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  • 22 Jul 2013
    Gender and Macroeconomic Issues in Asia and the Pacific - Quarterly Newsletter vol.4 issue 2

    The 2013 second issue of the newsletter covers events and activities across the region on macroeconomics issues from a gender perspective. Download a copy to read about mobility of Thai nurses under ASEAN Economic Community and new resources.

  • 19 Jul 2013
    Solomon Islanders Take Another Step Forward towards Sustainable Peace

    For the past week, over 40 religious, private sector, and civil society leaders from around the Solomon Islands have participated a training course in peacebuilding.

  • 10 Jul 2013
    Translating National Integration of Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change at the Community Level

    The integration of climate change and disaster risk management functions is taking place at the national and community level in various ways. Today, at the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, representatives from Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Tonga shared concrete examples of how these are impacting at the national level.

  • 05 Jul 2013
    N-Peace Awardees to be announced soon

    Voting has closed for the N-Peace Awards as of 3 July. In the coming weeks ahead, technical experts will carry out a second routine verification process to check confirmed votes were made with legitimate email accounts and; remove votes that cannot be validated as genuine emails. N-Peace Awardees will be announced in late July!

  • 05 Jul 2013
    Another Step Forward towards Sustainable Peace in the Pacific

    For the past three weeks, over 35 religious and civil society leaders from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea (including Bougainville), West Papua, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Nauru, Kiribati, Samoa and American Samoa, have undergone an intensive training course in peacebuilding.

  • 24 Jun 2013
    Pacific youth to take on organic agriculture

    The second in a series of workshops to build the skills of youth in organic agriculture concluded in Port Vila last week. Organic agriculture is a farming system that relies on working closely with the ecosystem without reliance on chemicals to increase yields or manage weeds and pests. Organic agriculture is also one of the areas attracting young farmers worldwide. Against the backdrop of an aging farming population in the Pacific, organic agriculture has been identified as a means to get more young Pacific Islanders involved in farming.

  • 17 Jun 2013
    Journalists Encouraged to Increase Reporting on Housing Issues

    Media stories on urbanization and housing in the Pacific are not always given the prominence they deserve, yet the role of the media in giving a voice to the people living on the margins of society is crucial in shaping public opinion and catalyzing policy decisions that respect people’s rights.

  • 17 Jun 2013
    Garry Wiseman: Opening of Media Workshop “Promoting the Right to Adequate Housing in Melanesia”

  • 15 Jun 2013
    Consultation Identifies Ways to Support a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence

    There are many ways in which women can be empowered to promote a culture of peace and non-violence in the Pacific, just as there are many ways in which culture has been used as an excuse to limit the rights of girls and women.

  • 13 Jun 2013
    Give Greater Recognition to Women's Role in Promoting a Culture of Peace in the Pacific:UN

    Women in the Pacific have shown over and over again that it is they who foster peace in a myriad of recognised and unrecognised ways. Women’s roles in bringing lasting peace and recognition in strife-torn societies need to be given a greater recognition.

  • 31 May 2013
    Pacific Parliamentarians Conclude Exchange Visit to Australia for Climate Discussions

    A group of Pacific Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff today concluded a week long study exchange to Australia during which they met with their Australian counterparts as well as researchers and held discussions on strengthening the role of Pacific Parliaments in tackling climate change.

  • 31 May 2013
    Securing A Safer Pacific

    More than thirty officials of Forum and United Nations Member Countries and representatives of civil society attended the ‘Security Sector Governance in the Pacific’ meeting that was convened jointly by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Centre in Suva, Fiji from 22 to 24 May 2013. The meeting examined the need to develop national overarching policies that guide agencies such as police, customs, immigration and defence in the development of coordinated responses to address potential security threats. Key discussions included the need for Pacific countries to establish mechanisms for effective civilian oversight and accountability to ensure security sector institutions are effective in protecting human rights, democratic processes and the rule of law.

  • 29 May 2013
    AIDS laws in Asia and the Pacific are failing to protect those most vulnerable

    Bangkok–Legal protections are unevenly enforced and human rights violations persist for people living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific. According to a new report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), weak anti-discrimination laws affect the daily lives of those living with HIV by creating barriers to access to health care, prevention and treatment, and employment and education opportunities. Most people who experience rights abuses do not attempt to seek redress through legal means, according to the report.

  • 17 May 2013
    Experts and Young People Call for Increased Respect for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in Asia

    Experts and Young People Call for Increased Respect for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in Asia

  • 14 May 2013
    Pacific Solution Exchange Event Promotes Technology Uses in Climate Change Programmes

    More than 40 development experts from across the Pacific today met to discuss existing and potential ways to incorporate Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as social media and mobile phone technology, into climate change, disaster risk and development programmes.

  • 03 May 2013
    Pacific Joins Asia and Latin America to Address Barriers to Access Climate Finance

    Community members and specialists in the Pacific are invited to join Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to share ideas on overcoming challenges being faced by countries keen to utilise global climate change finance.

  • 29 Apr 2013
    Zero Hunger Challenge Comes to Asia and the Pacific

    The United Nations launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific here today in the presence of top national leaders, calling on governments, farmers, scientists, business, civil society and consumers to join hands to end hunger in the region where the majority of the world’s undernourished people live.

  • 11 Apr 2013
    Challenging the Perception Among Pacific Youth that Farming is Not a Worthy Career

    The popularity of a Pacific-wide e-discussion about challenges in engaging Pacific youth in agriculture, forestry and food security, has today prompted a one-week extension.

  • 05 Apr 2013
    Accelerated action needed with 1,000 days to go on Millennium Development Goals

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners across Asia and the Pacific are today observing the milestone of 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

  • 04 Apr 2013
    Art Exhibit by Sex Workers from ASEAN countries “Yet, still we dance!”

    ‘Yet, still we dance’ was a unique art exhibit with works created by sex workers from eight ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste. More than 50 sex worker artists were involved in creating this exhibit using a range of mediums including sculpture, painting, fabric, and photography. It ran for 10 days at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.