SPC pays tribute to Pacific women leaders


In the March 2021 edition of our newsletter we are placing special emphasis on stories, events and news around women in the Pacific. 

In February and March each year, SPC marks the International Day for Women and Girls in Science and international Women’s Day. These days give us an opportunity to celebrate the leading role of women in the Pacific, and to highlight the incredible contributions that women are making in every division of SPC. In the past we have had the privilege of profiling Pacific woman from across our region working in fisheries, land resources, geosciences, human rights, education and more. This year we have added more of these profiles in a week-long awareness campaign that I am confident will continue to inspire pride across all our Pacific communities.    

Our efforts around women’s issues take on extra significance in 2021 as we prepare for the 14th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 7th Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Women, set to open on the 14th of April. While the COVID travel restrictions in the region will make these primarily virtual events, that has not dampened the enthusiasm or the determination for the important work and discussions that will be taking place.

On the international stage we are also looking forward to our participation in the 65th Session for the UN Commission on the Status of Women due to open on 15 March where SPC will add a Pacific voice to the gathering of governments, UN agencies and international NGOs from across the globe.

Also in this edition we have wrap up of key activities, success stories, new publications and for the first time a dedicated section for news from our regional offices.

On behalf of everyone at SPC, thank you for your continued support and interest in our work. 

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Dr Stuart Minchin

Director-General (Noumea)

Before he joined the Pacific Community (SPC) on 23 January 2020, Dr Minchin previously served as Chief of the Environmental Geoscience Division of Geoscience Australia, a centre of expertise in the Australian Government for environmental earth science issues and the custodian of national environmental geoscience data, information and knowledge. He has represented Australia in key international forums and has been the Principal Delegate to both the UN Global Geospatial Information Management Group of Experts (UNGGIM) and the Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO).