Aust gov’t to review Pacific seasonal worker absconding posters after public backlash

CANBERRA, (ABC) –— The Australian government is reviewing a recent campaign aimed at stopping Pacific seasonal workers from absconding from their jobs. Around 12,000 seasonal workers have come into Australia over the past year from Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga and Solomon Islands but of those, more than 1000 have absconded. However, the government’s campaign, which featured…

Children’s day marked

SUVA, FIJI – Children in the Pacific region on Saturday join millions more around the world to celebrate World Children’s Day, together with government ministries, schools, and communities, as part of UNICEF’s global day of action for children, by children. “I am happy to be one of the children in the world to stand up…

ADB supports Tonga

NUKU’ALOFA, TONGA — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will contribute a $5 million grant to a program that will help restore and accelerate inclusive, private sector-led economic growth in Tonga. The Economic Recovery Support Program will help the government progress ongoing reforms to foster Tonga’s economic recovery from the downturn caused by the coronavirus disease…

SOLOMON ISLANDS WINS UNITED NATIONS SEAT

Foreign Minister, Hon Jeremiah Manele, announces that the Solomon Islands wins seat on United Nations Economic and Social Council for the term 2021 – 2023. Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, The Hon Jeremiah Manele announces that Solomon Islands has been successfully elected on to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, for a…

SPREP celebrates 27 years of service to the Pacific

16 June 2020, Apia, Samoa – Today, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) celebrated its 27th anniversary since the signing of the Treaty Establishing SPREP on June 16, 1993.  SPREP’s past anniversary celebrations have included public activities and events, such as SPREP’s famous ‘open days’ which have seen hundreds of school students…