Regional Archive November 2010

Miss South Pacific 2010, Miss Cook Islands, Joyana Meyer. Photo and copyright by Robert Weber.

Cook Islands Wins Miss South Pacific

The title of Miss South Pacific 2010 was won by Cook Islands in the weekend.

SPC's Efforts towards Developing a Regional Framework for Action on Transport Services

Transport officials support SPC's efforts towards developing a regional Framework for Action on Transport Services

WHO Welcomes the Pope's Statement on Condoms

Press Release - MANILA, 25 November 2010-The World Health Organization (WHO) today welcomed a statement by Pope Benedict XVI that the use of condoms is acceptable in halting the spread of AIDS.

Sandalwood has Potential to Alleviate Poverty

Sandalwood has the potential to contribute to the improvement of living standards in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), but for this to happen, there must be critical assessment, research and improved management practices.

Release of 2010 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report

PRESS STATEMENT - Tuesday, 23 November 2010 - The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade welcomed the release today of the 2010 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report.

SIS on Support for Women in Decision Making Process

PRESS RELEASE - 22nd November 2010 - "For too long, women in our region have not been effectively engaged in decision-making institutions and processes, both at national and local levels.

Pacific Participants Polish their Entrepreneurial Skills at CETC

A two-week CETC Business Improvement Course for Micro-Entrepreneurs, which was held at the CETC Campus in Narere from 1-12 November, was attended by eighteen participants from SPC member countries.

SPC Organises Sandalwood Workshop in Vanuatu

The Land Resources Division (LRD) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will organise a regional workshop on Sandalwood Resource Development, Research and Trade in the Pacific and Asian Region from 22 to 25 November 2010 in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Climate Change Funding in the Pacific - SPREP Issues Draft Report

Press Release - The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has issued a draft report on the future of funding for climate change in the Pacific region. This report is now being circulated for review comments, the link to this report is as below.

Reference Group Meets to Address Sexual and Gender-Based

Press Statement - 16 November 2010 - The first meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum Reference Group to Address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) was held on 16 November 2010 at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva.

Strengthening Maritime Policy Formulation and Legislative Drafting

Wednesday 10 November 2010, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) - Development and implementation of maritime law in the Pacific is critical to ensuring that Pacific countries continue to have access to safe shipping, employment and uninterrupted international sea trade.

Pacific Getting Ready to Meet New Biodiversity Targets

Press Release - 18,000 people from around the world gathered recently in Nagoya, Japan at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10.

Pacific Urged to Improve Environment Project Ratio

Press Release - A key organisation which provides funds to address environmental issues has urged Pacific countries to speed up the implementation of projects.

ADB Aids Palau's Push for Sustainable Water, Sanitation Services

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to help Palau carry out broad reforms to improve the sustainability and cost effectiveness of its water and sanitation services.

ADB's Clean Air Scorecard to Help Asia Reduce Air Pollution

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Asia and the Pacific must work harder to address air pollution alongside broader efforts to counter climate change, and a new Clean Air Scorecard developed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help the region do that.

World Bank To Assist With Tsunami Reconstruction In Samoa

WASHINGTON, 2 November, 2010-The World Bank today approved financing totaling US$11.8 million to support the reconstruction of vital infrastructure in Samoa following the devastating tsunami that hit the country in September 2009.

West Indian Ocean Partnership: Learning from the Micronesia Challenge

25 October Nagoya Japan - Nations comprising of the Western Indian Ocean are inspired by the small island countries' Micronesian Challenge initiative which seeks to effectively conserve 30 percent of near shores resources and 20 percent of terrestrial resources by 2020.

Save the Pacific

Press Release - "The loss of biodiversity is killing us, it's killing the rest of life and we're going to kill ourselves. If we continue down this path, we're going to make ourselves a world that will be very difficult to live in" - Pulitzer Prize winner Professor O E Wilson