Pacific Island

UN helps Pacific prepare for COVID-19 pandemic, warns that children are ‘hidden victims’

United Nations agencies are working together to provide vital support to Pacific Island countries as they rally to combat COVID-19 outbreaks across the region. 

UNDP report shows steady development progress for Pacific Island States

The 2017 Human Development Index covers 189 countries, including 10 Pacific Island States; the largest survey in the region to date.  In an interview for UN News, Matthew Johnson-Idan, Development Economist from UNDP Fiji, said the geography of the Pacific was unique, resulting in “some clear special challenges for this region”.

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Pacific Islands on the front line of climate change: UN chief

The concerns of the Pacific Islands, on the front line of climate change, are at the heart of the United Nations work, said Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday, at a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), an intergovernmental organization, which holds UN Observer status.

Tongan women break cultural norms to take decision-making role

Women on a remote Pacific island are breaking cultural barriers by taking on roles which will decide the future of their communities.

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Palau seeks UN World Court opinion on damage caused by greenhouse gases

The Pacific island nation of Palau announced plans today to seek an advisory opinion from a United Nations court on whether countries have a legal responsibility to ensure that any activities on their territory that emit greenhouse gases do not harm other States.

Ban dispatches UN team to Fiji to help resolve internal political tensions

A United Nations team is currently in Fiji as part of efforts by the world body to help the interim Government and other major political forces in the Pacific archipelago resolve their ongoing problems.

Ban to set up new climate change centre to support Pacific island countries

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced today that the United Nations and Samoa plan to establish an Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre to help coordinate support to Pacific Island countries to combat the impact of global warming in their region.