Regional Archive September 2011

Helping our Pacific People Adapt

'Positive impacts upon the livelihoods of the Pacific people' was one of the major highlights in the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project side event held 22nd Meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in Apia, Samoa.

POETCom Invited to the 42nd Forum Meeting in Auckland

The Pacific Organic and Fair Trade Community (POETCom) was present at the Pacific Island Forum Leaders 42nd meeting, held on 6-9 September, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Improved Regional Pesticides Management

Niue is to have its pesticide contaminated soil removed as part of a project on "Improved regional pesticides management", between the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

SPC Supports Capacity Building for Forestry Sector in the Pacific Region

'Capacity building is essential if Pacific Islands are to meet the challenges of sustainable forest resource management.'

SPC Organises Workshop on REDD+ Readiness in the Pacific

Sustainable use and management of forests and tree resources will remain an important focus of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Land Resources Division (LRD) for the foreseeable future.

SPC and Pitcairn Islands: Securing Reliable Water Supplies for Pitcairn Islanders

Pitcairn Islanders are experiencing longer, more severe periods of drought.

Pacific NCD Crisis

An epidemic of chronic lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart failure and cancer is undermining economic development and has placed the region in 'an NCD crisis', Pacific Islands Forum leaders have declared.

Vanuatu Livestock Sector Adapts to Climate Change Using Seasonal Forecasts

Climate change is affecting Vanuatu's livestock sector.

Climate Change Threatens to Increase Hunger in the Pacific - ADB Report

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Climate change threatens to increase hunger and malnutrition among the Pacific region's poorest people unless there is action soon, says a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Pacific Environment Forum Opens in Samoa

12th September, 2011 - The very first Pacific Environment Forum opened in Samoa today, drawing upon the expertise and experience of Pacific environment workers to discuss three vital issues of importance for our region.

Tokelau and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Sign Joint Country Strategy

On 6 September Tokelau and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) signed a joint country strategy (JCS).

Pacific Environment at the Heart of Four Day Discussions

The very first Pacific Environment Forum hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP) will take place on Monday.

United States, SPC and SPREP Announce Climate Adaptation Partnerships

Partnerships are part of larger $21 million US Government adaptation programme in Pacific Small Island Developing States

EPA with EU: Push Forward as One Region, Urge Leaders

PRESS STATEMENT [Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday 7th September 2011] Pacific ACP Leaders have called for continued negotiations on a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union as a single region with the support from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.


Pacific island leaders today witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the Chief Executive Officers of two key intergovernmental technical agencies. The MOU will strengthen commitment to collaboration and partnership for sustainable development in the Pacific Island region.

WHO Calls for United Action to Combat HIV/AIDS

BUSAN, Republic of Korea, 5 September 2011-"Diverse Voices, United Action" was the rallying cry at the recently concluded 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific held in Busan, Republic of Korea.
"I will bring your concerns back to the world, to the United Nations General Assembly and to the climate change negotiations in Durban later this year."

UN Secretary General in Kiribati Reaffirms Climate Change Commitment

"Many countries are dealing with climate change. But here, climate change threatens your territory, your culture and your very way of life."

Media Important at Forum Leaders' Meeting

PRESS RELEASE - 4th September 2011 - The media has a very important role to play at the annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' meetings.

Global HIV/AIDS Forum Hears Pacific Voices on AIDS Response in the Region

Pacific Islanders attending the second largest international forum on HIV/AIDS are using the forum to highlight the successes and challenges of responding to HIV/AIDS in the region.

Marshallese Women Develop Political Skills

PRESS RELEASE - 30th August 2011

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