Regional Archive October 2010

SPC Launches 'e-Pacific Island Countries' - An Online Portal for Pacific ICT Information

Wednesday, 27 October 2010 - Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), 27 October 2010 - Inaccessibility to readily available online information and communication technology (ICT) resources is not an issue for the Pacific Islands region anymore.

Pacific Fisheries Face Collapse Without Strategic Action

Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Noumea, Tuesday 26 October 2010 - A major study of the future of Pacific Island fisheries indicates that, without concerted strategic action now, fisheries across the region face collapse within the next 25 years.

Association to Spearhead Organic Farming in Fiji

The Fiji Organic Association (FOA), established in 2006, is a non-profit organisation that provides guidance on organic farming practices in Fiji.

Protocol Seeks to Protect Indigenous Knowledge

Press Release - 24 October 2010 Nagoya, Japan - Indigenous knowledge should be protected and communities which possess it must be adequately compensated if such knowledge is used for commercial purposes.

Palau Declares Marine Mammal Sanctuary

Press Release - 23 October Nagoya Japan - Palau joins other nations in declaring its water as sanctuary for marine mammals, covering whales, dolphins and dugongs.

Pacific Partnership Combat Invasive Species

Press Release - The Pacific region is home to more endemic species than anywhere in the world, all of which is potentially under threat from invasive species. The region is working together with partners to protect Pacific biodiversity from this risk.

World Bank Group Announces Significant Increase In Assistance To Tonga

WASHINGTON, 19 October, 2010-The World Bank today announced a new strategy of support for Tonga to reduce the impact of economic shocks on the country and assist with longer term growth and development opportunities.

Food Security in the Pacific

Food Secure Pacific Working Group to begin implementing the Food Security Regional Framework

Joint Review of PALM 5

PRESS RELEASE - 17th October 2010 - The joint review of progress of implementation of the PALM 5 commitments between the Pacific Islands Forum and Japan was held in Tokyo, Japan on 16th October 2010.

CROP Agencies Cooperate on Climate Change

PRESS RELEASE - 13th October 2010 - The Chief Executives of the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) have agreed to renew efforts to work closer together to address regional climate change issues.

Children must be Primary Beneficiary of Efforts to Deliver Education

PRESS RELEASE - Port Moresby, 12th October 2010 - The children of the Pacific region must be the ultimate and primary beneficiary of whatever regional and national efforts to deliver quality education and training services.

PNG Announces Regional Scholarships

PRESS RELEASE - Port Moresby, 12th October 2010 - The Government of Papua New Guinea has announced 20 full scholarships for each year, for the next five years, for youths and students in the Pacific region to study at institutions in the country.

The Pacific Voyage

Press Release - "The Pacific Voyage" will be the central theme of Pacific islands attending the World's biggest biodiversity conference this year.

Education Development Framework Captures Challenges

PRESS RELEASE - 10th October 2010 - Port Moresby, 10th October 2010 - The Pacific Education Development Framework (PEDF) captures the major challenges in education in the region and provides strategies to consider in order to address these challenges.

New Initiative to Exchange Solutions Across the Pacific Launched

Press Release - 6th October 2010 - Practitioners across the Pacific and abroad will now have the opportunity to connect with, share and learn from each other on how to better address development needs with the launch today of the Pacific Solution Exchange Development Effectiveness Community (PSE_DEC).

Fiji: Former PM's Rights to Free Speech and Assembly Violated

5 October 2010 - Amnesty International is today calling on the government of Fiji to drop Public Emergency Regulations (PER)-related charges against the country's former prime minister after he was accused of failing to seek permission to hold a public meeting.

Australia, ADB Work Together to Advance Gender Equality in the Region

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Government of Australia has agreed to extend an untied A$1 million grant for an Asian Development Bank (ADB) administered fund targeted at narrowing gender gaps in Asia and the Pacific.