Addressing NCDs through law, trade and sustainable development
Aug 4, 2016
Twenty legal, trade and health department representatives from across the Pacific are in Fiji this week to examine the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) burden in the region and the role of the law in preventing and controlling NCDs, particularly in the context of developing coherence between health, trade and investment laws, policies and sectors.
Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council a First for the Pacific Region
Aug 2, 2016
The recent launch of the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council is a concrete step towards meaningfully engaging the private sector in the Government’s disaster emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities.
New UN Peacebuilding programme launched in the Solomon Islands
Jul 15, 2016
Today, the Honourable Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare launched the new United Nations Peacebuilding Programme designed to support national efforts towards sustainable peace and stability in the Solomon Islands.
Making Financial and Business Training Accessible to Rural and Part-Time Market Vendors
Jul 11, 2016
Saturday is market day for many part-time market vendors, and a long one for many who would start their travel to the market the night before. Elenoa Tabua of Korovou village in Naitasiri, leaves her home at 11pm every Friday to travel about 50 kilometers to the Suva Municipal Market located in the capital, more than an hour’s travel by road, to allow her enough time at the market to organize her produce of ota, dalo and moli.