Regional Archive December 2010

Sweden Adds To Fund Fighting HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (27 December 2010) - The Government of Sweden is extending an additional SEK35,000,000 (about $5 million equivalent) to an Asian Development Bank (ADB)-administered trust fund which is helping combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific.

ADB, Partners To Help Manage Pacific's Marine Resources Against Climate Change

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) are helping five Pacific countries manage their marine resources in the Coral Triangle.

Joint Pacific-EU Initiative on Climate Change

PRESS STATEMENT - Monday, 20 December 2010 - The Pacific Islands Forum and European Union last week launched the "Joint Pacific-EU Initiative on Climate Change".

Saving Pacific Migrants Money

www.sendmoneypacific.org has re-launched this week, to provide even more information on the costs involved in sending money back to the Pacific from Australia and New Zealand.

Culture Offers Opportunities for Economic Development

PRESS RELEASE - 10th December 2010 - Creative, cultural and innovative industries offer unique opportunities for sustainable economic development in Pacific island countries, but initiatives to promote their development must be included in National Development Plans, says the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

Roadmap Developed for New Regional Programme on Climate Protection

Roadmap developed for new regional programme on climate protection through forest conservation

Tuvalu urges capacity building from Adaptation Fund Board

Press Release - Cancun, Mexico - Tuvalu's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Enele Sopoaga has urged the climate change Adaptation Fund Board to provide greater capacity building for islands that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Remittances in Forum Island Countries

PRESS RELEASE - 6th December 2010 - Remittances are an important source of household income and foreign exchange for many developing countries, providing income directly to households to improve living standards.

PEC Fund PMU Established

PRESS RELEASE - 6th December 2010 - A project management unit (PMU) has been established at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji to manage and monitor the multi-million dollar PALM 5 Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund negotiated by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders with the Government of Japan in 2009.

Pacific Calls for Greater Commitment from Global Community

Press Release - UNEP Report finds Copenhagen Accord pledges will not reach targets of 2 degrees or less.

Mitigating Climate Change: Vanuatu Leading by Example with Renewable Energy Targets

Press Release - The power utility of Vanuatu (UNELCO) has set itself a goal of generating 33% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2013.

Values of Mexican Goddess to Inspire Climate Change Negotiators - Figueres

By Makereta Komai, Climate Pasifika Media Team29 NOVEMBER 2010 CANCUN ---- Reason and creativity, values of the Mayan goddess Ixchel, is what UN climate chief hopes will inspire climate negotiators to reach an 'acceptable' deal in Cancun in the coming 12 days.