CRGA 50: The Pacific spirit of cooperation, consensus and community

This week it was my pleasure to welcome delegates to the 50th meeting of the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA), and our very first virtual session. Virtual meetings are obviously not the same as an in-person talanoa…

Good data is the key to a sustainable post-COVID Pacific

Good data and statistics make essential contributions to building resilient and strong democratic societies. Decisions based on empirical data rather than anecdote or opinion are the foundation for good policy and planning. A focus on science and…

Young people’s right to be heard, our responsibility to listen

Young people’s right be heard, our responsibility to listen Today the Pacific Community is joining our friends and partners from across the region and around the world in marking International Youth Day. The day has a special significance in the Pacific…

Pacific response to COVID-19 is demonstrating power of regionalism

Health supplies being loaded for PNG as part of the PHP-C The Pacific Heads of Health recently held a virtual meeting under the shadow of COVID-19. The tone was understandably sombre and serious. The crisis being faced across the globe has certainly not…

Fueling Pacific Economic Engines with Open Data in Times of Covid-19

Throughout my career, I have always championed the value of open data, especially geospatial and earth observation data for the social, environmental and economic growth that it brings. Access to timely and accurate data is critical to maximizing the…

2020 World No Tobacco Day Focuses on Youth

2020 World No Tobacco Day Focuses on Youth Tobacco is a preventable risk factor for many non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, lung and heart diseases. Despite these well-known facts, tobacco use remains high globally and is a major risk…

Dr Stuart Minchin, SPC Director-General: With the crisis, we’re learning new ways of working

"Working from home, but open for business" by Stuart Minchin, SPC's Director-General

In these times of great uncertainty for the Pacific, I would first like to reaffirm our commitment, alongside our CROP partners, to supporting our member countries and territories in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Universal access to water and sanitation key to building a resilient Pacific

Universal access to water and sanitation key to building a resilient Pacific   By Dr Stuart Minchin, Director-General Pacific Community (SPC) This World Water Day, more than a million Pacific Islanders are waking to the task of collecting drinking water…

Dr Stuart Minchin, new Director-General of SPC: I want to start a journey

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