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UNDP report shows steady development progress for Pacific Island States

On average people are living longer, receiving more education, and accessing more goods and services than they ever before. That’s according to the “Human Development Indices and Indicators: 2018 Statistical Update” (HDI) published by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). 

The report covers 189 countries, including 10 Pacific Island States; the largest survey in the region to date.  


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.

A programme supported by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Hunga island, in the Tonga archipelago, gives women and men equal decision-making powers.

Together they have agreed on a series of large-scale infrastructure projects which have changed life for the better, as Joanne Levitan reports from Hunga.

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