Launch of the Institute of Human Rights Research.

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.

Interview with Mr Amitesh Deo, Senior Consultant, Waste Recyclers Fiji Limited.

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.

Pacific Green Cities – the connection to Human Rights

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.

Tools


PECX

The Pacific Environment and Climate Exchange is an innovation and finance hub connecting project ideas in the Pacific islands with financing from around the globe.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Businesses everywhere are introducing CSR frameworks as a measure for giving back to the community of customers that makes their business viable.

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Green Initiatives

Businesses everywhere are taking action to make their activities greener… friendlier to people and environment. The initiatives  profiled here are meant to inspire similar action.

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“How to” Guides

Businesses want to become greener. But how do they do so? With these guides you can start tomorrow taking steps to transition to a green business while making more profit.

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Resources

We are not alone with this vision of greening business. There are resources being developed around the world that can help us in our own transition to a greener business model.

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Financial Support

Going green brings savings; thus it makes long-term financial sense. However if you need financial support to set you on the right track, see some options for your business.

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Sectors


Blue Economy

Large ocean nations like ours in the Pacific need to start looking at themselves as Blue Economies. We need to maximise returns from the blue economy while ensuring adherence to sustainability principles.

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Sustainable Energy

Energy is an important, at times considerable, component of the expenses of any business. Turning to renewables would benefit both the environment and the bottom line of any business.

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Green Packaging

Our lands and seas have become clogged with plastic and other litter derived from bags and packaging materials. Businesses need to take the lead and start the transition to greener biodegradable packaging.

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Sustainable Agriculture

The organic movement is addressing the world’s reliance on chemicals to grow our plants and vegetables, shifting to greener production with benefits to the environment and our health.

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Sustainable Tourism

Tourists come to the Pacific to enjoy our pristine environment. We need to ensure tourism contributes to the environment to protect the goose that lays the golden eggs.

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Sustainable Transport

Transport is another important component of business expense. Bringing sustainability in your transport needs is good for the planet and your bottom line.

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Natural Resources

We are blessed with natural resources that can give us income generation opportunities. Our people can prosper through the sustainable use and proper management of these natural resources.

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Business & Human Rights

There is no real development in a country unless people’s rights are properly observed. Although the safeguard of people’s rights is primarily the role of governments, business also has an important role to play.

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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.