Regional Archive September 2012

Cable System to Improve Internet Service

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved more than US$17 million dollars for the US$60 million Broadband for Development Project, which will build a submarine cable system.

5th Regional Meeting of Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services

The Fifth Regional Meeting of Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services (HOAFS) began this week in Nadi, Fiji with a challenge to address the strategic threat of rising food insecurity faced by the region's agriculture and forestry services.

Communications and Visibility for SPEITT Project and its Components

[Monday 24th September 2012, Suva, FIJI] Pacific regional organisations are enhancing communications and visibility under the Strengthening Pacific Economic Integration through Trade (SPEITT) Project.

Regional Quarantine and Plant Protection Officers Review Draft Standards

In this age of international travel and trade on a larger scale than ever before, as people and commodities move around the world, organisms that present risks to plants travel with them.

Community Based Disaster Risk Management Experiences Shared at Pacific Platform

What are some of the best approaches to ensuring that all community resources are recognized and mobilized for disaster risk reduction and management? How can equal participation of men and women be encouraged in this exercise? What are the most effective ways of linking local level projects to the national level?

Preparations Underway for Pacific Plan Review

[17 September 2012, Suva, Fiji] Work is now underway at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to prepare for a review of the Pacific Plan.
SPREP Director-General, Mr. David Sheppard launching the Pacific Climate Change Portal

The Pacific Climate Change Portal

The Pacific Climate Change Portal was launched in Noumea at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

How Old are these Fish? Regional Cooperation on Fishery Science Training at SPC and IRD

Six Pacific Island fisheries officers now have new skills in techniques for determining reef fish age and growth parameters after attending a training course last week at the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea, New Caledonia.

Reference Group on Sexual and Gender Based Violence Welcomes Gender Declaration

The Pacific Islands Forum Reference Group to Address Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) has welcomed the adoption by Pacific Island Forum Leaders of the Pacific Leaders' Gender Equality Declaration at their 2012 meeting in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
Leaders of Kiribati, Nauru and Marshall Islands shake hands after signing the  tri-lateral treaty

Pacific Leaders Settle Areas of National Maritime Jurisdiction

Rarotonga 29/08/12 - At the 43rd Pacific Islands Forum meeting here in Rarotonga this week, a unique event was witnessed when the Leaders of seven (7) Pacific Island Countries signed and exchanged a total of eight (8) Maritime Boundary Agreements.