ACP, EU stands together on post-2015 development agenda

Seventy nine member states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and 28 members of the European Union declared their joint support for a strong overarching global framework that seeks to achieve poverty eradication and sustainable development, while also addressing the challenges and unique vulnerabilities of ACP countries. The declaration was endorsed at the…

PIDF signs agreement with environment group

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) entered into an agreement last Friday declaring their commitment to collaborate on initiatives related to sustainable development, particularly in advancing the concept of a green economy. PIDF and IUCN collaborated on several activities in the past year including the establishment…

PNG acts on illegal fishing warning

Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority has stepped up in its efforts to comply with the recent ‘yellow card’ issued by European Union to Papua New Guinea relating to illegal fishing in our waters. Last Thursday, the authority launched its inshore patrol craft Gabut in Vanimo, West Sepik, to protect the country against illegal fishing. …

Samoa’s tourism sector to receive $1million boost

The New Zealand Government has announced a $1 million investment into Samoa’s tourism sector. The announcement was made during Prime Minister John Key’s visit to the country earlier this month.Announcing the investment, Mr Key said, “This funding will help the Samoa Tourism Authority to upgrade a number of important visitor attractions, and improve information and…

SPC and PIDF join hands for sustainable development

 (SPC), Nadi, Fiji –  The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) last week made a commitment to work together to address issues relating to sustainable development in the Pacific region. This follows the signing of a four-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) between SPC’s Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, and…

ADB supports Samoa in AgriBusiness

APIA, SAMOA – Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President Lakshmi Venkatachalam and Samoan Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi last week launched an AgriBusiness Support Project that will provide business support services and financing to agribusinesses in Samoa. “Agribusinesses provide jobs and income, so their development will play a critical role in promoting…

Focus: West Papua

Benny Wenda’s Story Early life As a young child in the 1970s, Benny Wenda’s world was his village in the remote highlands of West Papua. Life consisted of tending gardens with his mother among the Lani people who, he says, ‘lived at peace with nature in the mountains’. In 1977 that life changed dramatically. That…

Aust urged to end association with human rights abuse in West Papua

The Director of Communications at the Human Rights Law Center in Australia urges the Australian government to “introduce laws that would minimise the risk of Australian policing or military assistance supporting human rights violators.” The Australian government funds and trains Detatchment (‘Densus’) 88, an Indonesian anti terrorism unit which has been used to attack peaceful…

Beck is Pacific’s rep at UN Women

SOLOMON Islands is the only Pacific country represented on the United Nations Women Executive Board. Its representative is Helen Beck, the Counsellor at the Solomon Islands Mission in New York.  Sharing her experiences with civil society organisations including women and youth groups from around the region at a meeting in Nadi last week, Mrs Beck…

Summit focuses on Pacific resources and elections

LEADING experts from around the South Pacific will come together at the Australian National University (ANU) from today to discuss major issues affecting the region over the coming year. The two-day State of the Pacific Conference will discuss Australia’s changing role in the Pacific, as well as China’s rising influence and development assistance, and the…