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Society & Community

  • Cook Islands State of Environment Report endorsed by Cabinet

    July 14, 2020

    The Cook Islands State of Environment Report (SoE) 2018 was officially approved by Cabinet on 6 March, 2020. The report updates the 1993 baseline with the latest findings supported by scientific data from the Cook Islands and presents it in a form that is easily understood. The SoE charts Cook Islands journey towards their national […]

  • SPREP celebrates 27 years of service to the Pacific

    June 17, 2020

    The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) celebrated its 27th anniversary Tuesday since the signing of the Treaty Establishing SPREP on June 16, 1993. SPREP’s past anniversary celebrations have included public activities and events, such as SPREP’s famous ‘open days’ which have seen hundreds of school students from across Samoa visit SPREP’s campus […]

  • SPC launches new project, targets unemployed youths

    June 12, 2020

    The Pacific Community (SPC) has launched a new project dubbed “300 Coconut Bag Project” at the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) headquarters Monday. SPC in partnership with the Vanuatu Ocean Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vanuatu Society for People with Disability (VSDP) and the Ministry of Justice Disability team joined in the initiative […]

  • FFA convenes talks on Impacts of Climate Change on Tuna

    June 11, 2020

    THE Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has hosted a one-day online discussion today, on the impacts of Climate Change on Offshore Fisheries. The meeting is part of the Secretariat’s work programme emanating from Forum Fisheries Ministers.  At their meeting held in Pohnpei, FSM in June 2019, Ministers agreed that this work would include: (i) […]

  • Tuvalu wields new data in the fight against climate change

    June 10, 2020

    If you’ve been following the news related to COVID-19, you will have heard the mantra “testing, testing, testing”. The understanding is, if we don’t know how the virus is spreading, how can we possibly contain or manage it? When you think about it, the same logic applies to climate change – how can we possibly […]

  • New kids book calls for nuclear justice on World Ocean Day

    June 10, 2020

    In commemorating World Ocean Day, a new children’s book was launched to celebrate the history and journey of nuclear justice in the Marshall Islands. Elimoñdik is the first in a new series of children’s books by author, Brooke Takala, from the Marshall Islands. It is a story told to two young boys, Ahti and Aapo, of […]

  • New Regional Solarisation Project to Improve Resilience in the Pacific

    June 9, 2020

    A regional initiative signed in Suva last week will see Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems installed on buildings of national significance. The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji and the United Nations Resident Coordinator, MCO Office based in Fiji have endorsed the multi-country project for the Solarisation […]

  • World Environment Day 2020 – It’s Time for Nature

    June 4, 2020

    Opinion by Sefanaia Nawadra – Head of the UN Environment Programme, Pacific Office Around the globe there are more than one million plant and animal species on the verge of disappearing forever. The planet is not in good shape because of us. Nature is suffering biodiversity and habitat loss, a rapidly heating climate, and toxic […]

  • Fiji’s first state of the art greenhouse to be established

    June 4, 2020

    A brand new state of the art greenhouse will soon be established at Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture’s Koronivia Research Station (KRS), the first to be built for the Ministry. This has been made possible through partnership between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFIL), underscoring the importance of enhancing Fiji’s […]

  • Environmentalist calls on Cooks gov’t to listen to experts on seabed mining

    June 3, 2020

    An environmental activist in the Cook Islands says the government must listen to the experts on the merits of seabed mining. The Cook Islands is reputed to have billions of dollars worth of mineral-laden nodules on its ocean floor and is keen to exploit them. It is opposed to a call for a 10 year […]