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Traditional knowledge as a powerful lever for climate resilience

In December 2019, the UN Development Programme Pacific Office in Fiji through the Accelerator Lab Pacific embarked on an experiment to understand the interplay between traditional knowledge, cultural…  


Why my work at UNDP is a passion. A personal story as a member of a traditional fisher tribe.

Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. I love and enjoy the work I do, especially since through our UN Development Programme projects, we…  


Climate action builds momentum in the Pacific amidst COVID-19

Many countries across the globe are beginning to resurface from lockdowns and strict social distancing measures, confronting the three-dimensional effects (social, economic, and environmental) of the…  


Life after Ambae volcanic eruption

Three years after the Manaro Voui crater volcanic eruption in Ambae, Vanuatu in 2017, some Ambae families are still displaced in nearby Santo and Maewo islands with very little to return to and…  


Connecting the dots to ensure access to justice and social protections in Fiji’s response to COVID19

As I drove up from the main corridor connecting Suva to it satellite town of Nasinu, the sun poked gently through deeply charcoaled clouds, creating just a little patch of blue sky while rain fell…  


Impact of COVID-19; Lessons in Resilience in the Pacific

The global impacts of COVID-19 are unprecedented and extend beyond the realm of health into the social, economic and psychological aspects of people's lives. Although the number of infections in…  


How Vanuatu ran a successful election during a pandemic: lessons learnt

A few days prior to its general election day in Vanuatu in March, the volcano on Tanna island showed increased activity and an earthquake hit the country. Cyclone Gretel followed and impacted…  


FSM Congress becomes the first Pacific legislature to convene a virtual session

Human rights become more relevant when they are most in danger, the German-American philosopher, Hannah Arendt, had said. In a similar vein, the relevance of parliaments’ increases during a crisis.…  


Traditional knowledge, social resilience and women’s empowerment are keys to cultivating sustainable communities

The early morning Fiji sun shimmers. We turn off the Queens highway and drive along a winding dirt road. We are driving to Vusama, located on the South West coast of Fiji’s main Island Viti Levu, to…  


“Climate Tragedy: If We Drown Tuvalu, We Drown the Entire World”

Tuvalu, a dot on the globe, but home to 11,500 people and 1000 km away from the next ATM , face an existential threat. Climate induced hazards such as rising sea levels, cyclones, tsunamis, droughts,…  

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