Regional Archive May 2011

It's Time to Quit - World No Tobacco Day, 31 May

Health workers throughout the region are raising their voices in warning about the dangers of tobacco smoking.

European Union Releases 9 million (Euros) for Pacific ACP Countries

European Union releases 9 million (Euros) for increasing the trade capacity of Pacific ACP countries

Agreement Strengthens Partnership Between Pacific and Caribbean

Press Release - Apia, Samoa - A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5C's).

WHO Calls for Tougher Laws on Smoking

MANILA, 31 May 2011 - The World Health Organization (WHO) today called on governments to pass and enforce national laws that will prevent premature deaths from tobacco-related diseases.

Culture Mapping, Planning and Policy (CMPP) Sub-Regional Workshop

More resources and better coordinated approach needed to address culture sector, says former Tuvalu PM

Conservation Awareness Strengthened in Rotuma

Empowered communities in Rotuma, an isolated island located to the North of Fiji, are strong stewards of their environment caring for their biodiversity and undertaking programs to conserve nature on the island.

Managing the Impact of Climate Change on the Agricultural Sector

Wednesday 18th May, 2011 Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Suva, Fiji

SPC to Concentrate on Climate Change Adaptation Issues

Wednesday 19th May, 2011 Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Suva, Fiji

ADB to Help Step Up Resource Management in Threatened Coral Triangle

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (19 May 2011) - One of the world's most diverse and threatened marine ecosystems - the Coral Triangle - is getting Asian Development Bank (ADB) support to improve management of its rich resources and to provide job alternatives for people living in the coastal communities.

PILN highlighted as a model for South-South Cooperation

Seven-years since the Pacific Island countries requested for its set up - the Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) will be showcased at a South-South Cooperation meeting in Korea from 18-20 May.

Nagoya Protocol - Access and Benefits Sharing

Press Release: Nature Conservation

Enhancing Government Services in the Pacific Region Using ICT

In response to the challenges and opportunities of this digital age, many public sector organisations are embracing the concept of e-government-government using information and communication technology (ICT) to improve their service delivery, strengthen accountability, and increase transparency.

Tonga Hosts Forum Trade Officials and Ministers

Press Statement - Monday 16 May 2011The Forum Trade Ministers' Meeting (FTMM) will be held in Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga on 18-19 May 2011.

Commemorating International Migratory Birds Day in our Pacific

Today is International Migratory Birds Day, and the Pacific is the place where some of the longest and most spectacular bird migrations take place, although many Pacific islanders these days may not be aware of migrant birds.

Asia's Booming Economies Need to Tackle Soaring Road Accident Rates - ADB

MANILA, PHILIPPINES -ADB today marked the start of a worldwide Decade of Action for Road Safety with a call for governments to tackle Asia and the Pacific's disproportionately high rate of road fatalities and serious injuries.

SPC and UOG Expand Partnership

he Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the University of Guam (UOG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enhance their collaboration.

Pacific ACP Countries and CROP Agencies High Performers Under EDF

PRESS RELEASE (32/11)10th May 2011

European Union Contributes to New International Network on Tropical Root Crops

The European Union (EU) has contributed ?3 million over five years to the newly formed International Network for Edible Aroids (INEA), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is one of the project's implementing agencies. INEA is a consortium of scientists and growers from all over the world.

SG Welcomes US President's Decision on Treaty of Rarotonga

PRESS STATEMENT - Friday 6th May 2011 - The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade warmly welcomes United States President Obama's decision to seek Senate consent to ratify the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty protocols.

NZ Hosts Pacific Regional Counter-Terrorism Exercise

PRESS STATEMENT from the office of New Zealand Foreign Minister, Hon. Murray McCully - Wednesday 4th May 2011 - Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, says a Pacific regional counter-terrorism exercise is being hosted in New Zealand this week.

Korea Signs New $550 Million Cofinancing Agreement with ADB

HA NOI, VIET NAM - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Republic of Korea today signed an agreement to extend and expand Korea's support for ADB development projects in Asia and the Pacific.
Typhoon Ketsana dropped 455 mm - a month's worth - of rain on Metro Manila in the Philippines on 26 September 2009, flooding vast areas, killing hundreds, and stranding thousands.

Asia Must Address Climate Change Impact on Water and Food - ADB Panel

HA NOI, VIET NAM - Climate change will create unprecedented challenges in the Asia-Pacific region in coming years, intensifying existing pressures on water and food supplies, while exacerbating weather related disasters, a panel of experts stressed today.

Expansion of Social Protection is Key to Inclusive Growth, Says Civil Society Panel

Broader social protection will help the poor and vulnerable in Asia and the Pacific to break the cycle of poverty and enhance the quality of the region's economic growth through better employment opportunities, increased productivity, and protection against economic shocks, a panel of experts said today.

Green Leaders Spell Out Vision for Next 50 Years

Zurich, April 29th 2011 - A summit of environmental leaders and politicians has called for an urgent move towards a global green economy in order to achieve sustainable development over the next half century.

Responding to Cybercrime Threats in the Pacific

Wednesday 27 April 2011, Nuku´alofa, Tonga - Threats originating from cybercrime or computer-related crime are just as real to Pacific Island nations as any other country in the world and therefore need to be addressed through appropriate national cybercrime policies and legislation