Looking to 2019: The Blue Pacific narrative will be key for our region

The end of another year provides a good opportunity to reflect on our work and the development trends we have seen across the Pacific. A unifying theme for 2018 could be ‘integration’. At SPC, we have continued our internal prioritisation efforts and…

Ending violence against women must be a priority for our region

Statement by SPC Director General Colin Tukuitonga for Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women   November 25 marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an annual global…

The ‘Green Pacific’ offers a pathway to a brighter future

It is a fact that Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) contribute a minuscule amount to the global emissions of harmful Greenhouse Gases that cause climate change. On the other hand, every year, PICTs import for one billion US in fossil fuels…

SPC DG Statement to UNGA73 on Non-Communicable Diseases

Check Against Delivery Statement to UNGA73  HLM3 on NCDs Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director General, Pacific Community   Honourable Leaders, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

Tuna Fisheries Are Vital To Our Blue Continent

The fish that thrive in our waters are of great importance to Pacific Island countries. Shared stewardship of the Pacific Ocean and maintaining regional solidarity as one “Blue Continent” will ensure this resource continues to make a significant…

Promotion and protection of Pacific culture remains a priority for SPC

One of the most prominent outcomes from the 48th meeting of the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) was the affirmation of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) role in the protection and promotion of our region’s cultures. At…

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…
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