Building a Stronger Pacific

Photo: SPC/WTYSL Over its 75 year history the Pacific Community has always put capacity building at the heart of its strategy. The technical, scientific and social programmes undertaken have helped build up the region’s knowledge base, strengthened…

International Women’s Day 2022 – Break the Bias

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day – Break the Bias is a reminder for us as an organisation of the ongoing work needed in this critical area of gender equality. For women and girls in our region to feel safe, be included in decision making,…

Building the future of Pacific Food Systems

The Food Systems Summit held on September 23 in New York was an opportunity for the world to come together to find solutions to one of the major challenges of our generation: transforming the systems that make it possible to produce and consume food in a…

Trust, flexibility and innovation: celebrating the partnership between New Zealand and the Pacific Community

I recall vividly the first days of COVID-19, when the Pacific – and the world – discovered this new disease which was going to so deeply upset all of our certainties. For intergovernmental organisations such as the Pacific Community (SPC), agility and…

Towards a decade for Oceans: Protecting the Pacific’s most valuable resource

In literature, there are countless stories of adventures across the ‘7 seas’, each body of water with its own history, character and culture. For most of history each of our oceans were seen as a different world, similar but disconnected, in the same way…

Securing the future of climate resilience in the Pacific cannot be left to chance

Following the publication of the Initial Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Synthesis Report aimed at measuring the progress of national climate action plans ahead of COP26, the United Nations warned in late February that current levels of climate…

Nature-based solutions for climate resilience and biodiversity conservation in the Pacific

Nature-based solutions for climate resilience and biodiversity conservation in the Pacific  

Launching the Pacific Data Hub: a one-stop shop

    This post originally appeared on the DevPolicy Blog. It has been reprinted here with permission

CRGA 50: The Pacific spirit of cooperation, consensus and community

This week it was my pleasure to welcome delegates to the 50th meeting of the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA), and our very first virtual session. Virtual meetings are obviously not the same as an in-person talanoa…

Good data is the key to a sustainable post-COVID Pacific

Good data and statistics make essential contributions to building resilient and strong democratic societies. Decisions based on empirical data rather than anecdote or opinion are the foundation for good policy and planning. A focus on science and…
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