Regional Archive October 2012

Upgraded West Guadalcanal Road Officially Open

The Government of Solomon Islands and development partners today opened the West Guadalcanal road, boosting connectivity between West Guadalcanal and Honiara.

PNG: Another Media Bashing Condemned

PFF, Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS-- Another attack on a journalist in Papua New Guinea has been condemned by regional media monitoring body the Pacific Freedom Forum, PFF.

SPC and IRENA Sign MoU to Collaborate on Renewable Energy

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has formed a partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to coordinate energy security strategies around the vast Pacific region through a unified approach.

Melanesian Countries Discuss Forest Carbon Rights

SPC, through its Forests and Trees team in the Land Resources Division (LRD), has organised a two-day regional workshop in Nadi, Fiji, on forest carbon rights in Melanesia.

Different Roles, Different Needs, Different Priorities in New Caledonia

Does the high cost of living in New Caledonia have the same impact on women as on men?

Training for Local Fishermen to Supply Fish to Kiribati's New Fish Factory

The EU-funded, SPC-implemented, DevFish2 project funded a training workshop on small fishing operations (SFO) from 11 to 20 September 2012 in Kiribati.

Policy Makers Undergo Gender Awareness and Analysis Training

"This is the first targeted training for government officials to undergo training on gender awareness and analysis to support them in their role to mainstream gender into public policy and programmes in Cook Islands."

Protocol on Sharing Benefits of Genetic Resources Signed by Pacific Island Nations

10 October 2012, CBD COP 11, Hyderabad India - Three Pacific island countries, FSM, Palau and Vanuatu have signed the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, with Fiji, the fourth country in the process of acceding to the Protocol.

'New Flags Flying' Records Conversations with Pacific Leaders

A book recording conversations with some of the founding Pacific Islands Forum Leaders has been launched in the region at a ceremony held at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji on 9 October.

Fiji Calls for More Support at Biosafety Meeting

6 October 2012, CBD COP 11, Hyderabd, India - The Pacific region has engaged in the course of international meetings to help save World biodiversity with the curtain raiser event in Hyderabad, India.

USD4 Million for Niue Solar Initiative

PRESS STATEMENT - The remote island nation of Niue will access US$4,000,000 from the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund for a significant national solar power initiative.

Progress in Regional Disability Strategy Implementation

The Pacific region has recorded progress in the implementation of the region's strategy on disability since it was adopted in 2009.

Pacific Island Ministers Endorse Regional REDD+ Policy Framework

The 3RD Regional Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry, convened by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community on 28 September 2012 in Nadi, Fiji, endorsed the Pacific Islands Regional Policy Framework for REDD+.

SPC Partners with Paradise Technologies to Improve its Corporate Carbon Footprint

Monday 1 October 2012, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji. This year was declared the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, and the initiative has three major goals to be achieved by 2030.