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A major 2017 University of Adelaide study funded by horticulture industry associations found that “[t]he SWP results in less exploitation of workers … when compared with other low-skilled visa pathways”, such as backpackers.

Foreign Workers on Australian Farms: Not If But How

In 2006, under pressure from the Pacific to introduce a seasonal worker scheme, and under pressure from Australian farmers to address labour shortages, the Howard government introduced the second-year backpacker visa.
"We need to take urgent action now by acknowledging it as a serious threat to our islands,” Gladys told Pacific leaders that consisted of Prime Ministers, Presidents and Ministers.

Call for Pacific Leaders to Declare Climate Emergency

Pacific Youth representative at a UK-Pacific High Level Climate Dialogue, Gladys Habu is calling on Pacific Leaders to prioritize the climate crisis by declaring it a climate emergency.
Wearing masks and hand hygiene must be followed even if your dear ones are vaccinated, it is not always the case that every person you meet is necessarily vaccinated.

5 Covid-19 Vaccine Myths Explained

Here are 5 most heard myths about the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Fiji military directing people at a COVID-19 testing centre in the Lami-Suva-Nausori containment area.

Ending Fiji’s Nightmare

The extremely contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is currently running amok in Fiji’s capital, Suva.
Vanuatu skills partnership strategic planning session.

Useful Outsiders – How Can External Actors Support Authentic Locally Led Development?

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated border closures have thrown the international development industry into turmoil. An industry conventionally reliant on ‘fly-in fly-out’ consultants has had to face a reckoning in terms of the sustainability of its modus operandi.
Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Statement by the Administrator of the UNDP, Mr. Achim Steiner

Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and representative of the United Nations (UN) at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Government Governors Meeting held in Venice, Italy, issued the following statement at the conclusion of the meeting:
Oxygen concentrators are unloaded in April at Jacksons airport, Port Moresby, PNG.

Aiding the Pacific During Covid: An Update

While the money is flowing, the outlook for the region has also darkened considerably.
Representatives from SOLRIGHT Women Football Cup (WFC) who assisted with the OW booklets’ packing.

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.
A school stands empty in Fiji.

Strategies for Education Recovery in Fiji

In addition to economic and social disruptions, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted teaching and learning for students through periodic closures of schools around the world.
Looking ahead, Mr Jarvis reinforced the agency’s commitment to supporting Pacific businesses and the communities that rely on them.

PTI Australia Delivers Record Pacific Investment Deals through COVID-19

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia, an agency of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, has launched its 2020 Annual Report, highlighting more than A$20 million in export deals and a record nine investment deals facilitated in the region, despite the challenging environment.