23 October, 2019

OSLO –Healthy oceans guarantee productive livelihoods, food security and socio-economic benefits for the world’s small island developing states (SIDS). However, these benefits are being severely tested. The oceans today are severely affected by the climate crisis, over-fishing, pollution and biodiversity loss. New and transformative ocean partnerships are urgently required to support SIDS in building their resilience and coping with the challenges they face.

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8 July, 2019

NEW YORK – Affordable and clean energy is critical for economic and social development including for the world’s small island developing States (SIDS). Having access to sustainable energy and the need to create long-lasting partnerships is a high priority for this group of countries. The SAMOA Pathway, the dedicated programme of action for SIDS, recognizes the call for sustainable energy as one of the top priorities for small islands.

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Organized by the UN Global Compact, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the International Chamber of Commerce, this webinar on June 27, 2019 at 09:30 am (Eastern Standard Time) will raise awareness about the global Sustainable Development Goal processes and partnership possibilities available to the private sector in the lead up to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) and UN General Assembly Week (UNGA), with a focus on the small island developing states (SIDS).

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7 June, 2019

NEW YORK – On 27 September 2019, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a one-day high level review of the progress made on the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway; the dedicated programme of action for small island developing States (SIDS). The outcome of the high level review will be “a concise action oriented and inter-governmentally agreed political declaration.” 

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25 March 2019

NEW YORK – The tourism industry is progressively adopting business practices which attempt to balance environmental, social and economic impacts.  In small island developing States, initiatives are being rolled out which brings governments, civil society and the private sector together to forge innovative solutions which marry profitability with social and environmental wellbeing.

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15 February 2019

NEW YORK – An insufficient resource base, a limited capacity of resilience to disasters, high costs of communication, energy and transportation as well as fragile natural environments are all posing significant challenges for small island developing States. Solutions can be found with the help of innovative technologies that enable efficiency and ease in addressing the risks.  

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28 January 2019 – Achieving universal access to modern energy services is truly transformational; lighting for schools, functioning healthcare clinics, pumps for water and sanitation, cleaner indoor air and more. And this is certainly the case for small island developing States (SIDS).  However, while many SIDS have high rates of access to electricity, on the other hand they have tended to lag behind global renewable energy installation despite the falling costs of solar and wind power.

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3 December 2018 – Finding investment opportunities across an entire region can often be a daunting task, but for those seeking investment opportunities in the Pacific islands, The Hub, by Pacific Islands Trade and Invest, collates investment and trade opportunities in one convenient location.

Ranging from tourism, agriculture, forestry to skin care and cosmetics, The Hub features current investment opportunities across 16 Pacific island nations. Investment opportunities range from full ownership to joint venture or passive investment.

The Dive Centre – Rarotonga, Cook Islands. As featured on The Hub

Similarly, listings of trade opportunities by industry type helps international buyers find local suppliers in the islands. The Pacific is a rich source of fisheries, fresh agricultural produce, organic products as well as the creative industries.

Foreign investment has played an increasingly important role in many of the Pacific island nations in areas ranging from raw materials such as copra, timber and fisheries to service-sector activities including tourism, financing and telecommunications.

Pacific Islands Trade and Invest is the New Zealand arm of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat based in Fiji. Focusing on export-capable businesses across the Pacific Islands, the organisation promotes and supports exporters from Pacific Island countries, in New Zealand. It also identifies investment opportunities in the 16 Pacific Islands it represents – Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, FSM, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

Two pilot projects by the LAUNCH Legends initiative, part of the LAUNCH Food platform, have been active in the Pacific island countries of Tonga and Fiji, bringing school children together around game-based education aimed at promoting healthy eating and better nutrition.

The projects are geared towards teaching young children the value of healthy eating and in particular with an emphasis on traditional meals and local ingredients. Both projects are implemented through play-based teaching through apps; with the Fiji project also incorporating virtual reality.

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