SUVA, April 18 2019: University of Fiji, the Pacific Islands Development Forum and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights launched the Institute of Human Rights Research. The institute will help in advancing studies on human rights in the Pacific region and in advocating for the ultimate need to rigorously protect them. The Institute was formally established by the signing of an MOU between the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, The University of Fiji, and the Pacific Islands Development Forum. Read more.
Mr Deo told us that “A major setback is just the lack of interest in recycling and what we do. Since we are a private run company, most times government ministries and departments, such as the Department of Environment, discount us as “just another business” rather than an important stakeholder. Our work has not been taken very seriously as we only work with what resources we have available. Government stakeholders need to put more efforts in recognizing our work in order to help facilitate more programs with other stakeholders such aid donors to work with WRFL, help subsidizing costs to make sure we have better resources through government funding programs.” Read the full interview.
Interview with Ms Christine Pickering, the entrepreneur and Creative Director behind Kavara WoodArt.
Ms Pickering said that Kavara WoodArt was born from “the idea of utilizing this precious resource ensuring our logs are used to their full potential and not gone to waste.” “I hope to grow the business by empowering the disadvantaged (people living with disabilities, young, uneducated, etc.). Teaching people who lack qualifications to find a decent job, teaching people that craft work and art is also a form of business,” she told us. Read the full interview.
NADI, July 1 2019: “The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has an objective to promote Green Towns, Villages and Islands in the Pacific in accordance with principles of the Green Economy, as key tools to build resilience of communities and protecting their human rights”. This was stated by PIDF Team Leader Programme Management, Mr. Mark Borg, to participants at the recently held 5th Pacific Urban Forum side- event in Nadi. The Side Event on “Human rights – a transformative framework for the achievement of SDG11 and the New Urban Agenda” was organised by the United Nations Human Rights Pacific-Office in partnership with PIDF featuring panellists from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), United Nations Migration (IOM), and PIDF Team Leader Programme Management, Mr. Mark Borg. Read more.
Just released: Talanoa Report – Sustainable, Resilient and Low Carbon Sea Transport for Pacific Island Countries
This Talanoa discussed a proposal submitted by Fiji and Marshall Islands (RMI) for a considerable investment to support the transition of Pacific domestic and regional shipping towards sustainable low emissions Maritime Sector. Transport is the biggest consumer of fossil fuel in the Pacific but has lagged behind in decarbonisation. Many of the ships are old and incur greater operating costs when compared to other modernised options currently available. The potential exists for a targeted approach to decarbonise Pacific shipping fleets, and this has been evident ever since Tony de Brum made a call to do so at the international level at the IMO in 2016. An outcome of this Talanoa was the establishment of Working Groups of development partners, co-chaired by Fiji and the RMI, which will take the proposal forward, with the ultimate aim of presenting a finalized Draft of this Proposal at the UNSG’s Climate Summit in New York in September this year. One Working Group will be tasked to coordinate the overall efforts related to the pro-posal (Coordinating Working Group – CWG), another to focus on financial matters (Financing Working Group – FWG) and a third to focus on technical matters (Technical Working Group – TWG). Download here.
The Pacific Green Business Centre
The Private Sector and SDGs
The Pacific Green Business Centre aims to provide support to the Pacific Private Sector in designing and implementing strategies to make their businesses more sustainable while remaining profitable. It also aims to promote industries that support the Green/Blue Economy such as Sustainable Tourism, Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Forestry and Fisheries.
SDG 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The Private Sector needs to ensure it eliminates any dumping of waste or release of chemicals that could pollute fresh water sources. There is a need to also take steps to make efficient use of water and eliminate water wastage. Businesses involved with the sale of hardware need to provide affordable and good quality alternatives for materials used in improving water and sanitation infrastructure. The Private Sector could also consider devoting some of their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to improving water ecosystems and the water and sanitation conditions of local communities.