26th Council of the Pacific Arts and Culture
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 The Secretariat of the Pacific Community will host the 26th meeting of the Council of Pacific Arts and Culture on May 27–29 at the Vale ni Bose in Suva, Fiji.

The council, which brings together all the heads of culture of SPC member countries, as well as Hawai’i, Norfolk Island and Rapa Nui (which are members of the Festival of Pacific Arts), was established in 1975. Initially the council focused mainly on the Festival of Pacific Arts but it gradually became increasingly active in setting the culture and arts agenda for the region. It was at the request of the council, initially made in 1983, that SPC established a position to coordinate its work and to establish cultural development squarely as an area of SPC responsibility.  The Human Development Programme, through its Adviser–Culture, is responsible for hosting and acting as secretariat to the Council of Pacific Arts and Culture.

The council meets every two years, including twice on Festival if Pacific Arts years, and draws in a network of regional and international partners. According to a draft discussion paper presented to the 22nd CPA meeting, the council views culture as 'integral to the continued wellbeing of our peoples and to the social, economic and political development of our region’ and this is reflected in its design of the Regional Culture Strategy: Investing in Pacific Cultures 2010–2020, which is now under implementation at both national and regional levels.

The main agenda items of the 26th meeting of the council are:·         improvements in the management and organisation of the Festival;·         further strengthening the Council of Pacific Arts and Culture;·         culture policy development at national level;·         cultural industries and cultural intellectual cultural property;·         cultural heritage preservation and promotion;·         the cross-sectoral role of culture; and·         partner updates.On the third day of the meeting, the Council will hold a learning event, facilitated by a culture specialist from New Caledonia. This will be followed by an inaugural ‘market place’ with partner organisations to enable member countries to find out more about their partners’ work and identify possibilities for enhanced collaboration.Please click on link for more information: http://www.spc.int/hdp/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=189&Itemid=44 


Le Secrétariat général de la Communauté du Pacifique (CPS) organisera la vingt-sixième réunion du Conseil des arts et de la culture du Pacifique, du 27 au 29 mai, au Complexe Vale ni Bose, à Suva (Fidji).

Fondé en 1975, le Conseil rassemble les directeurs de la culture de l’ensemble des pays membres de la CPS, ainsi que les responsables culturels d’Hawaii, de Norfolk et de Rapa Nui (en leur qualité de membres du Festival des arts du Pacifique). Au départ, le Conseil s’occupait essentiellement du Festival des arts du Pacifique, mais il a progressivement élargi son champ d’action pour définir les priorités régionales dans les secteurs de la culture et des arts. C’est pour donner suite à une demande présentée par le Conseil en 1983 que la CPS a nommé un coordonnateur de la culture, chargé de faire du développement culturel un domaine de travail à part entière de l’Organisation. Le Département développement humain héberge le Conseil des arts et de la culture du Pacifique et lui fournit des services de secrétariat, mission qu’il assure par l’intermédiaire de sa Conseillère aux affaires culturelles.

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 May 2014 )
Cultural Economics Conference
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Cultural Economics: New opportunities and challenges for the Pacific  

An International Conference


Date:  March 20-21st, 2014

Venue:    Faculty of Business and Economics, Lecture Theatre, University of the South Pacific


Organised by:    The Faculty of Business and Economics, University of the South Pacific (USP), The Crawford School of Public Policy, Australia National University (ANU), Human Development Programme, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and Oceania Development Network (ODN) with participation of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS).


The purpose of the conference is to introduce Cultural Economics as an area of study, teaching and research in the Pacific region. In addition the Conference will serve to inform and address policy makers, learn from countries that have been successful in promoting culture as an economic resource, and promote the development of cultural statistics.


Last Updated ( Monday, 17 March 2014 )
Pacific women call for stronger regional processes to accelerate equality
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ImageThe 11th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women held at SPC headquarters in Noumea from 16-20 August 2010 called for stronger regional multi-sectoral processes and mechanisms to accelerate the achievement of equality between women and men in the Pacific Island region.

The call came in response to a regional report and presentation by SPC showing that while there are good examples of progress, overall implementation of commitments to gender equality has been slow in many areas over the past 15 years, and that national and regional institutions for gender equality continue to face significant challenges in their work.

Among the challenges are low staffing levels, limited resources and insufficient space and opportunity to contribute to and influence policy across the wide range of multi-sectoral development work going on in the region.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 May 2011 )
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