Regional Archive September 2008

Communication Materials to Support Gender Equality in Pacific Parliaments Launched in PNG

Women in the Pacific region campaigning for political office will now be assisted with the publication of a "Guide to Campaigning for Pacific Women" which was officially launched in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea last week.

China's Milk Disaster Affects Region

China's contaminated milk problem that has already claimed the lives of four babies in China is also affecting the region with countries here issuing warnings against certain products that contain the chemical melamine.

Outcomes of Sub-Regional Workshop on Special Measures for Women

SUB-REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON SPECIAL MEASURES FOR WOMEN25-26 SEPTEMBER 2008PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Sean Kingston, KatchaFire to Launch Digicel in Fiji

Reggae singer and rapper, Sean Kingston, and New Zealand reggae band, KatchaFire, will be part of the free concert to be held in Suva, Fiji, marking the official launch of Digicel in the country.

Survey Cites PNG as Most Corrupt in Region

A survey by Transparency International ranking Papua New Guinea as one of the 30 most corrupt countries in the world and most corrupt in the region reflects a situation affecting the entire region.

Pacific Plan marks Three-Year Milestone

Three years on, Pacific Island Countries continue to report progress on strengthened regional cooperation and integration as guided by the Pacific Plan.

Samoan Family Win Case against NZ Electricity Company

A Samoan family who had taken a New Zealand electricity company to court for the death of their mother 17 months ago was found in favour by the Auckland Coroner's Court.

Vanuatu Appoints New Prime Minister

A secret ballot vote appointed Edward Natapei as Vanuatu's new Prime Minister this week.

Greenpeace Voices Effects of Logging in PNG

A Greenpeace team has been documenting the conditions in three Papua New Guinea (PNG) logging concessions revealing the negative effects logging is having on life in the area.

Pacific NGOs Prepare for the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Twenty four non government organizations (NGOs), from 12 Pacific Island Countries, working in the areas of gender, HIV, and disability will participate in a four day training in Nadi from Monday September 22.

New Iguana Species Found in Fiji

A new species of iguana has been found on the island of Ovalau in Fiji, bringing the number of iguana species in Fiji to three, instead of two as was previously thought.

Workshop to Discuss Special Measures to Increase Women MPs

To consider ways to help increase and sustain the number of women in Pacific Parliaments through the use of special measures, officials and key representatives from four Pacific Islands Countries (PICs) will attend a sub-regional workshop in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 25 - 26 September.

Vanuatu's Vanessa Quai Enters Tahitian Market

Popular Vanuatu artist, Vanessa Quai, will be touring Tahiti, breaking new ground for Melanesian artists in the French Polynesian music market.

Education Officials discuss review of Forum Education Action Plan

Senior education officials from the Pacific region are to discuss findings of the review of the Forum Basic Education Action Plan (FBEAP) and regional education processes and mechanisms in a workshop to be held in Nadi, Fiji, 17 - 19 September.

Regional Organizations Receive Aid from Taiwan

Seven regional organisations have received USD$665,700 for 16 projects as part of Taiwan/Republic of China's annual contributions to the region.

Individual Human Rights Award a Pacific First

Nominations are being sought for the 2008 RRRT/SPC Pacific Human Rights Award, which for the first time in a decade honours individual accomplishment.

USP Staff Go on Strike

Staff of the University of the South Pacific who are members of the USP Staff Union have gone on strike with numbers increasing by the hour.

Pacific Water Conference 2008

The Pacific Water Association (PWA) will be holding their inaugural Pacific Water Conference (PWC) next week in Samoa at Hotel Kitano for 3 days from Tuesday 9th - Thursday 11th September, 2008.

Cruise Ships, Transnational Crimes Worry Region's Police

The region's police are worried about the increasing number of cruise ships entering region which is leading to the increase in crime.

First EU-Pacific Island Forum Troika Ministerial Meeting to be Held

The first ministerial meeting to enhance the political dialogue between the Pacific Islands Forum and the European Union will be held in Brussels on the 16 of September.

Pacific Financial Sector and Fiscal Reform Workshop Concludes in Nadi

Delegates from across the Pacific Region gathered last week to deliberate on key economic regulation, fiscal reform and financial sector issues in the Pacific.

PNG's Morobe Province Flooded

Three weeks of rain has led to extensive flooding in Papua New Guinea's Morobe province with a bridge connecting the province and the highlands on the verge of collapsing.

Suspected Triad Boss Escapes PNG Raid

A Chinese national, suspected to be a triad leader who had injured another Chinese while demanding protection money, escaped during a police raid in Papua New Guinea and 20 other Chinese nationals were arrested.

ADB to Enhance Aid Coordination, Effectiveness in Pacific

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is strengthening its aid coordination and effectiveness in the Pacific islands through closer interaction with member governments and development partners.