SIDS Conference: SPC and partners emphasise importance of coastal fisheries

harvest-of-tilapia-NauruA side event at the United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa focused on the role of aquaculture and small-scale fisheries in SIDS. The event, titled ‘Inclusive value chains for livelihoods, trade and food security: the case of small-scale fisheries and the aquaculture industry in small island developing states’, was co-sponsored by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and took place on Monday 1 September 2014.

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SIDS Conference: EU-SPC-Pacific Islands Partnership on Sustainable Energy highlighted at Forum

Unloading-North-REP-project--cargoesSustainable Energy is one of the six multi-stakeholder Partnership Dialogues being held during this week’s Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa. Central to the Sustainable Energy debate is use of renewable energy technologies to reduce SIDS reliance on fossil fuels, with their high cost and damaging environmental impacts.

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Kiribati's President launches first Joint Implementation Plan for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

Monday 1 September 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva

Kiribati-CC-DRMHis Excellency Anote Tong, the President of Kiribati, launched the Kiribati Joint Implementation Plan for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (KJIP) on 29 August 2014 in Tarawa, together with the Population Policy and Population Implementation Strategy. At the launch, the President said: ‘These policies are key government priorities touching the life of the people where it matters most. [...] The formulation of these policies was as sensitive as possible, involving all partners and communities. They represent powerful tools to coordinate and jointly monitor the implementation. I have deep appreciation to all who contributed to this plans – especially the communities and partners. The ownership of these documents must be with our people. The plans are a milestone in our national planning and coordination process.’

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Tonga a world leader in seabed minerals law

Friday 29 August 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

Law-DraftingThe Kingdom of Tonga this month became the first country in the world to put in place a law that manages seabed mineral activities within its national marine space and under its sponsorship in international waters.

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