NCD prevention should focus on young people

Thursday 28 August 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Apia -

The Youth Forum preceding the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa, began today. Around 260 young people from the Pacific, Caribbean and AIMS (Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea) regions have gathered to discuss the priorities that they will take forward into the coming week of meetings and events at the SIDS Conference.

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Building capacity to manage emergency operations in Palau

Participants-taking-notes-Emergency-Operations-Center-training-in-PalauParticipants from Palau Government departments, Palau Red Cross and the media attended training last week on establishing and managing Emergency Operations Centers.

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Utilising Senile Coconut Palm Stems in the Pacific

cocowood-veneerAlmost every literature written on coconuts declares it as the “tree-of-life” and rightly so, since almost every part of this amazing palm can be used, from the nuts, fronds, stems to the roots.

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SPC makes substantial progress in reducing its carbon footprint

Tuesday 26 August 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea

Green-Gaz-ReductionIn late 2012, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) adopted a target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below its 2011 level by the end of 2016. The annual greenhouse gas monitoring report has revealed that SPC made substantive progress towards achieving this target during the first year of its emissions reduction programme. In total, the organisation’s carbon footprint was reduced by approximately 12% (equivalent to more than 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year), even though the organisation continued to grow in the level of programme activity and number of staff since 2011, the base year against which the organisation is measuring its emission reduction achievements. When viewed on an emissions per staff member basis, emissions were reduced by 18.6%, which is a significant achievement.

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