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Shank's pony to deliver voting materials

In Vanuatu, with its many isolated rural villages and lack of all-weather roads, it is often very difficult for goods and Government services to be accessed by remote Ni-Vanuatu communities.  


Pacific civil society and illustrators becoming public finance management experts

More than 50 civil society organization (CSO) representatives and illustrators from Fiji, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea are on their way to being experts as they proceed into…  


UNDP, PIF and UK Government call for increased effectiveness of climate finance in the Pacific

UNDP in partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum and the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office have released a discussion paper which highlights some of the issues on climate…  


Young entrepreneurs meet in Savai’i to strengthen business ethics and tackle corruption

Samoan young entrepreneurs are meeting in Savai’i today to explore the role they can play in strengthening ethics, internal business control mechanisms and compliance in their local businesses.  


Water security interventions in RMI commences

The UN Development Programme is supporting the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands through the RMI Water Security Project to implement water security interventions that will…  


Parliament Open Day to commemorate Vanuatu’s Constitution Day

With the theme “Strengthening our Parliament in the spirit of our Constitution”, Parliament is hosting this event to bring awareness to the role of Parliament as a democratic institution and the…  


UNDP launches national graduate initiative through UN Volunteers

UNDP and UN Volunteers programme have launched a new graduate initiative, with funding support provided by the Government of Australia, to support the Solomon Islands Electoral Office and the Office…  


New Public Solicitor’s Office branch in Munda to cater to the Western Province

More people in the Western Province, will be able to access legal information and services with the opening of the new Public Solicitor’s Office branch in Munda.  


Building effective Provincial Youth Councils

The UN Development Programme, in cooperation with the National Youth Congress and the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, led the process of revitalizing the Provincial Youth…  


Pacific media leaders meet to tackle corruption

Pacific Island media CEOs and owners are meeting in the Solomon Islands and online from today to consider how they can better support anti-corruption reporting in their local media.  


Climate finance effectiveness in the Pacific: are we on the right track?

The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UK Government hosted a Talanoa event, titled Climate Finance Effectiveness in the Pacific:…  


REACH integrated service delivery scaled up for inclusive COVID-19 responses in Fiji and Tonga

The integrated public service delivery in Fiji and Tonga, better known as the REACH project, is being scaled up with funding support provided by the Government of Japan to assist the government…  


Risk Informing Development Programmes to improve food security in provincial areas

The Government of Solomon Islands through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) hosted a one-day workshop with key government stakeholders on 25 August 2021, to discuss the inclusion of…  


Enhancing youth participation in peacebuilding

The UN Development Programme and International Labor Organization (ILO), in partnership with the Government of Solomon Islands, have transferred 20 youth caucuses from the grassroots at the community…  


Tonga and UNDP discuss partnership and pandemic recovery

The UN Development Programme and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga held their first Annual Programme Review meeting yesterday afternoon. Ms. Manakovi Pahulu, Tonga’s CEO for Justice, co-chaired…  


New partnership for Fiji’s effective border services in COVID-19 response and recovery

The Fijian Government is undertaking a new initiative to strengthen its border service provision and management in its efforts to improve COVID-19 response at the borders and prepare for a potential…  


Reconciling customary land and peacebuilding in Solomon Islands

Three customary landholding groups in Masupa Village in the East ‘Are’are region of Malaita Province received their certificates of land recording completion in a hand-over ceremony today. The…  


Boosting Solomon Islands Government’s disaster response capability

Australia, in partnership with UNDP and the National Disaster Management Office, has strengthened the capacity of Provincial Disaster Management Offices in Central, Makira and Temotu to respond to…  


UNDP launches Small Grants Initiative to support resilient community development

The Initiative, developed by the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji through the Governance for Resilient Development in the Pacific (Gov4Res) Project, will finance a range of development projects which will…  


UNDP and Nauru affirm their partnership

Senior officials from UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji and the Government of Nauru sat down on Wednesday morning (18 August) at different tables across the Pacific with the idea of coming together…  


UK Government to support UNDP prevent and fight corruption in the Pacific

The UK is providing £364,000 in funding to UNDP as part of the UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) Pacific programme, which will provide £2 million in funding support across the Pacific…  


Securing our greener future

For the first time ever, the UN Development Programme Small Grants Programme in Solomon Islands handed over the certificate of afforestation project completion to its grantee, Isi Akson Theatre Art…  


Tonga and Fiji exchange lessons on the role of Ministries of Finance in risk-informing development

The Ministry of Finance in Tonga and the Ministry of Economy in Fiji shared approaches and lessons learned in their role of risk informing development into central finance systems and financing…  


Women entrepreneurs meet in Savai’i to strengthen ethics and compliance

Samoan women entrepreneurs are meeting in Savai’i today to share their experiences in strengthening internal business control mechanisms, ethics and compliance in women-owned/managed businesses.  


Budget briefing key for inclusive and transparent national decision-making

A budget briefing session was conducted online today with Civil Society Organizations. Discussions centered on the overall analysis and a few thematic budget items namely, COVID-19, gender equality…  


Online legal aid services available for gender-based violence survivors in Tonga

An online legal aid services launched in Tonga will enable survivors of domestic violence or gender-based violence to access justice with a more comprehensive legal support. The digital platform was…  


Solid partnership between UNDP, ADB and SPC will build resilient recovery capacities in the Pacific, says Hon. Inia Seruiratu

The UNDP-ADB partnership project will focus on Enhancing Resilient Recovery Capacity and provides the renewed opportunity to engage and partner with regional partners such as the Pacific Community…  


Sustaining peace through customary land recording

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Solomon Islands, in partnership with the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey, has supported the customary land recording in selected locations in Western,…  


Video-Recorded Interviews by Fiji Police Force to strengthen human rights protection

The Fiji Police Force is scaling up its initiative to strengthen early access to justice through implementing Video-Recorded Interviews. The digital equipment for video recording, which is based on…  


Statement by Achim Steiner at the conclusion of the G20 Meeting

Mr. Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator and representative of the UN at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Government Governors Meeting held in Venice, Italy, issued the following statement at the…  


Pursuing professional goals: UNDP launches a series of youth empowerment talks

Around 20 young people were part of the Youth Empowerment Talk organized by the UN Development Programme in Solomon Islands at the youth co-working space IumiWaka. This was the first of the YEP Talks…  


Aspiring to a Resilient Pacific: Conveying our optimism for the future

Despite the great challenges of 2020, UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji remains undeterred in its mission to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The wide-ranging impacts of the global…  


Celebrating women’s leadership in Solomon Islands

The UN Development Programme, SolRice, and the Government of Australia have joined forces to acknowledge women’s leadership and their role in achieving social change through the dissemination of 85…  


Empowering Solomon Islands' youth to promote peace and resilience

The UN Development Programme and International Labor Organization, in partnership with the Government of Solomon Islands, are empowering youth and promoting their role as agents of peace and…  


New National Emergency Operations Center in Palau

A new National Emergency Operations Center in Palau will enhance the country’s capacity for disaster preparedness and response. A retrofit of the Center, which was initiated in October 2020 has been…  


From insights to action: harnessing Solomon Islands’ digital potential for development

The UN Development Programme in Solomon Islands, in cooperation with the Office of Prime Minister (OPM), is conducting the Digital Readiness Assessment, which will assess the digital capacities of the…  


Fiji Government and UNDP reaffirm cooperation towards resilient development

The Fiji Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management and UNDP have reaffirmed their commitment and cooperation towards resilient development in Fiji.  


New Pacific university anti-corruption course launched

The University of the South Pacific, in partnership with the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project, today launched a new Pacific-wide anti-corruption course to improve understanding…  


Value of UNDP-Palau Partnership confirmed by Vice-President Sengebau Senior

The UN Development Programme and the Government of Palau held their Annual Programme Review meeting on Tuesday 15 June. Senior officials from the UNDP Pacific Office participated in the virtual…  


Pacific countries set to sign onto new international integrity commitments

Pacific countries have the opportunity to bring their strong regional commitments on anti-corruption to this week’s United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly with online and in-person…  


New off-road vehicles to accelerate malaria elimination in Vanuatu

Two new Land Cruiser pick-up trucks and four quad-bikes were officially handed over today to the Vanuatu Ministry of Health by UNDP as part of ongoing efforts to accelerate towards malaria elimination…  


First Partnership Summit between UNDP and Federated States of Micronesia

The UN Development Programme and the Government of Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) held their first Annual Programme Review (APR) meeting virtually on Thursday 27 May. The online summit included…  


Key role for Pacific media in making corruption commitments accountable

Pacific journalists will have a key role in making sure commitments by governments at next week’s United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly (UNGASS) on anti-corruption are going to be…  


FSM officials boost COVID-19 procurement oversight

In an effort to step up their mitigation of potential corruptions risks in public procurement in response to COVID-19, government officials in the Federated States of Micronesia went through a…  


Strengthening people with disabilities right for inclusive and resilient communities

The UN Development Programme Solomon Islands, under the Outstanding Women initiative, has launched a series of dialogues to discuss community priority issues, including women’s empowerment and social…  


FSM Congress advances its digital capacity to continue functioning online

The Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia has boosted its digital capacity to continue its sessions and committee meetings online, which it had started last year following the outbreak of…  


Enhancing capacity for preparedness and response to emergencies

An elliptical tanker, and a rescue fire truck are set to enhance the Palau Government’s capacity for preparedness and response to emergencies.  


Youth sport integrity, a priority in Fiji

Over 40 participants joined an online webinar this week, to look at international and regional good practices of youth engagement in integrity, along with Fiji’s current engagement in major sport…  


UNDP-Tuvalu partnership advanced through virtual discussions

A virtual high-level dialogue, known as the Annual Programme Review Meeting, was held between the UN Development Programme and the Government of Tuvalu this morning. The two parties gathered to assess…  


Financing is key for achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Kiribati

Parliamentarians have a unique opportunity and constitutional responsibility to promote and monitor the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Staff and members of Kiribati…  


Fiji Police Force receive personal protective equipment to assist the COVID-19 response

Police officers in Fiji have been on the frontline supporting government’s response measures to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring safety and security of all Fijians. They are at risk of infection…  


Innovation Lab gives Pacific youth space to develop creative solutions to corruption

Youth representatives from 15 Pacific Island countries and territories gather for the Pacific Youth Anti-Corruption Innovation Lab in Nadi, Fiji to develop innovative solutions to address corruption…  


COVID procurement under the media microscope

Pacific anti-corruption journalists investigated the mitigation of potential corruption risks in public procurement in response to COVID-19 during their latest knowledge-sharing session on 28 April,…  


COVID-19 prevention medical equipment handed to Nauru

The Nauru Government has received medical equipment and supplies crucial for its COVID-19 prevention and response. This was made possible through an initiative to support Nauru’s strategic response to…  


Aspiring youth to reduce conflict and build sustainable peace

Since March 19, the UN Development Programme in Solomon Islands, in cooperation with the Government of Solomon Islands and the International Labor Organization (ILO), is delivering a one-month…  


Palau’s first-ever digital coastal survey exercise begins

Palau has initiated its first-ever digital coastal survey exercise using a state-of-the-art remote sensing technology called Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR).  


Community Legal Advocates: Ensuring citizens know their rights and how to use them

Twelve Community Legal Advocates who are based in the provinces of Malaita, Western and Temotu have now fine-tuned their skills in basic law, legal rights, awareness raising, mediation and problem…  


UNDP and Government of Kiribati hold high-level discussions

The UN Development Programme and the Government of Kiribati’s shared commitment to building resilience, including through climate action, and engaging closely as partners dominated discussions at the…  


Supporting credible and inclusive electoral processes in the Solomon Islands

On March 26, the UN Development Programme in Solomon Islands, and the Australian High Commissioner held a handover ceremony to deliver equipment to the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission.  


Taking decisive climate action to secure a sustainable future – Climate Security in the Pacific Project

Focusing on solutions that will ensure the inclusion and active participation of women, youth, and marginalized groups and enabling them to design and implement risk management strategies effectively…  


New mobile Emergency Operation Centre to boost Solomon Islands Government’s response during disasters

The Solomon Islands Government has received a much needed boost to their disaster response efforts through the handover of a fully customized mobile Emergency Operation Centre, which will ensure…  


UNDP strengthens development partnership with Vanuatu Government

A historic first UN Development Programme annual review got underway today with the Government of Vanuatu. The UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji met virtually with representatives of the Vanuatu Government…  


Judges and Magistrates bolster people-centred justice procedure

Access to Justice is being further strengthened in Fiji through the enhanced expertise of Judges and Magistrates, who are currently attending the Family Law Workshop conducted by the Judicial…  


Right to Information and Freedom of Speech are key tools for Good Governance

The UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) joint project, and experts from…  


Kiribati’s Public Account Committee gears up to increase transparency and accountability

Members of Kiribati Parliament’s Public Accounts committee completed a two-day induction training workshop on 11 March 2021. The workshop was designed to equip the members with tools to play a more…  


UNDP digitally supports SIG Ministries respond to COVID-19 challenges

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through its digital transformation pilot initiative is supporting the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) and provincial administrations to connect…  


Additional support for Fiji’s post-disaster efforts as country recovers from Cyclone Yasa

Responding to the Fijian Government’s recovery efforts, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing additional funding support to the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster…  


Fiji youth entrepreneurs commit to integrity

Fiji youth entrepreneurs will launch their commitments to achieve greater integrity in their business operations on 8 March, building on their 2020 Business Integrity Workshops supported by the…  


UNDP calls for temporary basic income to help world’s poorest women cope with effects of COVID-19 pandemic

A temporary basic income (TBI) given specifically to hundreds of millions of women in the world’s developing countries could prevent rising poverty and widening gender inequalities during the COVID-19…  


Fiji and UN collaborate to increase impact investments in coral reefs and blue economy

Fiji is among the four countries selected to receive financing under the US$41 million portfolio to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) announced by the United Nations Joint SDG Fund…  


‘I don’t accept bribes’ Campaign: Strengthening Fiji's civil service

Fiji’s nationwide campaign aimed at building a civil service immune to bribery will begin next week. The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption in partnership with the United Nations Pacific…  


Civil Society a key stakeholder in National Budget Process

Representatives of Vanuatu’s civil society organizations (CSOs) attended a briefing on the National Budget 2021 following its adoption in December 2020. The budget briefing is a recognition of the…  


UNDP and UNODC bring international experience to the Solomon Islands Independent Commission Against Corruption

Challenges faced at the inception phases of independent commissions against corruption and best international practices were at the focus of the webinar held in Honiara on 18 February.  


Reaching the furthest behind first through the PSO Paralegals

Paralegals are an indispensable part of Solomon Islands Public Solicitor’s Office, deployed across five provinces. Their work supports the services of lawyers who supervise them, and facilitates the…  


Anti-Corruption commitment by Pacific Leaders welcomed

The decision by 18 Pacific Island Forum leaders to endorse the Teieniwa Vision as the Forum’s official regional commitment to achieve Pacific unity against Corruption has been welcomed by the United…  


CSOs and UNDP raise public awareness on anti-corruption

UNDP, via TAP has set up a grant scheme to support CSO activities in terms of awareness-raising, evidence gathering, and monitoring and evaluation activities and more generally, contributing to the…  


Palau upholds gender equality, social inclusion in disaster risk management

A training to integrate a gender, age, disability and cultural perspective in policies and practices of disaster risk management was held in Koror, Palau recently. The training was conducted by UNDP…  


Deep Dive Project takes a dive into accelerating implementation of climate change initiatives in RMI

An inception workshop for the RMI Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Deep Dive project, was held on Thursday 28 January 2021 at the International Convention Centre, Majuro. The workshop…  



UNDP & Japan seal agreement to strengthen national capacities in Government against Corruption

The Strengthening National Capacities to Combat Corruption Project in Solomon Islands is an integral part of the larger Transparency and Accountability for the People of Solomon Islands Program (TAP)…  


Kiribati Government promotes indigenous renewable energy for power and non-power applications

The POIDIER project, funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) aims to enable enhanced outer island development through the achievement of the renewable energy and energy efficiency targets of…  


RMI addresses climate vulnerability in the Water Sector

The RMI Water Security Address Climate Vulnerability in the Water Sector (ACWA) Project is an important development intervention to enhance the ability of the Marshallese to adapt to increase climate…  


Training courses benefit Fijians impacted by COVID-19

A partnership signed in July 2020 between the UN Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO), Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association…  


Project to support the achievement of Nauru's National Energy Road Map Targets

Nauru, like most Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific region, has scarce local energy resources limited to solar energy and biomass and imports most of the energy consumed from abroad.…  


Digital remote sensing technology to upscale Palau’s disaster risk management

Palau is taking an extraordinary step forward to further strengthen its disaster risk management and climate change adaptation efficiency using detailed and accurate topographic data.  


Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project empowering women and girls

Over the past years, there has been a great shift in the roles of Tuvaluan women at home, in the community, and at the national and international levels. Now, women are engaged as lawyers,…  


New digital innovation in Fiji’s Courts

In a historical move, the right to access justice and due process for the people of Fiji is being facilitated through the establishment of an electronic case management and e-filing system in Fiji’s…  


Broken societies put people and planet on collision course, says UNDP

The 30th anniversary edition of the Human Development Report introduces an experimental new lens to its annual Human Development Index.  


UNDP and NZ sign 5 million dollar partnership to support electoral processes in Vanuatu

The New Zealand Government and UNDP signed a new three and a half year electoral project that will provide crucial technical and financial assistance to the electoral authorities in Vanuatu till the…  


Tackling corruption, a key to recover with integrity

Just as Fiji stepped up efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the International Anti-Corruption Day is a reminder that to Recover with Integrity, we need to also be successful in preventing…  


Human Rights Day an important reminder for partnership to recover better

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the need for a more robust and responsive access to justice avenues, which is more important now than ever before, particularly for the most marginalized.  


Promoting human rights awareness helps communities build forward better

Community leaders from the Western Division of Fiji, including leaders of youth groups, women’s groups and faith-based organizations, Turaga- ni-Koro and Advisory Councillors, coaches and managers of…  


Legal clinic to boost services for people with disabilities in Solomon Islands

People with disabilities in Solomon Islands will benefit from a revamped legal clinic to facilitate the provision of free legal advice and representation. The legal clinic is operated by the People…  


Tsunami Preparedness Kits to benefit five Pacific island countries

The Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Palau, Tuvalu and Vanuatu will receive Tsunami Preparedness Kits earmarked for schools as part of Phase II of the Strengthening School Preparedness for…  


When disaster hits, solesolevaki fights back

Nabukelevu i-ra village located on the south western side of Kadavu with 120 households is nestled at the foot of Mount Washington and was awoken by thunder like sounds caused by a 5.3 magnitude…  


COVID-19 could push the number of people living in extreme poverty to over 1 billion by 2030, says UNDP study

With a focused set of investments towards achieving the SDGs, an additional 146 million people could be lifted out of extreme poverty compared to current COVID-19 trends.  


Climate Risk Insurance Initiative for the Pacific officially launched

In a landmark event held today, the New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, H.E. Jonathan Curr launched the Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era: Pacific Insurance and Climate Adaptation Programme.  


UNDP supports PSO drive justice to rural areas

UNDP Solomon Islands Office through the Access to Justice Project is supporting the Public Solicitor's Office with a vehicle and corresponding safety equipment to strengthen the capacity of the PSO to…  


Empowering youth to fight corruption and building sustainable peace in Solomon Islands

More than 30 provincial and ward young leaders took part in the peacebuilding and anti-corruption linking to natural resources workshop to learn about the core elements of corruption and good…  


Renewable energy for rural electrification project launched

The Solomon Islands Government through the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology and United Nations…  


Build forward better: community members to benefit from training for TC Harold recovery

In an effort to upskill the capacity of villagers in Kadavu affected by Tropical Cyclone Harold and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fiji National University will convene a Sustainable Livelihood Technical…  


Solomon Islands business owners pledge to uphold integrity in everyday operations

Recognising that inequality and corruption hinders national and local development efforts, over 30 businesswomen and men from the provinces of Solomon Islands have called for a united action from all…  


Digital development to empower Tongan gender-based violence survivors to access justice

Survivors of domestic violence and gender-based violence in Tonga are being encouraged and assisted with an online portal to make their decisions to access justice. The Tonga Family Protection Legal…  


Tonga youth take lead in disaster risk management

The involvement of youths as agents of change during early recovery efforts strengthens disaster resilience and preparedness, is a step in the right direction to achieve a sustainable future for all…  


Digital transformation to protect social and economic rights of all Fijians

The Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission and the UN Development Programme Pacific Office in Fiji have signed an agreement that will see UNDP’s support for the enhancement and development of FCCC’s…  


‘Digital’ and ‘mobile’ a new normal for resilient public service delivery in Tonga

More citizens in Tonga will enjoy efficient and resilient delivery of public services due to the increasing use of digital and mobile devices in government’s operation. This will be a ‘new normal’ as…  


UNDP supports Government and National Youth Council set up Guadalcanal Youth Council executive

The National Youth Congress, Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs and Guadalcanal Provincial Government with support from UNDP through the Inclusive Governance of Natural Resources…  


Using satellite imagery to support civil and electoral registries validation

UNOSAT and UNDP, longstanding partners, are cooperating on a new satellite imagery analysis application, through the production of maps used in the validation of the civil and electoral registries in…  


Gender Equality and Social Inclusion critical components in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change in FSM

Sixty-one participants from key national and state government agencies and civil society organizations in the Federated States of Micronesia gathered for a three-day workshop on Gender Equality and…  


Revitalization of the Provincial Youth Council for Malaita Province

UNDP through its Inclusive Governance of Natural Resources Project has provided support for the re-establishment and revitalization of Malaita Provincial Youth Council.  


UN and EU launch Spotlight Initiative Regional Pacific Programme

Today, the United Nations and the European Union (EU) launched a multi-year partnership - the Spotlight Initiative Regional Pacific Programme focused on amplifying efforts to end violence against…  


Rising to the challenge

Tuvalu a group of 9 atoll islands in the Pacific Ocean, has a large ocean territory adjoining Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis & Futuna and is home to 12,000 people.  


Integrity should not be for sale says Solomon Islands youth entrepreneur

Solomon Islands youth entrepreneurs have a key role to play in tackling corruption and building business integrity as the country strengthens its economy and tackles COVID-19, according to local…  


PSO commemorates International Day of Non-Violence across Solomon Islands

International Day of Non-Violence 2020 was commemorated today through education and community awareness. The sessions were conducted by the Public Solicitor’s Office paralegals and community legal…  


Solomon Islands Parliament charts course for the COVID-19 'new normal'

Recognising the importance of outlining a clear path towards achieving its goal of better serving Members of Parliament and its electorates, Secretariat staff of the National Parliament of Solomon…  


Community Legal Advocates deployed to strengthen access to justice in provinces

An intensive two-week training for Community Legal Advocates has been successfully conducted by the Solomon Islands Access to Justice Project, funded by the Australian Government and implemented by…  


SGP support six communities to tackle environmental threats

Many communities in the Solomon Islands face unique challenges in the protection, management and sustainable use of environmental resources.  


Solomon Islands celebrates International Day of Sign Languages

International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) was celebrated today for the first time in the Solomon Islands since IDSL’s recent establishment as an International Day in 2018 by the UN General Assembly.  


Fiji youth entrepreneurs put integrity first

Encouraging young people to start their own businesses in Fiji and operate with integrity from the outset was one of the key messages at a three-day Business Integrity for Youth Entrepreneurs Workshop…  


Strengthening disaster logistic capability at the Western border

The National Disaster Management Offices in Western and Choiseul Provinces, Solomon Islands, have received two 23-foot fibreglass boats, two 60 horsepower outboard motor engines, life jackets and…  


Women's Anti-corruption Toolkit launched in Fiji

A new Anti-corruption Toolkit for women-owned Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Fiji launched in Suva today, will offer practical guidance on what constitutes corruption in Fiji, what laws and…  


United Nations launches pioneering Climate Security Project in the Pacific supported by UN SG’s Peacebuilding Fund

The UN in partnership with the Governments of Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands launched a groundbreaking cross-border Climate Security Project in the Pacific. The USD $3.2 million project is…  


Fiji Government drives an integrated approach to rural and maritime development

The Fiji Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management have embarked on the development of a 10-Year Resilient Strategic Development Plan that will ensure that rural and maritime…  


Digital finance, a lifeline during COVID-19 crisis, can deliver long-term financing of the Sustainable Development Goals

Unleashing potential of digital finance could have transformational impact on sustainable development says group of financial, business, government and development leaders convened by the UN…  


Strengthening Palau’s disaster response and resilience to hazards

The UN Development Programme, in unison with the Government of Japan and the Government of Palau, are forging ahead to achieve long-term disaster and climate resilience for Palau, despite the…  


Five new medical ventilators officially handed over to the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health

Five new medical ventilators have been officially handed to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services this morning to strengthen its COVID-19 preparedness.  


Kiribati MPs induction was timely, comprehensive and productive – Speaker Hon. Reete

Members of the Maneaba ni Maungatabu (Kiribati House of Assembly) underwent a three-day induction programme, designed to equip new and returning members with key skills related to the work and role of…  


UNDP-SPC partnership set to make immediate impact on quality and accessibility of Pacific data

The UN Development Programme and the Pacific Community launched a new partnership, which will strengthen regional efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and support the national…  


Film screening and awareness mark International Youth Day

Utilizing young people’s potential as agents of change requires involving and empowering them in development, policies and supporting their participation at all levels.  


UNDP support Vanuatu Tropical Cyclone Harold recovery

As the world grapples with the devasting effects of COVID-19, the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji has reaffirmed its continued support to the Government of Vanuatu dealing with the loss and destruction…  


New Zealand boost anti-corruption efforts in the Pacific

A new Pacific-wide anti-corruption partnership has been launched between the Government of New Zealand and the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, in an effort to…  


United Nations announces virtual concert to unite Pacific region in the fight against COVID-19

The United Nations has announced Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together, a first-of-its-kind televised and digitally streamed concert that will call on leaders and citizens across the region to work…  


Access to Justice Project supports the Public Solicitor’s Office to develop five-year strategic plan

The Australian Government funded Solomon Islands Access to Justice Project, is jointly implemented by UNDP and Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, with a focus on strengthening the capacity of the…  


Civil society a key stakeholder in the National Budget process

Representatives of Fiji’s Civil Society Organisations (CSO) attended a briefing on the National Budget in Suva today following its announcement last week, in recognition of the crucial role they play…  


Temporary Basic Income to protect the world's poorest people could slow the surge in COVID-19 cases, says UNDP

The report, Temporary Basic Income: Protecting Poor and Vulnerable People in Developing Countries estimates that it would cost from $199 billion per month to provide a time-bound, guaranteed basic…  


Progress against the multiple dimensions of poverty was made before the pandemic – but now it is at risk

The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that we need to look beyond income to tackle poverty in all its forms.  


Pacific Early Recovery Funds to boost recovery efforts in six Pacific Island Countries

The UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji through the Pacific Early Recovery Funds, is assisting Tropical Cyclone Harold Early Recovery efforts in Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; and Tropical Cyclone…  


Consultations on Traditional Governance Bill conducted in Auki, Malaita

Indigenous Solomon Islanders since the immemorial have always lived under their own systems of governance within their own customary jurisdictions. In the early days, these systems facilitated the…  


Sai Prema Foundation Fiji partners with UNDP to further its work towards the Global Goals

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji and the Sai Prema Foundation Fiji, signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, that will become the framework of collaboration in…  


Partnership to assist tourism employees impacted by COVID-19

A unique partnership between UNDP, UNCDF, the Pacific Tourism Organisation, Australia Pacific Training Coalition and Fiji Hotels and Tourism Association has been cemented today.  


UNDP supports COVID-19 resilient health systems response in Fiji

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji and the Fijian Government, through the Ministries of Economy and Health and Medical Services, have sealed a new partnership to…  


Digital services provide prisoners with access to justice during the COVID-19 pandemic

Prisoners have been able to meet their children, spouses, siblings and parents living in Fiji and overseas through the video conferencing facilities. For many of them, they have not been able to see…  


UNDP launches new webinar series to promote parliamentary innovation and response during COVID-19 in the Pacific

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji has launched a new webinar series, to highlight and promote parliamentary innovation and response to the coronavirus (COVID-19)…  


New partnership for Fiji’s security sector governance launched

A new project was signed today between the Government of New Zealand, the Fiji Police Force and UNDP. The Fiji Police Force Support Project is a four-year project of US$ 4.2 million (FJ$ 9.2 million),…  


UN Secretary-General calls on the global community to expand digital cooperation

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres presented today a set of recommended actions for the international community to help ensure all people are connected, respected, and protected in the…  


2020 Human Development Report to focus on meeting people’s aspirations in balance with the planet

COVID-19 and its unprecedented effects on human development are a wake-up call to the potential consequences for people’s wellbeing from the relentless pressure we are placing on nature and the…  


Pacific women receive training boost through new ANZ and UNDP financial literacy partnership

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced a new partnership to deliver ANZ’s adult financial education programmes,…  


UNDP: Governments must lead fight against coronavirus misinformation and disinformation

Governments must step up to lead the fight against a growing tide of false, inflammatory and misleading information that threatens to worsen the already severe impacts of the virus, according to UNDP.…  


New regional solarisation project to improve resilience in the Pacific

A regional initiative signed in Suva will see Solar Photovoltaic systems installed on buildings of national significance. The PIDF, UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji and the UN Resident Coordinator, MCO…  


Vanuatu MPs undergo induction for new term of Parliament

Newly elected Members of the Vanuatu Parliament are currently undergoing a five-day induction programme aimed at equipping MPs to better understand and effectively perform their role as legislators.  


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…  


Tonga Legislative Assembly organizes first-ever budget briefing for CSOs

In a historical move, the Legislative Assembly of Tonga has for the first time organized a budget briefing for representatives of Tonga’s civil society organizations. The briefing was held in…  


UNDP hands over equipment for Tropical Cyclone Harold recovery in Fiji

UNDP has handed over US$51,000 worth of equipment’s and tools to the Government of Fiji to support disaster recovery efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Harold, one of the most severe…  


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: 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…  


Anti-corruption partnership to skill the Pacific’s future workforce

A new Pacific anti-corruption partnership in vocational training is being launched in Fiji this week, created by the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project and the Australia Pacific…  


Integrated public service delivery combats COVID-19 crisis

Residents of Jittu Estate, one of Suva’s largest informal settlements and home to over 3,000 people, made good use of the delivery of public information and services which support their daily lives,…  


UNDP hands over personal protective equipment boosting Nauru COVID-19 preparations

The Nauru High Commission in Fiji received a donation of Personal Protective Equipment consisting of gloves, sanitizers and masks from UNDP, through the RESPAC project. Among other priorities, the…  


Access to information is critical in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

The deaf community in Fiji now have access to news and critical and accurate information relating to the Coronavirus pandemic through the availability of sign language interpreters on the two national…  


Pacific parliaments overcome physical barriers to support budget analysis in Tonga

In preparation for the tabling of the 2020-2021 national budget, which will also include the appropriation for the COVID-19 stimulus package, the Legislative Assembly of Tonga is benefiting from the…  


Preventing corruption a priority during COVID-19

Adopting comprehensive auditing, oversight, accountability and reporting mechanisms to monitor the disbursement process is one of the key recommendations to prevent corruption in the Pacific during…  


Strengthening Palau’s operational capacity and response to disasters

The United Nations Development Programme together with the people of Japan and the Government of Palau are on a solid path to achieving long term climate resilience and sustainable livelihoods for the…  


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…  


COVID-19: Samoa Parliament to continue crucial functions despite pandemic, thanks to over USD$100,000 video-conferencing solutions

The Legislative Assembly of Samoa in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, has risen to the challenge by quickly adapting the way it is conducting its business and moving part of its work online with…  


EU-funded helpline in Fiji provides counseling to people on COVID-19

Empower Pacific has opened counselling helplines where expert counsellors are responding to calls from all over Fiji 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This helpline counselling service aims to…  


Strengthening Fiji’s disaster response and preparedness

The Government of Fiji through the NDMO in partnership with the Pacific Humanitarian Team and civil society partners convened to discuss the development of Fiji’s Country Preparedness Package that…  


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…  


Fiji's National Disaster Management Office receives much needed equipment from UNDP

The National Disaster Management Office in Fiji received a donation of 12 laptops from UNDP's RESPAC project to assist in their efforts to effectively communicate to all stakeholders whilst…  


Regional directors solidify their commitment to work together to restrain spread of COVID-19

In the spirit of regionalism, the Directors of National Disaster Management in the region have solidified their commitment to working together to restrain the spread of COVID-19 in the Pacific.  


Samoa and Fiji Police partner to advance human rights in the Pacific

The Fiji Police Force is partnering with Samoa’s Ministry of Police to carry out a five-day training this week, in a bid to enhance access to justice for arrested and detained persons, and prevent…  


Regional meet reflects on performance and cooperation for Pacific parliaments

Representative of Legislatures of five Pacific countries and territories agreed to continue regional cooperation for strengthening legislative performance.  


Needs, perceptions and experiences of Solomon Islands justice sector revealed in Access to Justice Study

Solomon Islanders continue to rely on the traditional justice system however, strong appreciation and trust in justice institutions is clear with suggestions for an increased presence by state…  


Communities gain information and access to services through REACH pilot programme

Communities in Lapaha District and Hihifo District are now more aware of services provided by government and civil society organisations and were able to access them with ease this week without…  


Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge calling on young innovators to design solutions to improve education, employment and civic empowerment launches in the Solomon Islands

The challenge aims to inspire young people who have brilliant ideas, but not the resources to bring them to life. This includes youth who face daily discrimination due to their ethnicity, their gender…  


UN launches world’s biggest survey of public opinion on climate change

Today, celebrities and youth activists met with UN officials, governments and civil society to launch Mission 1.5, a campaign that aims to bridge the gap between people and governments on ambitious…  


Enhancing disaster and climate resilience in Palau

In a concerted effort to mitigate and enhance disaster and climate resilience in Palau, representatives and key stakeholders from UNDP, SPC and NEMO have agreed to collaborate more effectively and…  


Partnerships with CSOs accelerate action for effective access to justice

The key role played by civil society organisations in supporting people’s ability to effectively access justice in Fiji cannot be overemphasized. The EU and UNDP are providing support to CSOs to…  


Kadavu youth standing up for human rights to end violence against women in Fiji

This year’s Human Rights Day focuses on Youth Standing Up for Human Rights. It aims to celebrate the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range…  


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…  


Integrating climate information into the decision-making process

The Fiji National Climate Forum currently underway in Nadi will focus on weather and climate predictions, identifying measures that can be taken by stakeholders to mitigate potentially negative…  


Infrastructure development transforms lives in rural communities in Pentecost

A new climate resilient infrastructure development at Bwatnapni, will allow residents in Pentecost in the Penama Province to access markets, safe and clean drinking water and an Evacuation Centre. The…  


Justice sector collaborates to implement the Solomon Islands Access to Justice Project

Justice sector collaboration was the focus of an initiation workshop by the Public Solicitor’s Office and supported by the United Nations Development Programme and the Australian Government.  


Strengthened Oversight of Public Finance Management System by Parliaments Crucial

The capacity development support for Members of Parliament and representatives of SAIs is an integral in supporting the human development needs as well as the aspirations of meeting the Sustainable…  


UNDP and Stakeholders Validate Schools Re-thinking Plastic Initiative Final Report

Coping with increasing use of single plastic products and managing waste is a growing concern for Honiara city. As this trial shows, changing behavior and raising awareness offers new ways for…  


New Head of UNDP in Asia Pacific Region ready to support countries accelerate on their sustainable development pathways

Ms. Wignaraja, who is from Sri Lanka, was appointed as Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant Administrator of the UNDP by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. She brings to the…  


Risk informed development that is climate sensitive and socially inclusive is sustainable

Pacific Island countries are facing considerable development challenges due to the increasing impacts of climate change and extreme geo-hazard events. Development must be risk informed to reduce…  


Pacific Government Audit Offices’ Performance Results Analysed

Five audit offices in the Pacific undertook a review of their operations using the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions performance measurement framework .  


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…  


Police Force encourages more women leaders

Empowering women to become future leaders in the Police Force is the focus of a leadership training organized by the Fiji Police Women’s Network. The workshop is conducted by the FPWN with support…  


Under representation of women in Pacific Parliaments a critical issue

While women make up 50 percent of global population, they are still not able to take up their rightful place in national parliaments across the region to review and vote on national laws, development…  


Schools rethinking plastic – what we learned during the trial of this initiative

Five schools in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, have completed a trial on the alternative use of single use plastic which aims to provide insight on how behavior influences habits regarding…  


Training on ‘Mandela Rules’ and inspections of places of detention in Fiji

The Association for the Prevention of Torture, facilitated a three-day training to members of the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission and the Fiji Corrections Service on the United…  


UN works to provide integrated support to the Solomon Islands as it prepares to graduate from Least Developed Country status

The United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Least Developed Country Graduation, in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government, held a two-day workshop to kick-start the process of preparing for…  


Outreach services REACH Ha'apai and Vavaʻu remote communities

The islands of Ha’apai and Vava’u have welcomed the successful Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) pilot outreach programme delivering justice, and government services to remote communities in…  


Study reveals justice needs and satisfaction in Fiji

Every year approximately 100,000 Fijians encounter a legal problem and need access to mechanisms that lead to fair resolutions. This was revealed by the Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Fiji Report…  


Effective Citizen Engagement Key to Avoiding Disconnect with Parliaments

In a first for the region, representatives of 11 Pacific parliaments responsible for citizen engagement, education and outreach gathered in Samoa for a workshop aimed at enhancing their public…  


Concerted effort to strengthen Tonga’s law and justice sector underway

The development of Tonga’s law and justice sector-wide plan has kick-started with the establishing of close partnerships between Tonga’s law and justice institutions and organizations.  


Arming human rights advocates for communities

Fijians should know their rights and should be empowered to exercise these rights. This is the goal of an initiative being undertaken by members of Community Advocates for Human Rights and Access to…  


Inclusiveness of Political Parties Discussed at Regional Conference

The third regional Political Parties Conference is currently underway in Honiara, Solomon Islands to develop broad outreach strategies that will engage youth, women and minority groups.  


Governance Clinic to Boost Citizen Engagement in Local Governance

A governance clinic planned for Aimeliik State, the administrative division of the island country of Palau, aims to increase the understanding of local residents on the roles and responsibilities of…  


Kiribati Audit Office undergoes first performance assessment

In a first of its kind for Kiribati, a review team from the Pacific Supreme Audit Institution have assessed the relative importance and performance dimension of the Kiribati Audit Office.  


New report takes stock of RMI's development finance

The Marshall Islands Government in partnership with UNDP launched a Development Finance Assessment Report that maps a broad range of past, current, and anticipated sources of development finance…  


Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in RMI

UNDP along with the Government of the Republic of Marshall Islands conducted its inaugural project inception and Board meeting in Majuro, on 30 August 2019 for the Disaster Risk Management project,…  


Integrating SDGs into the work of Parliament key to meeting aspirations of people

The Sustainable Development Goals, as a representation of needs and aspirations of people, requires the full engagement and commitment of Parliaments.  


Enabling marginalized and remote communities to access legal aid in the Pacific

Improved access to legal aid and justice services for remote populations in the Pacific will be a key issue to be addressed at the Pacific Regional Legal Aid Conference currently underway at the Coral…  


Five Schools Trial Solutions to Reduce Plastics

Five Honiara schools are trying for 10 weeks to replace single-use plastics in their lunch service through a new waste management initiative.  


UNDP launches Accelerator Lab for the Pacific

It’s the dawn of a new era for innovation in the Pacific. Today, the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji launches it’s first-ever Accelerator Lab for the Pacific region. The Accelerator Labs represent UNDP’s…  


People centered approach adopted in development of Curricula at Fiji Police Academy

The Fiji Police Force today launched two curricula for inclusion in courses at Recruit, Investigator and Supervisory levels at the Fiji Police Academy. The subject matter of the curricula focuses on…  


Development of Curriculum for Fiji Police to Boost Standards of Practice

In recognition of the evolving professional requirements of Police, the Fiji Police Force and other justice stakeholders have embarked on a two-week curriculum development effort to improve early…  


Fiji’s progress in people’s access to justice shared in an international network

Access to justice in Fiji has been further strengthened through fostering mutual learning and knowledge sharing to promote effective legal aid services at the global level.  


SAI Fiji gathers performance feedback through the SAI PMF assessment

A performance assessment of the Republic of Fiji’s Supreme Audit Institution has been purposefully conducted to provide objective baseline information on the institution’s performance, which is built…  


Keeping the Tradition Alive

As part of the national celebrations to mark Environment Week and World Biodiversity Day, the women of Funafuti in Tuvalu, gather to show the youth why their recipes and traditional food are still…  


Global Green Climate Fund pours US$18.6 million towards water resilience in the Marshall Islands

The Green Climate Fund has today approved US$18.6 million in financing to the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), supporting the low-lying atoll nation in adapting to increasing climate risks,…  


Extra funding boosts efforts to provide ID Cards for all Vanuatu citizens

The Government of New Zealand is providing an extra contribution of almost USD1.1 million to UNDP's Vanuatu Electoral Environment Project to support Vanuatu in implementing an unprecedented…  


Vanuatu to Launch Nationwide Civil and Voter Registration

A comprehensive nationwide Civil and Voter Registration initiative will be launched in Vanuatu that will allow its citizens to possess their first ever national identification cards, which will…  


Fiji PAC Workshop to Enhance Accountability and Transparency

Members of the Fiji Public Accounts Committee participated in a second series of workshops to build their capacity in better understanding their financial oversight role within the legislative…  


Supplementary Budget Analysis Benefits Vanuatu Members of Parliament

Vanuatu members of parliament participated in a briefing on the 2019 Supplementary Budget with the support of researchers from the Parliaments of Samoa, Australia and New Zealand through the…  


Judicial Department Strategic Plan 2019-2023 launched

The development and publication of the Judicial Department Strategic Plan 2019-2023 was undertaken by the Judicial Department of Fiji, with support from the Fiji Access to Justice Project, which is…  


Equator Prize 2019 winners announced for local innovative climate solutions

UNDP and partners announced today the winners of the 10th Equator Prize, recognizing 22 local and indigenous communities from across the world. The winning organizations, which showcase innovative,…  


Legislative Assembly of Samoa to receive Independent Analysis of the 2019 – 2020 National Budget

The Legislative Assembly of Samoa is currently benefiting from a regional initiative called the Pacific Floating Budget Office. The initiative sees researchers from sister parliaments in Fiji, Papua…  


Solomon Islands Members of Parliament Complete 3-day Induction Programme

Newly elected Members of the 11th National Parliament of Solomon Islands have just completed a three-day induction programme focusing on their professional development.  


‘REACH’ mobile service delivery – taking stock for future

Seventeen communities in the Kingdom of Tonga have benefited from the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion community outreach program that reaches those farthest behind.  


New Study Shines Light on Justice Sector

Initial findings from a national survey of access to justice show that citizens commonly rely on traditional authorities to resolve disputes and want stronger links to the formal justice system.  


Fiji Parliament Launches Guide to Mainstreaming Global Goals within Parliament Committee work

Building on previous efforts of strengthening the oversight, scrutiny of laws and representation role of the legislature, the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji with its partners, today launched a…  


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.  


Suva Court Helpdesk provides improved services to citizens

The Judicial Department of Fiji has established a Court Helpdesk with assistance from the European Union as part of the Fiji Access to Justice Project implemented by the United Nations Development…  


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.  


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…  


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…  


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…  


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 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…  


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.  


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.  


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…  


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…  


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…  


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…  


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.  


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…  


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…  


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.  


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…  


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…  


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…  


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.  


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…  


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.  


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…  


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…  


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.  


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…  


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…  


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…  


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…  


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.  


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…  


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 the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Climate Early Warning…  


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…  


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

A 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…  


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…  


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…  


Practice Parliament boosts women’s confidence as 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 Practice…  


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…  


Graphic design contest launched to raise NCD awareness

The Pacific Community (SPC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji through the Wake Up! Project are launching a graphic design contest for youth from the Pacific to…  


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…  


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 through its Ministry of Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives today signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on an initiative that will seek…  


“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.  


Projects targeting environmental conservation launched in 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.  


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.  


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…  


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…  


Launch of the Fiji Access to Justice Assessment

On 1 March 2018, the Judicial Department and the Legal Aid Commission officially launched the Access to Justice Assessment with funding from the European Union (EU). Strengthening access to justice,…  


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 (UNDP) which will allow its current parliamentary development work to be scaled up and…  


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

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…  


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…  


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 (SDGs), a second debate, on Thursday 8th February, brought together people to openly discuss issues…  


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 on 8th February 2018.  


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 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.  


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 (UNDP) through a three-year Parliament strengthening project with funding from the…  


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…  


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,…  


Strengthening Public Accounts committees considered at South-South exchange

Strengthening the functioning of Public Accounts Committees (PAC) is essential for Pacific Parliaments to effectively scrutinize public finances.  


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…  


New ballot boxes boosts Vanuatu’s Electoral Office

The Vanuatu Electoral office received a boost in operations with the hand-over of 100 international standard ballot boxes which will be used in the scheduled March 2018 Port Vila municipal elections. …  


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.  


Effective communications systems increase resilience of vulnerable communities

In the pursuit to improve the flow of disaster-related information that will progress the resilience of vulnerable communities, the Disaster Resilience for Pacific Small Island Developing States…  


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.  


Prioritizing community needs after disasters

Community and government representatives from all four states of the Federated States of Micronesia, recently gathered to discuss how to prioritize community recovery issues following a disaster.  


Fiji and 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…  


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…  


Gender and protection must be central to climate change adaptation

Reducing the risks from climate change and disasters would be futile if it does not reduce the risks to those who are most disproportionately impacted.  


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

UNDP fosters an enabling environment for young innovators through its National Dialogue on Youth Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Vanuatu  


More youth 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…  


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.  


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…  


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.  


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 youth

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.  


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 (UN-PRAC) Project, in partnership with the Pacific Integrity Network and the Office of the Ombudsman Tonga, opened a three-day Advanced…  


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.  


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…  


Women Clerks and Deputy Clerks Meeting aims to address gender inequalities

Pacific women that serve as Clerks or Deputy Clerks in their respective countries, are in a unique position to not only promote gender equality in the workplace but also in the work of Parliament.  


South Pacific Tourism Organisation joins forces with UNDP to promote green tourism in the Pacific

A new partnership has been formed between the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote green tourism in the region.  


Tuvalu’s climate resilience shored up with launch of US$38.9 million adaptation project

First Green Climate Fund-financed project to launch in the Pacific will focus on reducing coastal vulnerability and building Tuvalu’s long-term capability to fight climate change.  


Youth raise awareness on non-communicable diseases at workshop in Noumea

Youth from Pacific Island countries and territories have gathered in Noumea, New Caledonia this week for a five-day media and communications training on Noncommunicable Diseases (NDCs).  


Report highlights the level of financial inclusion in Tonga is comparable to other Pacific Islands

The Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, Sione Ngongo Kioa and the Pacific Financial Inclusion Program (PFIP) released the Financial Services Demand Side Survey Report for Tonga this week.  


Fiji Ministry of Education takes up stewardship of Financial Education Programme

Born out of a regional goal to increase financial competency in the Pacific, the Fiji Financial Education (FinEd) Project has been a global best practice for financial education in schools.  


Parliament plays central role in sustainable development

The key functions of Parliament in the scrutiny of legislation, representation and oversight, underscores its central role in the sustainable development agenda.  


Workshop for judges and magistrates to upgrade skills and knowledge on Criminal Law

Strengthening of the rule of law in Fiji and improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the justice sector by enhancing the capacity of Fiji's Judges and Magistrates to deliver access to…  


Businesses help build more resilient communities through combined efforts

Tropical Cyclone experiences in Vanuatu have proven the need to have partnerships at all levels in managing the impacts of disasters.  


Tuvalu launches new coastal protection project to bolster resilience to climate change

UNDP-supported, Green Climate Fund (GCF) financed project will benefit one in three people in one of the world’s most vulnerable Small Island Developing States  


First batch of youth peacebuilders celebrate their graduation

The first ever graduates of UN Peacebuilding supported training in peacebuilding and livelihood skills, in partnership with Coconut Technology Centre were honoured in a graduation ceremony.  


National peace dialogue reaches consensus on sustaining peace

At the second day of the National Dialogue, Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Jeremiah Manele, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Provincial…  


Achim Steiner takes office as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed Achim Steiner as he begins a four-year term as Administrator of the Organization.  


Solomon Islands Prime Minister emphasises on the importance of peace

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has opened the National Peace Dialogue in Honiara this morning, emphasising the importance of sustainable peace to the social and economic…  


Peace and Livelihood Training begin for marginalised youths

The first UN Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) project supported training in peacebuilding and economic livelihood was launched on Monday with 20 youths from communities in North Malaita and Weathercoast of…  


Pacific investigators and prosecutors enhance ability to investigate and prosecute corruption

An interactive session designed to discuss specific challenges when investigating and prosecuting corruption in the Pacific, is the main purpose of the gathering of investigators, prosecutors and law…  


10 SDG Solutions for Asia-Pacific

A new report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) showcases ten projects that are transforming the course of development in the Asia-Pacific region.  


UN Peacebuilding Fund partners with Youth At Work to train marginalized youth in Honiara

The United Nations Peace Building Fund and Youth At Work have entered into a partnership to train up to 100 young people from rural settlements around Honiara, especially those who are marginalized…  


Strengthening a nation’s call for ocean protection

The United Nations Oceans Conference set for 5-9 June 2017, at the UN Headquarters in New York, aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of the ocean, people and planet…  


Solomon Islands Western Province to convene dialogue on peace and development

The Solomon Islands Western Provincial Government in collaboration with Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) with support from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF)…  


Youth participation key to peacebuilding and sustainable development in Solomon Islands

According to the latest national census, seven out of ten Solomon Islanders are under the age of 29. However, there is inadequate support for youth participation in economic and political decision…  


Solomon Islands Government commits to digitization of 80% of payments by 2020

The Solomon Islands Government has today announced its commitment to become a member of the Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA) and use electronic payment channels for both payments and receipts in a way…  


‘REACH Mobile Service Delivery Buses’ to deliver government’s services to people across Fiji

Three new custom built buses were commissioned today in Suva that will allow the Government of Fiji to deliver social, economic and legal services to remote communities and raise awareness of Fijians…  


Members receive in-depth training on the Sustainable Development Goals and Risk Development

The National Parliament of Solomon Islands in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding support from the Government of New Zealand is hosting a two-day Seminar for…  


Pacific Parliamentary Seminar to enhance MPs Committee work

Over forty delegates from nine Pacific Parliaments are gathering in Suva this week to take part in the Pacific Parliamentary Seminar on Enhancing Committee Work.  


Wake up! Youth project to raise awareness on NCDs

The Pacific Community (SPC) and the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji are inviting youth in participating Pacific countries and territories to develop and submit…  


National Climate Funds an opportunity for countries to manage climate finance

Accessing and utilizing global climate financing from sources such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other multilateral and bilateral funds, provides the opportunity for governments to scale up…  


Newly elected and returning members of the Chuuk Legislature undergo in-depth orientation

A three-day orientation seminar for the newly elected and returning members of the Chuuk State Legislature is currently underway following the State Elections earlier this month.  


Exclusion and inequality lead to uneven development across Asia and the Pacific

Disparate progress in South and East Asia and the Pacific due to discrimination towards women, ethnic minorities and populations in remote areas, says UNDP Report.  


Fiji Parliament and Media to exchange views and map way forward

Discussions are scheduled in Suva later this week between parliamentarians and senior Fiji media executives, including the Fijian Media Association, as part of a programme of support to the Fiji…  


Practice Parliament for Women Manual launched

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched its ‘Practice Parliament for Women: Training Manual’ at the opening of the second Practice Parliament for Women of the Cook Islands in…  


Risk-informed development a priority for Fiji’s Western Division

A recently launched Geographical Information System web-interface will allow the Office of the Commissioner Western Division to effectively make development decisions based on the risks that…  


Rainwater harvesting project ends years of water shortage

Community members of Korobebe in Fiji’s Western Division can now access clean and safe drinking water within the comfort of their own homes following the launch of their Rainwater Harvesting Project.  


Ensuring early access to justice for people in Fiji

Ensuring early access to justice for people in Fiji, was the overarching theme at a series of two-day training conducted over a week for officers from justice sector institutions at the Coral Coast in…  


Documentary launch on citizens engagement in national development

A three-year project dedicated to ensuring the active participation of citizens in Fiji’s national development and policy making process, tonight launched a short documentary on its activities.  


Cook Islands MPs commit to UN anti-corruption drive

Parliamentarians have committed to enhancing their oversight of anti-corruption and engage more strongly with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) during a workshop at the…  


Constitutional Review Committee Training kicks off in Tuvalu

A milestone training seminar kicked this week in Funafuti, Tuvalu to advance the country’s Constitutional Review Process. This is the first activity under the multi-year Tuvalu Constitutional Review…  


Shepherd Island continues to rebuild after a devastating cyclone

Almost two years ago, Vanuatu was devastated by one of the strongest cyclones in the Pacific leaving thousands of people homeless. Through the Vanuatu Livelihoods for Resilience Initiative under the…  


UNDP continues global discussions on implementation of National Climate Plans with Pacific island countries

A regional dialogue in Fiji kicked off today to discuss how countries can turn their national climate plans, or ‘Nationally Determined Contributions’ (NDCs), into concrete actions. Shifting from…  


Michelle Yeoh urges Asia-Pacific governments to adopt UNDP Gender Equality Seal

Michelle Yeoh, award winning actress and UN Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador called upon Governments and businesses in Asia and the Pacific to strive for gender equality.  


Businesses to play greater role in new development era in Asia-Pacific, says UNDP at Responsible Business Forum

At the fifth Responsible Business Forum, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called on business leaders to take a greater role in the new development era in order to support the…  


Experts call for collective action to end TB in the Western Pacific

While there has been remarkable progress in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) in the Western Pacific region over the past two decades, the disease remains a major public health problem and a renewed…  


Asia and the Pacific’s first zero-waste, zero-emission business forum in Singapore

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Initiatives, Singapore will welcome over 600 business and sustainability leaders, senior government officials, UN agencies, Non-Government…  


New study reveals gaps in Pacific HIV prevention efforts

Findings from a new joint study by 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…  


United Nations holds first business forum on sustainable goals in Asia

The United Nations Development Programme and Global Initiatives will welcome over 600 global business leaders, senior government officials, UN Agencies and non-government organisations from across the…  


MiBank pilots affordable solar loans platform in Papua New Guinea

A new pilot partnership in Papua New Guinea (PNG) providing affordable green energy has the potential to drive the adoption and usage of financial services among rural low-income Papua New Guineans.  


Fiji Access to Justice Project signed by EU and UNDP

European Union and the United Nations Development Programme have signed the Delegation Agreement on the implementation of the Project, Fiji Access to Justice. The USD 9.2 million project, Fiji Access…  


Agro-forestry farming approach to boost Vanuatu’s resilience

An agro-forestry farming approach introduced in Vanuatu aims to help communities address agricultural risks worsened by extreme weather patterns.  


UNDP-Russia partnership launches disaster resilience project

The Government of the Russian Federation in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji today launched the Regional Disaster Resilience in the Pacific Small…  


Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum focusses on disaster risk reduction and information relevance

The second Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum officially opened today with national, regional and international experts on climate services and disaster risk reduction present to explore common…  


Fiji to host second Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum

Pacific island meteorologists and disaster management experts are gathering on the cusp of the Tropical Cyclone season for the Pacific to discuss the seasonal climate forecast ahead and the best way…  


A look back as Koro continues to rebuild post-Winston

Eight months since Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated the South Pacific Island nation of Fiji, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) recovery efforts in partnership with the Fiji…  


Palau sets up initiative to strengthen its local governance

Limitations on policies, public financial management, law making and legal affairs, limited citizen outreach and demand for accountability are some of the issues behind the development of the Palau…  


Launch of Pacific Ridge to Reef Programme

Over 50 delegates across the Pacific Island region convened in Nadi today to officially launch the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Pacific Ridge to Reef programme aimed at improving the livelihoods…  


UNDP and Global Initiatives announce the 5th Responsible Business Forum

We are delighted to announce that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be working together with Global Initiatives, as co-organizers of the 5th annual Responsible Business Forum on…  


New partnership enables affordable insurance for low income earners

A simple text message is all it will take Pacific Islanders to sign up to new microinsurance products providing a crucial safety net for families.  


Tuvalu Parliament hosts Women’s Practice Parliament

Seventeen women from a diverse range of backgrounds gathered on this week for the start of Tuvalu’s second Women’s Practice Parliament.  


UNDP innovates to meet growing aspirations in Asia and the Pacific

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has leveraged low-cost innovations, knowledge exchanges between countries in the region, and emerging technologies, to provide new opportunities to some of the most…  


New framework to build resilience to climate change and disasters in the Pacific Islands

Pacific Leaders’ endorsement of the The Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP), the world’s first integrated regional framework to build resilience to climate change and disasters,…  


Insuring the uninsurable in PNG: New property insurance research underway

Studies are underway by Capital Insurance to research unserved markets in Papua New Guinea (PNG), to explore the possibility of providing low-cost insurance specially-designed for currently uninsured…  


Media seen as an important partner in development

With the new UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Country Director and Head of Regional Policy and Programming, Bakhodir Burkhanov, settled in, representatives of media organisations in a recent Meet the Media…  


Food Bank for disaster resilience

The Food Bank initiative which is designed to assist communities prepare for and recover from disasters, was handed over to the Naviti communities in the Yasawa group of islands in a handover ceremony…  


Tuvalu uses ridge-to-reef approach to sustain livelihoods

Coastal fishery stocks have sustained island communities for generations in Tuvalu but is under increasing pressure due to the impacts of climate change and unsustainable fishing practices.  


Adaptation plans to ensure resilience for water-stressed communities

Six Solomon Islands communities have successfully completed mapping out their climate change adaptation plans for this year until 2018 and beyond.  


Climate change adaptation, water, sanitation and hygiene is everybody’s business

A national feedback session to present key findings, recommendations and lessons learned of a climate change vulnerability assessment on water, sanitation and hygiene for Taro, Gizo and Tigoa…  


Coconut farmers to benefit from ANZ goMoney

An exciting project to connect mobile banking to the coconut industry was launched today by the Australian Government, Pacific Financial Inclusion Program (PFIP) and ANZ Bank.  


New phase of Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project launched

The second phase of the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) was launched today in Suva. It aims to support Pacific Island countries strengthen their national integrity systems in…  


Marshall Islands begins drought-related Post Disaster Needs Assessment

Severe drought in the Marshall Islands associated with the strong El Nino, led to the call for a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA).  


Efforts underway to strengthen and support State Governance in Palau

The Government of Palau and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a milestone agreement today, in order to strengthen the capacity of local legislators and governance systems at local…  


Addressing NCDs through law, trade and sustainable development

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…  


Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council a first for the Pacific region

The recent launch of the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council (FBDRC) is a concrete step towards meaningfully engaging the private sector in the Government’s disaster emergency preparedness,…  


New UN Peacebuilding programme launched in the Solomon Islands

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…  


Political stability and economic development for Melanesia

In a two-day conference, representatives from governments, parliaments and civil society from Melanesia discussed how to best promote strong, inclusive and peaceful institutions for sustainable…  


Melanesian leaders to discuss reforms for political stability

In a sign of strong commitment to effectively promote political and parliamentary stability, leaders from Melanesian countries will gather in Nadi next week to discuss critical issues on the link…  


Exploring Pacific funding mechanism option to turn the tide on NCDs

Pacific Island countries and territories at the inaugural Pacific Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Summit have expressed their support for a Pacific funding mechanism to better balance responses to the…  


Evidence-based policies key for youth development in the Pacific

With the enactment of the Sustainable Development Goals now underway, it is crucial for policy makers and young people from across the Pacific to discuss development issues that affect their lives,…  


Strong high-level support for first Pacific NCD Summit

Testament to the urgency and strong commitment to effectively tackle the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) crisis in the Pacific region, over 120 high-level delegates representing Pacific Island…  


Nauru commits to introduce best practice leadership code

The Parliament of Nauru has fully endorsed the Leadership Code Bill Report for Nauru Parliament's Select Committee, with the Bill to be introduced in the House at its next sitting in June.  


Chainsaw training helps open access to farmlands in cyclone-affected villages of Fiji

Three months after Tropical Cyclone Winston, combined efforts of the affected communities, the Government of Fiji and the international community are making positive strides towards restoring food…  


Vanuatu continues to stand up against corruption

Senior Government Officials met in the capital, Port Vila today to discuss recent anti-corruption measures taken by Vanuatu and efforts that could be taken to further strengthen measures, including…  


Solomon Islands civil society supports anti-corruption efforts

Thirty-six local civil society leaders and Government officials met in the capital, Honiara on Monday to learn about transparency and accountability, as well as the Government’s efforts to prevent and…  


PFIP awards inaugural Reuben James Summerlin Scholarships

The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) has today awarded three inaugural Reuben James Summerlin Scholarships.  


Fastest population shift in history means make or break for Asia-Pacific

Demographic change in Asia and the Pacific is happening at a rate the world has never seen. An explosion in the working age population and a fall in birth rates that took a century in Europe are…  


UNDP and NZ sign Pacific Parliament Effectiveness Initiative

Parliaments and Parliamentarians will be key players in ensuring that Pacific countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.  


Citizen engagement and effective coalition building

Over 30 representatives from 21 national civil society organisations are meeting in Suva this week to gain further insights into approaches to effective coalition building as well as share knowledge,…  


UNDP to launch report on people-centered development in Asia-Pacific

The United Nations Development Programme announced today that it will launch its new human development report “Shaping the Future: How Changing Demographics Can Power Human Development,” on April 26…  


Cyclone devastation calls for extraordinary partnerships

Responding to the Fiji Government's call for strengthened support from the private sector and with support of the European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership…  


UNDP hands over USD 50,000 of equipment to clear debris from cyclone Winston

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) handed over today USD 50,000 worth of debris-clearing equipment to the Ministry for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster…  


Mobilising youths to support Government’s early recovery efforts

The United Nations Development Programme working through the Fiji Government’s Ministry of Youth and Sports is providing FJD$100,000 to support the Government’s rehabilitation and recovery efforts…  


International community urged to give generously to Fiji Cyclone Winston Emergency Response

The Fijian Government and the United Nations have jointly launched a US$38.6 million Humanitarian Emergency Appeal for the 350,000 people affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston that is aimed at…  


UNDP assistance to target Agriculture Extension Officers

Agriculture extension officers in the Western Division can expect immediate assistance to enable them to undertake urgent recovery work in farming communities severely affected by Tropical Cyclone…  


Government services will leave no one behind

Seventy three officers from the Legal Aid Commission and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation have brushed up their skills of rights awareness raising, to facilitate improved…  


Nitijela members inducted on parliament and development issues

Members of the Nitijela in the Marshall Islands have committed themselves to enhancing the roles and functions of Parliament and equip themselves with basic knowledge of parliamentary legal and…  


UNDP stands ready to assist Fiji following TC Winston

UNDP has expressed its support to the Government of Fiji in its humanitarian and recovery efforts following the devastation wreaked by Tropical Cyclone Winston.  


Palau Congress members look to strengthen integrity

Senators and House Delegates in the Northern Pacific island nation of Palau held a consultation on Anti-corruption to engage more strongly with the United Nations Convention against Corruption…  


UNDP supports Tuvalu to acquire vessel

The importance of regular transportation and access to outer islands in Tuvalu plays a critical role in the successful implementation of community based conservation and sustainable development…  


Support to rights, empowerment and cohesion for rural and urban Fijians for sustainable development

The importance of building resilient social, economic and governance systems was highlighted as a key enabler for rural and urban Fijians to both contribute to and benefit from sustainable development…  


Community Social Good Summit in Sigatoka focuses on the new Sustainable Development Goals

To raise awareness around the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, UN Women and UNDP in Fiji partnered with Sigatoka Town Council to hold the Community Social Good Summit featuring the…  


Youth participation crucial for development

The participation of young people in formal decision-making processes are key to the prosperity and stability of any nation, and young people must be given every opportunity to have their voices heard…  


Tonga to celebrate International Day of Democracy - Making Space for Women

Tonga citizens will gather on 15 September, 2015 to recognize the International Day of Democracy in a day-long workshop of discussions, presentations, and breakout groups focused on ‘Making Space for…  


Public consultation on Tonga's final status on the Millennium Development Goals

The Ministry of Finance and National Planning in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme led a public consultation last Wednesday 25 August, to report Tonga's final status in the…  


UNDP launches storytelling contest to amplify climate coverage on the run up to Paris Summit

UNDP has launched today a global storytelling contest, Voices2Paris, to contribute to raising public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change as well as on the opportunities and solutions…  


New Members of Parliament in Tuvalu undergo induction seminar

Newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) are currently undergoing a week-long Induction Seminar in the country’s capital, Funafuti. The induction seminar is aimed at enabling MPs to better understand…  


Tongan youths add their voices to Sustainable Development Goals discussions on International Youth Day

Over 100 youth from around Nuku’alofa, gathered on August 12 to celebrate International Youth Day in the country’s capital with a day-long activities, including panel discussions on the new…  


Workshops targeting development of Fiji’s youth

Youths from Western Division gathered in numbers at a workshop in Nativi village, Ra on the International Youth Day and discussed how young Fijians could best address the challenges they faced in…  


UNDP and Government of Palau sign agreement to improve data access and analysis

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Republic of Palau Government signed a cost-sharing agreement to support a new project that will provide statistical evidence that will not only…  


New project to build long-term resilience to climate change

A project to support recovery from tropical cyclone Pam and to build long-term resilience of communities to climate change was launched today in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The commencement of the project…  


Marshall Islands and UNDP convene forum for human development in the post-2015 Agenda

UNDP in partnership with the Parliament of the Marshall Islands opened a two-day high level consultation on key national development issues.  


Tonga Parliament aim to boost anti-corruption efforts

Parliamentarians in Tonga begin a two-day workshop today to build their capacity to advance good governance and boost anti-corruption efforts.  


Meeting of South-South female legislative clerks an opportunity to build on shared experiences

Parliamentary Clerks from three Pacific Island nations gathered recently to discuss experiences and share lessons learned from working in the Legislative Assemblies of Fiji, Solomon Islands, and…  


UNDP launches Cash-for-Work Programme in Vanuatu to build back better

The United Nations Development Programme began debris removal projects this week, providing income opportunities for cyclone-affected communities.  


Better access to justice and services for Fiji

UNDP and the Governments of Fiji and of Japan today launched the Fiji REACH Project to support the Fijian Government’s push to improve service delivery to disadvantaged populations, particularly for…  


Stakeholders gather in Fiji for first ever national renewable energy investment forum

Stakeholders in the energy sector have gathered in Fiji for a national Renewable Energy Investment Forum. The Forum will provide an opportunity to present new supporting conditions in Fiji for…  


UN Humanitarian Coordinator warns of secondary emergency in Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Pam swept through the archipelago of Vanuatu on 13 March 2015, wiping out homes and infrastructure, destroying the electricity network and razing crops in the mainly agricultural…  


UNDP to lead early recovery efforts in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam’s widespread destruction

The Vanuatu government, along with the UN and other development partners, launched a Flash Appeal today for financial aid to help people and communities devastated by Cyclone Pam.  


UNDP announces ‘5-10-50’ new global programme in support of disaster resilience

The UN Development Programme has announced work a new 10-year global programme in support of country efforts to reduce the risk of disasters.  


Joint programme on Ending Violence against Women and Girls launched in Honiara

Representatives from the Solomon Islands Government, UN agencies and civil society organizations gathered in Honiara on Wednesday March 11 to celebrate the official launch of the first phase of the…  


Celebrating Women's Day in the markets

More than 90 women market vendors in Rakiraki and 25 in Tavua celebrated International Women’s Day, and renewed their knowledge and skills of financial management for their market business through the…  


Fiji Members of Parliament to visit UK

The Fiji Parliament Speaker, Honourable Dr Jiko Luveni, will next week lead a delegation from the Fiji Parliament to the UK. In addition to the Speaker, the delegation will include the Honourable Pio…  


Women market vendors in Suva commemorate Human Rights Day

As the international community commemorated Human Rights Day and the end of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, women market vendors based at the Suva municipal market are…  


Women market vendors trained on basic financial literacy

Market vendors in the Pacific have traded for many years and learnt business skills by trial and error, and have limited opportunity to strengthen their businesses through better financial education,…  


Market vendors in Fiji to benefit from financial and business training

More market vendors across the country in Suva, Nausori, Sigatoka, Nadi, Namaka, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki, and Labasa, will now have the opportunity to be trained in financial literacy and…  


Fiji Members of Parliament Induction Programme continues

Members of the Parliament of Fiji will today continue their induction programme with a focus on the role of MPs in buildings consensus and the outreach and representation role of Parliament and…  


Fiji Members of Parliament Induction Programme begins

Members of the Fiji Parliament will today start an induction programme to look at key issues of how the legislative process will work in the Parliament and which mechanisms will be available to MPs to…  


Tonga Parliament opens its doors to the public

On 6 October, the Tonga Legislative Assembly – in partnership with the UNDP Tonga Governance Strengthening Programme (TGSP) launched the Parliament Week under the motto of “Our Parliament”.  


Parliament of Fiji receives state-of-the-art ICT equipment

When the new Fijian Parliament opens next week after a lapse of over eight years, Members of Parliament (MPs) and Parliament Secretariat staff will get to use some of the latest technology, making it…  


Yam and pana bulking sites show positive results

Traditional staple food crops such as yam, pana and taro once commonly found in abundance throughout the Solomon Islands but are slowly overtaken by other crops such as sweet potato and cassava are…  


Elections training for women candidates in Tonga

Thirty-two participants, including potential women candidates for Tonga’s national elections in November gathered in Nuku’alofa this week for a one-week training workshop on elections campaigning and…  


UNDP Administrator sees stronger role for lawmakers in eradicating AIDS

Tackling HIV requires courageous and committed policy-makers and law-makers said the UN’s development chief at the 20th International AIDS Conference.  


Vanuatu commits to improving better access to reproductive health services

After years of planning, the Vanuatu Government and stakeholders are ready to implement its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Acceleration Framework (MAF) Action Plan following the recent launch of…  


A Pacific model of cooperation for sustaining species, livelihoods and a global industry can be replicated in other parts of the world, says UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented today a model of international cooperation that helps save a species – tuna – which provides nutrition and livelihoods to poor communities,…  


UNDP and Digicel partner on Cash-for-Work in Ha’apai

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Digicel Tonga signed an agreement yesterday to partner in the Cash For Work Project in Ha’apai, Tonga following Tropical Cyclone Ian in January…  


Saving our Tuna: UNDP and Discovery Channel in Asia offer an inside look at technology to save a way of life in the Pacific

More than 4.5 million tons of tuna are caught each year as part of a $5 billion industry that is an economic lifeline for Pacific island countries. But for how much longer?  


Solomon Islands Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Management and Meteorology to develop its functional capacity

The Government of Solomon Islands, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are partnering to improve corporate functions in the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management…  


UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS Executive Board to visit the Pacific

A delegation of the Executive Board and governing body of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)…  


Agreement signed for recovery work in Ha’apai

The Government of Tonga and the United Nations Development Programme today signed an agreement for recovery efforts and to strengthen preparedness for future cyclone impacts following Tropical…  


Youth participation and contribution to nation building in Fiji crucial

Youths make up one-third of Fiji’s population and have the potential to make a difference in the community, improve current living standards and increase access for all in the development process.  


New United Nations Resident Coordinator presents credentials to the Tongan Prime Minister

The United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Ms Osnat Lubrani, presented her credentials to the Prime Minister of Tonga, His…  


Accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Vanuatu signed a two-year project to support the Government of Vanuatu implement the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)…  


Vanuatu hosts first National Youth Parliament

Fifty-two youth representing Vanuatu’s six provinces are in Port Vila this week participating in the country’s first ever National Youth Parliament which is generating a lot of interest among the…  


UNDP launches Regional Report: ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched its Asia-Pacific Regional Report ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’ in New York today, highlighting a string of successful programmes…  


“Working together to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Asia-Pacific”: UN Development Chief for Asia and the Pacific

Mr. Haoliang Xu assumes his role as the new Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme today.  


Tuvalu signs agreement for second climate change project

The Government of Tuvalu and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has today signed an agreement to continue to partner on climate change adaptation work in Tuvalu. This marks the…  


Vanuatu Parliamentarians start Induction Programme

Vanuatu’s newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) today started a three day induction programme aimed at enabling them to better understand and more effectively perform their roles as…  


Off-track MDGs high on the Agenda

Representatives from government and civil society from Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu as well as development partners will meet in Fiji this week to identify priority interventions for the off-track…  


Students to debate on the Post-2015 Agenda to mark International Day for Eradication of Poverty

University of the South Pacific (USP) students will tomorrow participate in a debate on the post 2015 development agenda. The event is jointly organized by the United Nations Development Programme…  


Disaster Recovery Planning Workshop set to start

About 40 professionals working in the area of disaster recovery will gather in Lami for a three day training focusing on disaster recovery planning.  


Combining traditional knowledge and technology for community led climate change adaptation

Pacific Islanders will now have a greater voice in climate change decision making and a more direct input in adapting their communities to climate change using a combination of traditional knowledge…  


Fiji Government commits to accelerating progress on MDGs

With only two and a half years remaining before the deadline for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Government of Fiji is making a concerted effort to accelerate progress…  


Pacific youth teams ready to make their voices heard

Four Pacific youth teams from three faculties of the University of the South Pacific are ready to debate what the development agenda should look like for the region once the Millennium Development…  


UN and Government teams to visit Cash-for-Work sites

The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme Resident Representative, Knut Ostby together with UN colleagues and a government delegation led by the Permanent Secretary for the…  


Pacific youth voices on Post-2015 Development Agenda

Pacific youths’ voices need to be heard on how their islands should be developed once the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to an end in 2015.  


Cash for work for early recovery from Fiji floods

Market vendors, whose livelihoods have been washed away by the floods in Fiji earlier this month, will be employed in a special “cash-for-work” programme to assist them in rebuilding their livelihoods…  


Equator Prize winners announced, awards will be presented during Rio+20

The Equator Initiative announced yesterday the names of twenty-five local community groups to receive the Equator Prize 2012 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to sustainable…  


GEF Small Grants Pacific Regional Workshop underway in Fiji

The Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programmes, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 14 countries of the region, have empowered communities to take action and…  


First Adaptation Fund financed project in the Pacific launched in Solomon Islands

The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) organized an Inception Workshop to launch the implementation of a new climate change adaptation project,…  


UNDP expands presence in the Pacific and opens office in Tonga

The United Nations Development Programme is expanding its reach in the Pacific with the establishment of an office in the Kingdom of Tonga.  


Orientation Seminar for FSM Congress

The Office of the Speaker, in collaboration with the United Nation Development Programme, today launched a two-day FSM Congress Orientation Seminar for the elected members of the Seventeenth Congress…  


Fiji launches Anti-Poverty Report

The United Nations Development Programme in Fiji last week marked a series of events to raise awareness about eliminating poverty, launching a new report on the country’s progress towards meeting the…  


62 International Election Observers for Solomon Islands elections

On Election Day 62 international election observers will be deployed in polling stations in more than half the constituencies in the Solomon Islands.  


UN to coordinate International Election Observers in Solomon Islands

The United Nations will facilitate the coordination of international election observers during the 2010 National Parliament Election in Solomon Islands.  


Seminar to boost knowledge about the Parliamentary system

More than 60 persons attended the “Education Stakeholders Parliamentary Seminar” held at Commonwealth Youth Center Thursday this week.  


Drogba and Zidane spot on air in Solomon Islands

Soccer viewers in Solomon Islands will soon be able to see the international soccer stars Zinedine Zidane and Didier Drogba promoting the Millennium Development Goals on One Television.  


Workshop assists in designing of project for sources of renewable energy

Fiji continues to be reliant on imported fossil fuel for the generation of power to homes and businesses as well as for transportation.  


Training marks new opportunities in Nauru

The newly established Nauru Entrepreneurship Development Project commences first training sessions this week. Twenty aspiring Nauruan entrepreneurs will be given business development training over a…  


FSM Congress agree to recommendations for UNDP assistance

A workshop conducted in May by the United Nations Development Programme for Congressmen in the Federated States of Micronesia enabled the national legislators to agree to priority areas for…  


Workshop highlights MDGs in Solomon Islands

The workshop “Reporting on the MDGs” was arranged in Honiara, Solomon Islands. The purpose of the workshop was to increase the awareness and visibility of the MDGs in the Solomon media.  


Rugby players plant MDG trees

While the whole world is grappling with issues of poverty, our young rugby players are making their contributions to poverty reduction known.  


Visit to Fiji by UNDP Deputy Regional Director

The United Nations Development Programme Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ms Ligia Elizondo, arrived in Fiji today having just visited the Solomon Islands.  


Workshop addressing gender issues during disasters

Imagine a woman lying unconscious and dressed in the tattered remnants of her clothing after a disaster. And imagine that it takes more time than necessary to give her first aid because the men in the…  


UN Resident Coordinator at UN Model event

Students of the International Seconday School (ISS) and three other schools, Adi Cakobau School, Marist Brothers High School and Saint Josephs Secondary School, are currently participating in the…  


Solomon Islands: More victims ready to testify in next hearings

The first public hearing by the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded today, with 19 witnesses giving sometimes wrenching personal testimony on their experiences during five…  


First TRC hearing brings relief and hopes for reconciliation

Nine victims from the tensions in Solomon Islands testified before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission during the first day of public hearings.  


Gender, disaster risk management and climate change training set to begin

A Training of Trainers for Gender, Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change will be held at Tanoa Plaza, Suva from 21-22 January, 2010. The event is jointly organized by the United Nations…  


UN Development Programme launches new website

The United Nations Development Programme Multi Country Office based in Fiji today announces its newly re-designed website, www.undp.org.fj  


Sustainable land management techniques focus of workshop

An inception workshop on Capacity Building and Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management in Vanuatu is currently underway at the Le Lagon in Port Vila.  


Effective Parliament enables better service

An effective Parliament leads to effective governance enabling better service for everyone. This was the theme of a three day Orientation Workshop for Members of the 9th Parliament of Vanuatu.  


Stakeholders meet to chart way forward on civic education

The delivery of Civic Education to the communities of Fiji was given a major boost when stakeholders from Government, donors, civil society and non-government organizations met to agree on the way…  


MDGs Initiative training in Vanuatu

Government officials in Vanuatu were introduced to tools which will assist them in accelerating the pace of progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Known as the MDGs Needs…  


Community work on marine conservation recognized

Three countries in the Pacific have been recognized globally for outstanding community marine conservation work.  


Talanoa Workshop for Parliamentarians of the Kingdom of Tonga

A Capacity Enhancement and Talanoa Workshop was organized for Parliamentarians of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga on Wednesday 16 July.  


Journals contain records of Fiji Parliament sittings

Journals documenting the proceedings of the Upper and Lower Houses of the Fiji Parliament between 2000 and 2006 were handed over by the United Nations Development Programme to the Parliament…  


Support for MDGs achievement in Vanuatu

A Pacific UN Team recently met with the Government of Vanuatu and development partners in an effort to gauge how effectively they could work together in accelerating the pace of progress towards…  


Tonga signs Action Plan with UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme has signed the Country Programme Action Plan with the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga.  


Workshop focuses on establishment of Sustainable Management Project

An inception workshop on Capacity Building and Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management in Fiji took place today at the Land Resource Planning and Development conference room in Nabua.  


Development assistance for Palau

The United Nations Development Programme will commit to a five year development assistance to the people of Palau in the areas of Poverty Reduction and the Millennium Development Goals, Good…  


NICE Project holds consultations with community leaders on civic education

Consultations are underway with community leaders in Fiji, in an effort to share information and raise awareness on civic education as well as discuss the best suited methods of reaching the diverse…  


Marshalls signs Action Plan with UNDP for next five years

More assistance in the areas of Environment, Governance and Poverty Reduction will be rendered to the Marshallese people with the recent signing of the Country Programme Action Plan 2008-2012.  


Demand from community needed to strengthen financial management in public sector

While opening a four day workshop for the Public Accounts Committee in Tarawa, President of Kiribati, Anote Tong highlighted the need to promote greater accountability and transparency in the use of…  


More resources, more coordination from new UN Presence

The Prime Minister, Honourable Ham Lini Vanuaroroa today launched the new UN Joint Presence of the United Nations Children Fund, United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Population…  


New UN Presence brings more resources

The United Nations in Solomon Islands today launched its Joint Presence - a collaboration among UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA.  


Gender experts meet in Fiji for Pacific consultation

Civil society members working in the area of gender, government representatives and development partners concluded a two day meeting in Suva today that discussed Pacific perspectives on gender…  


Preparing for the Accra High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness

Pacific Island representatives today identified a set of key issues that they would like reflected in the next round of global discussions on aid effectiveness to be held in Accra in September.  


Ensuring aid effectiveness in the Pacific

A regional meeting started in Nadi today to examine the extent to which aid has improved development results for Pacific Island people and how these results can be further enhanced.  


Sustainable land management to address degradation problems

Rapid decline in areas of natural forests, unsustainable farming and logging are the main causes of land degradation in Fiji. Overuse of forest for timber and its clearance for agriculture also…  


Vanuatu implements Integrated Framework on Trade

In an effort to strengthen trade policies, the Government of Vanuatu and UNDP in Fiji on behalf of the six multi-lateral agencies for the Integrated Framework for Trade have signed a US$1 million…  


Kiribati signs Country Programme Action Plan with UNDP

The Country Programme Action Plan 2008-2012 has been signed by the Government of Kiribati and the United Nations Development Programme.  


UNDP signs Action Plan with Vanuatu

The United Nations Development Programme and the Government of Vanuatu have signed the Country Programme Action Plan for 2008-2012. The CPAP responds to current and emerging development priorities for…  


UNDP launches revamped Information Disclosure Policy

The Information Disclosure Policy has been in existence since 1997. This revision has benefited from thorough consultation within UNDP as well as internal and external members of the Information…  


Parliamentary Induction Workshop for Members of Nauru Parliament

Members of Parliament were urged to embrace a high degree of responsibility whilst discharging their duties and functions both in and outside the Parliament by H.E. the President of Nauru Hon. Marcus…  


Republic of the Marshall Islands Induction Programme

Members of the Nitijela of Republic of the Marshall Islands are now able to advocate and legislate strategically and effectively within the framework of the constitution to advance issues of concern…  


UNDP and New Zealand to support Civic Education Initiative in Fiji

An agreement to support the Government of Fiji’s National Initiative on Civic Education was signed today by the United Nations Development Programme and the New Zealand High Commission in Fiji.  


Parliamentary Induction Workshop for Members of Kiribati Parliament

On Wednesday 28 November 2007, the Vice President of the Republic of Kiribati, Honourable Teima Onorio officially opened a three-day Parliamentary Induction Workshop for Members of Kiribati…  


Induction for Tuvalu Members of Parliament

An induction seminar was conducted for the first time for Members of Parliament from 29-30 November 2007 at the Vaiaku Lagi Hotel in Funafuti, Tuvalu. The seminar was officially opened by the Prime…  


The first Parliament website launched in Solomon Islands

Members of Parliament in the Solomon Islands are now able to access a wide range of information relevant to their needs from their desktops, with the launch of the first parliament website in Honiara…  


Solomon Islands Speaker launches new website

The website will support Members of Parliament to fulfill their constitutional duties by providing them with up-to-date information on a range of topics, including parliamentary business and…  


Vanuatu's Crab Bay environment initiative is runner up in Equator Prize

The success of the Crab Bay Resource Management Initiative in pacific island nation of Vanuatu is an assurance of MDG (Millennium Development Goals) achievement in the region said Ms Virisila…  

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