Features Archive March 2022

Wagina became one of the first rural communities in Choiseul province to record positive cases of COVID-19 when the community transmission was detected in Solomon Islands.

Wagina Community Attributes COVID-19 Recovery to Herbal Treatments

Many individuals on Wagina say their recovery from COVID-19 was because of herbal treatment.
Domestic and international market access continues to be a policy challenge; there are only a handful of manufacturers who are able transform raw products to globally accepted quality standards.

How Vanuatu’s COVID-19 Policies Can Catapult Economic Recovery Through the Private Sector in 2022

The Vanuatu Government’s investment in agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry to mitigate the economic downturn and job losses from prolonged border closure is currently concentrated at the producer level.
These initiatives are made possible through the Access to Justice Project, which is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs (MJLA) through the PSO and supported by the Australian Government.

New PSO Vehicles to Ensure Justice Demands of Remote Communities Are Met

The need to ensure justice is delivered effectively in remote locations cannot be overstated.
Encroachment into Osi Lake beach, the once vast sandy beach is now slowly shifting.

Climate Change and COVID-19: Pacific Women Showing Strong Governance and Resilience Through These Crises

The Pacific is known to be one of the regions that is very vulnerable to climate change and climate - induced natural disasters. Today almost all the Pacific nations are battling the worst effects of climate change and COVID-19 in their communities.
More than 1,500 guests of honour including senior politicians, High Commissioners, Ambassadors, dignitaries from across the UK and Commonwealth, faith leaders, and over 600 schoolchildren and young people, were in attendance.

Commonwealth Day 2022: Our Unity is Our Strength

Royal Family, Government representatives and dignitaries gather in London for the annual commemorative service at Westminster Abbey and Marlborough House.
Communities throughout Solomon Islands were invited to nominate and conduct elections to choose women valued for their community leadership contributions and achievements.

Inspiring Change Through Sharing Stories: UNDP Presents the ‘Outstanding Women’ Documentary

As part of International Women’s Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Australian Government and the European Union for the Pacific premiered online the “Outstanding Women” documentary; a special collection of interviews to celebrate the leadership of women in rural communities of Solomon Islands.
The rapid change in technological development, or 4IR (the Fourth Industrial Revolution), is another area of rising inequalities, leading to a widening technological and economic divide between both the Global North and the Global South, and men and women.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, COVID-19 and Women

While it is common knowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed decades of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, the backsliding on key areas had already begun prior to early 2020.
An extract from the educational material highlights that, “Around the world, women and girls can experience exploitation, abuse and harassment, simply because they are women and girls. This can happen online as well as in real life.”

2022 International Women’s Day: Online Safety Campaign Encourages Gender Equality

In the lead-up to this year’s International Women’s Day, it is important to remember that every woman and girl deserves to feel safe – online as well as in real life.
Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility (APVAX) in the Philippines.

Effective Vaccine Communication is Key to Future Pandemic Preparedness

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred a global response to create safe and effective vaccines at an unprecedented speed.
Address delivered by PIF Chair at UN and Fiji Permanent Representative at the UN, Ambassador Satyendra Prasad.

Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Statement on Russia - Ukraine Conflict

The Pacific Islands Forum member states with presence at the United Nations in New York, register our deep alarm at the unfolding crisis in Ukraine.