Dr Colin Tukuitonga

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…

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…

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…

SINGAPORE – Lessons for the Pacific?

Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore Prime Minister and Dr Colin Tukuitonga, SPC Director-General Recently, I had the pleasure of joining Pacific leaders, Ministers and colleagues from the Pacific region in a study tour of Singapore at the invitation of the…

First official visit to French Polynesia as Director-General

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting French Polynesia for the first time which was also my first official visit as Director-General of the Pacific Community (SPC) to the territory. French Polynesia is a valuable member of the Pacific Community and a…
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