Features Archive August 2020

"We are facing two pandemics. COVID-19, which beyond its health toll is crushing livelihoods, and hunger, a scourge the international community pledged to eradicate by the end of this decade – the Sustainable Development Goal 2."

Fighting Two Pandemics Hand in Hand in Asia and the Pacific

Ending hunger and poverty amid COVID-19 impacts will require leveraging agricultural technology, innovation and partnerships.
Deepening ecological crises that are enveloping the world, primarily caused by patterns of consumption, energy production and pollution in the global North, but whose impacts are being felt most keenly by those in the global South. Earth scientists have been warning for some time that the so-called Anthropocene is rapidly approaching.

COVID-19, Development and a Green New Deal

There has been much debate on the COVID-19 international development forum and elsewhere about the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 in developing countries, and how donors and the broader development community could or should respond.
Church meeting in New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Against Amending the Constitution to Make PNG a Christian Country

In a recent article, Dr Eugene Ezebilo of the Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (PNG NRI) asserts that “PNG’s Constitution does not recognise Christianity as the country’s religion”.
"WFP is proud to be able to serve the Pacific Island community by coordinating and delivering this much needed service and is grateful to the US and Australian Governments whose funding will ensure the viability of this service for months to come,” said Jo Pilgrim, Director of WFP’s Pacific Multi-Country Office.

Serving Communities in Remote Pacific Islands, WFP Humanitarian Air Service Supports COVID-19 Response

The Pacific humanitarian air service launched a flight yesterday, delivering 6.5 tonnes of essential medical cargo and moving humanitarian personnel to support the COVID-19 response in Fiji, Kiribati and Nauru.
Tuna for sale at Auki market, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands.

Fishing For Success: Lessons in Pacific Regionalism

Books by people in public life that present a story of the times in which they played a role can make for a dismal reading experience.
The virtual concert, hosted by Aunty Tala from the Laughing Samoans, will feature performances from Jah Boy.

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 together and with the rest of the world in the fight against COVID-19.
“The humanitarian air service flights are a welcome demonstration that the Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on COVID-19 is doing what leaders intended - protecting citizens and supporting health systems,” said Dame Meg Taylor, Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General.

Delivering Vital Medical Supplies, Humanitarian Air Service Boosts Covid-19 Response Efforts in the Pacific

Countries and territories of the Pacific Islands and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reached a milestone today with the launch of the humanitarian air service in the region.
"My agent called me for a chance to audition for a film but because of the State of Emergency I was not able to participate in the process. I am not disappointed but I kept encouraging myself by praying and believing," he says.

My Acting Dream Will Still Carry on Through This Pandemic

Everyone loves to watch a good movie or two in their time of relaxation. In fact some therapists now prescribe movies as a form of treatment for psychological problems. But COVID-19 has also upended the global film industry, halting film production and closing cinemas.