Regional Archive April 2010

Pacific Leaders Urged to Address the Region's Challenges

Press Release - Pacific Leaders and policy makers have been urged to come up with real solutions that will address challenges currently facing the small nations within the region.

Cairns Compact Peer Review welcomed in Kiribati

PRESS STATEMENT - Tuesday, 27 April, 2010 - Government representatives and development partners in Kiribati have expressed appreciation for the Cairns Compact Peer Review currently underway in the country's capital, Tarawa.

Pacific Nations Honoured for Leadership in Whale Sanctuary Establishment

Press Release - Auckland, 18 April - Several Pacific islands have received recognition awards from the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium (SPWRC) for leadership in establishing whale sanctuaries in their national waters.

No Food Security Without Protecting our Land and our Poor

Press Release - Boosting agriculture, creating viable local food systems and protecting the vulnerable will have measurable impacts on improving Pacific food security.

Radical Rethink Needed on Food in Pacific

PRESS RELEASE - WE ARE WHAT WE EATA radical rethink is needed on food if the Pacific is going to secure access to healthy, safe, high quality and nutritious food for all.

Food Security in Pacific Urgent and Enormous

Press Release - 21 April 2010 - Port Vila, Vanuatu - The challenge of food security in the Pacific region is not only urgent but enormous and the region must work together to develop practical and realistic solutions.

Pacific Countries Prepare to Report on 2010 Biodiversity Targets

Press Release - 4/16/2010 - 11 Pacific island countries are to meet in Samoa next week for a workshop to assist them in completing their fourth National Reports to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).

Tokelau Declares Newest Pacific Whale Sanctuary, Highlights Global Momentum for Whale Cons

Press Release - Tokelau, a territory in the South Pacific, declared its waters to be a whale sanctuary today, the eleventh such designation in the Pacific. The announcement took place at the start of a symposium marking the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium's tenth anniversary.

ADB to Support Samoa with Recovery from Global Crisis, Tsunami

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing program loan assistance of up to $26.8 million to Samoa to help the Pacific Island nation revive its economy in the wake of the global financial crisis and devastating tsunami of September 2009.

Proposed Fiji Media Law Threatens Journalists with Jail

13 April 2010 - The Fijian government will be able to imprison journalists for up to five years, obliterating media freedom, if its Cabinet adopts a repressive draft Media Decree on Tuesday, said Amnesty International.

Pacific Economies on the Road to Recovery - ADB

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Countries in the Pacific region are expected to post overall average economic growth of 3.7% in 2010, up from 2.3% in 2009, according to a forecast by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Sea Level Rise Will Claim Island States

As according to SeaWeb's latest update: April 6, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 7

Samoa Rat Eradication Project showing Signs of Success

Press Release - Six months after a rat eradication project began for the Aleipata Islands group in Samoa, a follow up visit after the operation reports no sign of the Pacific rat on Nu'utele Island.

Pacific Freedom Forum Calls on Fiji Regime to Open Window on Draft Media Decree

The Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF) has called on Fiji's ruling regime to open up the time window given to the country's media for consultations on the draft of the country's new Media Decree.

PINA's VP Voices Concerns about Organisation

The Vice President of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) has voiced concerns over how the organization is being run, calling for major changes.

Ashika Deaths Deemed Senseless

The Inquiry into the tragic sinking of the MV Princess Ashika in August last year has deemed the deaths of the 74 victims as senseless and that the causes of the disaster were "all easily preventable".