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
COVID-19: Human development on course to decline this year for the first time since 1990
Concerted action with a focus on equity could still limit the impacts of this unprecedented crisis: closing the digital divide would reduce by more than two-thirds the number of children currently not learning because of school closures.
Local COVID-19 response projects in Fiji and Vanuatu to benefit from UNDP’s support
The Pacific Response: Sustainable Livelihoods Challenge, launched on 24 April 2020, came to a successful conclusion on Friday 22 May 2020, with several innovative social impact projects emerging as winners. The initiative provides technical and financial support to local entrepreneurs and experts in Fiji and Vanuatu in developing and implementing solutions that will assist the most vulnerable individuals or groups cope with the adverse socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
United Nations launches global initiative to combat misinformation
Today the United Nations launched ‘Verified’, an initiative to combat the growing scourge of COVID-19 misinformation by increasing the volume and reach of trusted, accurate information.
COVID-19 Recovery Must Deliver Universal Health Insurance, Safety Nets and Affordable Internet Access, says UNDP
Governments must dramatically overhaul policies and invest in public health, economic stimulus, and social safety nets, to help countries recover faster from the COVID-19 pandemic, says a new report from UNDP.
COVID-19: Looming crisis in developing countries threatens to devastate economies and ramp up inequality
The growing COVID-19 crisis threatens to disproportionately hit developing countries, not only as a health crisis in the short term but as a devastating social and economic crisis over the months and years to come.
UN to launch biggest ever global conversation on the world's future starting in the Pacific
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has announced that next year’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations will feature a large and inclusive global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want. The Pacific has been selected as one of the first regions in the world to pilot the UN75 local dialogues starting in January 2020.The UN75 initiative seeks to spark dialogue and action on how we can build a better world despite the many challenges we face. The aim is to reach the global public; to listen to their hopes and fears; and to learn from their experiences.
New UNDP Report: Human Development in Asia-Pacific region advances dramatically, but unevenly
The Human Development Report, which pioneers a more rounded way to measure countries’ progress beyond just economic growth, says that as the gap in basic standards is narrowing, with an unprecedented number of people escaping poverty, hunger and disease, the necessities to thrive have evolved. The next generation of inequalities is opening up, particularly around technology, education, and the climate crisis.