Regional Archive February 2011

SPC Supports FSM in Developing Action Plan for Agriculture

Thanks to the Pohnpei State Agriculture Strategic Action Plan (2011-2015) launched last November, agriculture development activities in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) will be more effective and streamlined.

ADB, PNG Sign Renewable Energy Loan to Cut Power Shortages

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Asian Development Bank today signed a loan worth $57.3 million to reduce power shortages in urban areas.

Australian Citizen Claims Assault by Fiji Military

An Australian citizen of Fijian descent has made claims that he was assaulted by soldiers of the Fijian Military when he visited the country last year.

ICT is a Key Tool for Sustainable Development

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 - Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provides a platform for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through the implementation of locally appropriate national development strategies.

Regional Workshop Discusses Cairns Compact Implementation Progress

PRESS RELEASE - 22nd February 2011 - The second regional workshop on the Cairns Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination has opened in Nadi, Fiji with a call for more guidance and direction to the Forum Secretariat in coordinating the region's collective efforts to progress the implementation of the Compact.

Huge Win for our Oceans!

Can you picture 4.5 million km² of ocean? It's not easy - it's more than ten times the Great Barrier Reef or about the size of the current European Union.

FSM Adopts Comprehensive Trade Policy

Press Release - 20th February 2011 - The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade has congratulated the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) for adopting a ground-breaking National Comprehensive Trade Policy.

Peace Corp to Work with SPC

The United States Peace Corps and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will allow for the placement of Peace Corps volunteers in SPC to assist in some institutional and organisational work.

Trade Ministers Reconfirm Commitment to PICTA

PRESS STATEMENT - Wednesday, 16 February 2011 - Pacific ACP Trade Ministers have reconfirmed their commitment to the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA).

The Region has a New Plan to Help Strengthen Pacific Wetlands

Press Release - A new three-year action plan has been developed outlining activities, responsibilities and targets that seek to promote and strengthen the conservation and wise use of wetlands in our region.

Outcomes of Meeting of Forum MCG on Situation in Fiji

PRESS RELEASE - MEETING OF THE FORUM MINISTERIAL CONTACT GROUP (MCG) ON FIJI - Port Vila, Vanuatu - 14 February 2011

Ministerial Contact Group (MCG) on Fiji

PRESS STATEMENT - 13 February - MEETING OF THE FORUM MINISTERIAL CONTACT GROUP (MCG) ON FIJIPort Vila, Vanuatu

Report Says Physical Activity Can Help Reduce Risk of Breast, Colon Cancers

Press Release - MANILA, 9 February 2011- Undertaking 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of breast and colon cancers, according to the new Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health released by the World Health Organization on World Cancer Day.

Migration Due to Climate Change Demands Attention - ADB

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Governments in Asia and the Pacific need to prepare for a large increase in climate-induced migration in the coming years, says a forthcoming report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

PFF to Fiji Regime: Remove News Censors

PFF, Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS--Fiji's regime is being reminded of its promise to remove censors from newsrooms once its media decree came into force, says regional media watchdog the Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF).

Japan Funding to Increase Foreign Investment and Private Sector

PRESS STATEMENT - 4th February 2010 - The Government of Japan will contribute US$200,000 to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat for two regional projects that support economic development in the region.

Work Intensifies in Preparation for EPA Negotiations

PRESS STATEMENT - Thursday, 3rd February 2011 - The Pacific ACP region is not alone in its struggle to negotiate a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU).

EU Commits to Progressing Pacific EPA

PRESS STATEMENT - Wednesday 2nd February 2011 - The European Union (EU) remains fully committed to concluding negotiations of a comprehensive trade and development agreement (EPA - Economic Partnership Agreement) with the Pacific region.

ComSec and SPC Co-operate to Use ICT to Improve Government Services

Wednesday, 2 February 2011 - The current economic crisis and the growing demand for good governance and more transparency has created an urgent need for governments to become more effective and efficient in the delivery of services in the face of budget cuts.

Renewed Impetus for EPA with EU

PRESS STATEMENT - Monday 31st January 2011 - PACIFIC REGION PUSHES ON:Renewed impetus sought for Economic Partnership Agreement with EU