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UNDP: Use HIV lessons to fend off new health threats

Press Release – UNDP

30 January, Bangkok Many of the policies and approaches used to reduce new HIV infections in Asia and the Pacific could be effective in stemming the growing threat of diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other emerging development issues, … Read more »

Adversarial politics create barrier to Pacific women in public life, says Fiji advocate

Pacific women leaders

Pacific women leaders Sari Rosa (West Papua), Betty Blake (Tonga), Nanise Nagusuca (Fiji), Julie Soso (Papua New Guinea), Losana Tuiraviravi (Fiji) and Tetangi Matapo (Cook Islands) at the conference in Fiji this week. Image: APWLD

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By the PMC news desk

A group of Pacific women parliamentarians, former parliamentarians, future parliamentarians, policy makers and civil society advocates are meeting in Fiji to advance women’s political participation and leadership in the region.

The Pacific Islands have consistently produced the lowest number of women in governance in the world. In the island nations that comprise the Pacific Islands Forum (without Australia and NZ), only 4.7 percent are women. If the 13 women elected in the 2006 Fiji election are not included, the figure drops even lower to 2.6 percent for the remaining countries.

The 20 women from seven different island nations and territories – Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and West Papua – are participating in the Suva workshop organised by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) have come together to address the low levels of participation but also to share approaches to transformative leadership that prioritise consensus building, accountability and solidarity. Read more »

Fiji: Western town centres to restrict access later today

Press Release – Fiji Government

Authorities in the Western Division will restrict access into town centres in the division from 6:00pm today to 6:00am tomorrow (Friday 31st January, 2014). Read more »

McCully to visit Tonga

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully will visit Tonga for two days this week. Mr McCully will hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Lord Tuivakano, as well as other cabinet ministers. Read more »

Victory for Maidan Protests? The Taking of Ukrainian House

Article – Michael Hammerschlag

In an incredible display of fortitude, courage, and reckless stupidity; protesters seized the Ukrainian House Museum + Exhibition Center at 3:50am Saturday night (formerly Lenin Museum)… their 4th downtown building (by Monday they had 6). Read more »

Prime Minister opens new era for Kawerau Tissue Paper Site

Press Release – SCA Hygiene Australasia

A $60 million expansion of the SCA Kawerau Tissue Site was officially opened by the Prime Minister John Key today, marking a new era for the iconic Bay of Plenty facility. Read more »

Papuan autonomy law review attacked by critics, defended by governors

Demonstrations against West Papua's Special Autonomy law

West Papuan demonstrations against the “failure” of the Special Autonomy law in Jayapura and Manokwari in May 2007. Image: cc Wikipedia

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Ina Parlina in Bogor, West Java

The Indonesian government has announced it is finalising the draft revision to the 2001 Papua Special Autonomy Law for the resource-rich region.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and a number of his senior ministers met with Papua Governor Lukas Enembe and West Papua Governor Abraham O. Atururi this week, during which the Papuan officials submitted a report on the latest political and economic developments in the two provinces.

The meeting was also attended by representatives from the Papua Legislative Council (DPRD), the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) and Cendrawasih University. Read more »

2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland: Two Days to Go Until Racing

Press Release – Oceanbridge Sail Auckland

Things are starting to heat up in Auckland in the final build-up to 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland with racing set to get underway this Saturday, 1stFebruary on the Waitemata. Read more »

West Papua: Women and children vulnerable to violence

Article – West Papua Media Alerts

JAYAPURA, 13 December 2013 (IRIN) – Indonesian Papua is taking steps to combat violence against women and children as concerns grow about the level of domestic abuse. According the National Commission on Violence against Women, Papua Province recorded 1,360 … Read more »

Record-setting month for international travel

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Annual international passenger numbers exceeded 10 million for the first time ever in the December 2013 year, Statistics New Zealand said today. This total consisted of 5 million arrivals and 5 million departures. Read more »

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