The IPCC Special Report released this past August reconfirms that Climate Change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying, “and some trends are now irreversible”. The impacts on societies, ecosystems, food security and livelihoods around the world will be catastrophic. Readmore..
4 August 2021, Suva Fiji: The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) virtually launched the regional Pacific Green Entrepreneurs Network (PGEN), a 3-year project implemented by GGGI and funded by the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD). The Network will offer annual incubation and accelerator programs targeted at green and sustainable businesses (particularly those led by women and youth) in 6 Pacific Islands: Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.
In delivering his keynote Address on regional perspective, PIDF Secretary General, Ambassador Solo Mara, emphasized the PGEN initiative is one of the growing number of platforms that the PIDF is collaborating with the GGGI. See More
THE PACIFIC GREEN ENTREPRENUERS NETWORK IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHING!!!
REGISTER NOW: GGGI Pacific Green Entrepreneurship Network will be officially launched on 4th August at 11am (Fiji time)!
Pacific Green Entrepreneurs Network Project Details
The regional Pacific Green Entrepreneurs Network (PGEN) is a 3-year project implemented by Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and funded by the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD). The Network will offer annual incubation and accelerator programs targeted at green and sustainable businesses (particularly those led by women and youth) in 6 Pacific Islands: Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. View More
Suva Fiji, 10 March 2021: “The PIDF rolled out a “Food Security and Nutrition” program in the province of Ra last week to address a number of key deliverables that includes building community resilience through the identification and promotion of simple and reliable solutions. The project was conducted over two weeks in three villages [Nativi, Rokoroko and Togovere] and focused on improving the diets of the villages through farming practices that protect the environment, growing vegetables and new ways of cooking local foods. This follows the WHO advisory that in the absence of an effective vaccine to protect us against the deadly effect of COVID19, the best way to safeguard oneself is to strengthen ones immune system through a healthy and nutritious diet. Given that the health of many Fijians (and Pacific Islanders) have already been compromised by the onset of non-communicable diseases, a healthy and nutritious diet using local food and prepared in a healthy way can reverse the effect of NCDs in our communities.
Suva Fiji, 25 November 2020: The PIDF Secretariat was represented by its Secretary General, Ambassador Solo Mara, in the Third Asia-Pacific Forum for South-South & Triangular Cooperation which was virtually on Wednesday and focussed on the Role of South-South Cooperation in Building Back Better from the COVID-19 Pandemic in Asia and the Pacific. The forum was organised jointly by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and their Partners.
Suva Fiji, 22 October 2020 – The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) was presented with a cheque by the Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in Fiji this morning. The funding provided is for a Food and Nutrition Project themed: ‘Strengthening Human Resilience in the Post-COVID 19 World through Healthy Food and Nutrition in the Ra Province’.
Agriculture is the backbone of Fiji’s rural economy and is crucial to the provision of food security, economic livelihood and the reduction in imported food and vegetables. The selected site, the Ra province, has the majority of the population directly dependent on the agricultural sector. Due to the impact of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the farmers have been trying to have alternative sources of income to sustain their livelihoods. Addressing food and nutrition security will not only provide this alternative source of income but will also boost immune systems that would fight against these outbreaks in the absence of proper vaccines or medicine.
The food and nutrition project in the Ra Province will focus on building resilience by up skilling and exchanging knowledge with communities on better nutrition intake and greater use of local produce through training programmes and assessments.
The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China has a long-term relationship with the PIDF Secretariat and the Secretariat is grateful for their generosity and will continue to work together in providing assistance in building climate resilient communities.
30 September 2020, Rakiraki Fiji: The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) organised a talanoa session with stakeholders from the aquaculture and fisheries sector in the province of Ra to discuss opportunities and challenges in this sector and a way forward. This session was the second in the series of talanoas’ for blue economy development in Fiji.
The COVID-19 crisis has had a major negative impact on the livelihoods of these people in terms of sales and access to markets, prices and incomes from the aquaculture and fisheries industry. The PIDF Secretariat noted the common challenges raised and has committed to work towards providing support and building the capacities of the stakeholders, especially women, in the Ra province as requested.
The Secretariat will continue to organise talanoa sessions in Fiji to progress its mandate on the blue economy.
11 September 2020, Suva
A Letter of Intent was signed between the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS), University of the South Pacific (USP) at the PIDF Secretariat. This engagement foresees a collaboration in promoting the sustainable development agenda through empowering resource owners and communities in the Pacific.
8 September 2020, Suva: The PIDF Secretariat welcomed Dr. Jay D. Lincoln, Charge d’ Affairs of the Embassy of the Republic of Palau based in Suva. The Republic of Palau became the latest member of PIDF at COP23 in 2017 making it the organisation’s 14th member and 12th member state. The PIDF Secretary General, Ambassador Solo Mara, congratulated the opening of the Embassy in Fiji and looks forward to working closely with the Embassy in helping our Pacific Island transition towards a sustainable Green-Blue Economy. The Charge d’ Affairs echoed similar sentiments and noted the importance of nurturing and expanding small sustainable projects through genuine partnerships for the benefit of our Pacific people.
Suva Fiji, 12 August 2020 – The first Annual Board Meeting of the Solarisation Head of State (SHOS) Residences in PIDF members project was held on Wednesday 12 August 2020 at the PIDF Secretariat. The Project Board meeting was attended by representatives from the Republic of Fiji, Republic of Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office. The Project board had unanimously appointed Tuvalu as the Chair. ReadMore..
Nadi Bay Declaration on the Climate Change Crisis in the Pacific.
We, the People of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, Striving to advance the sustainable and inclusive development of Pacific Island nations,
Dedicated to the goals of poverty eradication, environmental preservation and to addressing the challenges of the current anthropogenic climate change crisis;
Advocating for a paradigm shift to foster coherence between Climate Change mitigation and adaptation actions, environmental protection and resilience development;
Pacific Decade for Sustainable Transport
At the PIDF Leaders’ Summit and Conference held in Nadi, Fiji on 29 and 30 July 2019, the PIDF Leaders endorsed a resolution that declared 2020-2030 as the Pacific Decade for Sustainable Transport.