Director-General

Tobacco use continues holding back the potential of the Pacific

World No Tobacco Day falls on 31 May every year, highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and promoting effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. It is a grim fact that tobacco use kills seven million people every year…

Why the Pacific is taking an integrated approach to climate change and NCDs

The Island nations of the Pacific region are a community encompassing many unique traditions, cultures and experiences. These generally small island nations are spread across one the largest and most important regions on Earth. With small populations…

Reflections on 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, I want to take a moment and express my appreciation to SPC staff, partners, donors and our many supporters around the world. It has been a year of evolution for SPC, and our achievements over the last 12 months have positioned…

“Fish is the cornerstone of food security in the Pacific region.”

Coastal Fisheries – Our Livelihoods, Our Future This dramatic statement was part of the 2011 SPC report ‘Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change’. That publication highlighted the importance of Pacific fisheries to…

Smart policy starts with good data

As the principal scientific and research organization for the Pacific region, big data, numbers and statistics are at the heart of our work.

Rendez-vous in Rome

A view of St Peter’s Square at the Vatican City. Photo by DAVID ILIFF The 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) is taking this week, bringing climate change issues to the forefront of global…

The ‘hidden’ health danger of climate change

Climate change is no longer a matter of theoretical debate. Its most visible impacts are already taking place across the globe, with changing weather patterns affecting the lives of billions. While climate change discussion tends to revolve around large-…

48th PIF meeting in Samoa highlights commitment and dedication of Pacific Leaders

Heads of CROP, 48th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting in Apia, Samoa Apia, Samoa felt like the very centre of the Pacific this week as it played host to the 48th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting, and the Smaller Islands States (SIS)…

Measuring progress towards the Healthy Islands vision

Last week I attended the 12th Pacific Health Ministers Meeting (PHMM) in the Cook Islands, hosted by Minister of Health, Hon. Nandi Glassie, and supported by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the World Health Organization. His Excellency Henry Puna, Prime…

Celebrating Pacific Community Success – A Landmark CRGA 47 and 10th SPC Conference

The CGRA47 and 10th Conference was another highlight event for our organization and a fitting celebration of the Pacific Community’s 70th birthday. While our CGRA’s and Conferences are always highpoints in the SPC’s calendar, this year’s event was…
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