Regional Archive August 2010

Pacific Islander to Vacate Seat on World Biodiversity Bureau in October

Press Release - Come the end of October, the second Pacific nation to hold a seat on the Bureau for the Convention for Biological Diversity, passes this privilege on.

Pacific Waste Newsletter by SPREP

Press Release - The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme has published the first in a series of newsletters that chronicles the progress of solid waste management in the Pacific islands.

Breaking the Silence - Controlling STIs in the Pacific

Wednesday 25 August, Noumea, SPC - For all the beauty and extraordinary richness of the Pacific, the region also holds some sad records.

Palau Green Fee Hits the 1 Million Mark in Less than a Year

Press Release - Tourists holidaying in Palau since November last year have helped raise over a million dollars for the protected areas of the territory. Palau now has 1.3 million USD from a Green fee tax that began on 1 November 2009, all of which will help conservation efforts in Palau.

Directors of Public Health to Review Adolescent Health and Development

Directors of Public Health will meet to discuss practical ways to effectively implement Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) programme activities in 10 Pacific countries. Key to this effective implementation is mainstreaming AHD issues-ensuring that they are addressed in activities in all sectors and at all levels.

Preparing the "One Pacific" for International Biodiversity Negotiations in October

Press Release - A three day meeting has brought the Pacific region closer together as the 14 island countries prepare to face the world at the 10th Conference of the Parties for the Convention on Biological Diversity in October.

Pacific Trade and Invest Work to Increase Investment in PICs

PRESS RELEASE - 18th August 2010 - Last week's successful Pacific Investment Summit in Sydney, Australia, has been applauded for its work to secure new investment for Pacific island countries.

Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability Implementation

PRESS RELEASE - 17th August 2010 - The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and other stakeholders have begun work towards the implementation of the Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability after it was endorsed at the 41st Pacific Islands Forum held in Port Vila, Vanuatu 3 - 6 August.

ADB Loan to Help Marshall Islands Meet Budget Targets, Reform Public Sector

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide loan assistance to the Republic of the Marshall Islands to help to achieve long-term fiscal sustainability and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector.

World's Rarest Coral Discovered In Pacific Ocean

As taken from a post by Beth Buczynski for care2.com

Pacific Region Promises Opportunities for Investment

PRESS RELEASE - 13th August 2010 - The Pacific Region promises great opportunities for investment despite the many disadvantages present in the countries.

Literacy and Numeracy in FICs

PRESS RELEASE - 12th August 2010 - The failure to disseminate the reports of baseline achievements in literacy and numeracy in Forum island countries remains one of the challenges facing education authorities in the region.

Forum Education Ministers Meeting Effective in First Decade

PRESS RELEASE - 11th August 2010 - The Forum Education Ministers' Meeting (FEdMM) has provided a very effective platform for leveraging donors and development partners' reactions to the development needs of education in the region.

EU and SPC to Cooperate on Deep-Sea Minerals Project

The European Union (EU) and SPC have signed a Contribution Agreement worth ?4.4 million for a project entitled 'Deep Sea Minerals in the Pacific Islands Region: A Legal and Fiscal Framework for Sustainable Resource Management'.

Solomon Islands Election 2010 - Joint Statement

SOLOMON ISLANDS ELECTION 2010INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVERSSTATEMENTPacific Islands Forum, Australia and New Zealand8 August 2010

Republic of Marshall Islands Sign Pacific Petroleum Project MoU

PRESS RELEASE - 6th August 2010 - The Republic of the Marshall Islands today signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the Pacific Petroleum Project, the fifth Pacific Island Country to sign after the Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue and Tuvalu.

Pacific ACP Leaders' Meeting Outcomes

41st PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM - PRESS RELEASE - 4th August 2010 - The 8th meeting of the Pacific ACP Leaders was held in Port Vila, Republic of Vanuatu Tuesday 3rd August to discuss the progress of European Union assistance through the European Development Fund (EDF) to the region as well as trade issues.

New Forum Chair Calls for Removal of Barriers against Democracy

PORT VILA, VANUATU - PRESS RELEASE - 3rd August 2010 - The Chair of the 41st Pacific Islands Forum and Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, Hon. Edward Natapei, MP, has called for the removal of barriers and elements in the region that deny democracy and good governance.

Climate Change Issues Dominate SIS Leaders' Meeting

PRESS RELEASE - 3rd August 2010 - Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum Smaller Islands States (SIS) held their 19th meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu today with climate change issues dominating the meeting.

Modest Growth Expected for Pacific Economies in 2011, Says ADB

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Stronger than expected economic growth in resource rich Timor-Leste has resulted in an upgrade of the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) forecast of economic growth in the Pacific region, according to the latest edition of ADB's Pacific Economic Monitor.

Issues for the 41st Pacific Islands Forum

PRESS RELEASE - 1st August 2010