Regional Archive March 2008

Stronger Economic Growth Forecast for Pacific

The economic performance of several Pacific countries is improving, but greater reforms are needed if they are to reach their full potential, according to Pacific Economic Survey 2008.

Fiji Overwhelmed by Support for Earth Hour

On Saturday, Fiji joined other countries around the world for Earth Hour and was overwhelmed by the support from around the country.

Fiji's Support of China in Tibet Incites Criticism

Fiji's Interim Prime Minister has had to defend his stand in the China-Tibet issue after mounting criticism and allegations of supporting abuse of human rights.

Tourist Damages Rapa Nui Moai

Chilean police are holding a tourist from Finland who was caught damaging one of the famous giant statues of Rapa Nui.

Region to Monitor Fiji's Move towards Elections

A ministerial contact group has been formed to monitor Fiji's moves towards elections following the lack of progress seen so far.

Palau Tops Tourism in Asia-Pacific

The United Nations' Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2007 has placed Palau as the highest tourism earning country in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Gold and Possibility of Oil in Tonga and Fiji

While mining is set to begin on the Tongan seabed after valuable minerals were discovered there, a discovery on a Fijian village seashore has villagers testing for oil.

Australia's Approach to the Region

Australia's new parliamentary secretary for Pacific Islands Affairs, Duncan Kerr, outlines his country's approach to maintaining its relationships within the region.

USP Facing Student Unrest

There have been reports of unrest in the University of the South Pacific (USP) campus in Suva, Fiji, as a result of issues between student and the Registrar.

Tsunami Detectors Positioned in the Region

Two tsunami detection buoys were positioned in the region earlier this month, completing the U.S tsunami warning network.

Pacific Island States, Facing Unique Development Challenges, Win UN Boost

14 March 2008 - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will strengthen its Pacific Operations Centre as part of its campaign to provide greater support for the region's island nations, which are facing critical development challenges given their size, relative isolation and vulnerability to climate change.

Australia Funds Promotion of Human Rights in Developing Countries

The Australian government has set up a fund to help promote and protect human rights in developing countries, which includes Pacific countries.

Region's Image Marred by Human Rights Abuses

Reports of human rights abuse from around the region has tarnished the region's paradise-like image.

Te Vaka Takes the South Pacific to Macau

Well-known New Zealand group, Te Vaka, took the sounds of the region to Chinese-administered Macau.

Progress in Fisheries Protection for Pacific

New Zealand's Fisheries Minister has said that progress has been made in negotiations to protect the Pacific's fisheries.

ADB Calls for Measures to Enhance Financing on Climate Change

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President Ursula Schaefer-Preuss today called for more funding for projects that will reduce the adverse impact of climate change in the Asia-Pacific region.

Global Fund Receives US$184 Million from Japan to Fight AIDS and TB

The Government of Japan provided financial contribution of approximately US$ 184 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.