A ground-breaking Pacific documentary and book on how community theatre can help reduce violence against women was launched in Suva today at an event hosted by European Union. The Voices Against Violence book and "Stages of Change" documentary have been produced by the Stages of Change project, supported financially by the European Union and managed by the British Council, in partnership with the Solomon Island Planned Parenthood Association.
The European Union Delegation warmly welcomes the signing of the tripartite agreement between the Government of Fiji, the Fiji Trades Union Congress and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation in the margins of the ILO Governing Board meeting in Geneva. The European Union Delegation looks forward to its joint implementation by the three parties.
The European Union is supporting the Fiji Elections Office (FEO) strategic planning exercise and the drafting of its five-year strategic plan in line with international best practice. The 2015-2019 strategic plan will be consistent with the FEO’s mandate and will be implemented within the framework of the Constitution and the Electoral Decree.
- 20/03/15 - EU to provide support to Kiribati and Tuvalu after Cyclone Pam
In the wake of devastation caused by Cyclone Pam, the European Union's Delegation for the Pacific, based in Suva, Fiji, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), will be mobilising financial assistance for early recovery to Kiribati and Tuvalu in coordination with their respective governments.
- 17/03/15 - New Publications Support Women's Reproductive Health
The Viseisei Sai Health Centre today launched two publications on Women's Reproductive Health to mark the completion of a two-year project implemented in partnership with the European Union to empower rural women and girls about their reproductive health. The launch of the "Understanding Your Own Reproductive Health" and the "Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls in Reproductive Health" publications are part of the European Year for Development campaign in Fiji and its global thematic focus on women and girls this month.
- 17/03/15 - Local EU Statement on Tonga's decision to ratify CEDAW
The European Union Delegation welcomes the decision of the Tongan Government to ratify the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and is looking forward to the completion of national procedures to ratify this key human rights instrument.
- 16/03/15 - €1 million for Cyclone Pam Emergency Relief Efforts
In its immediate response to the devastation caused by the tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, the European Commission is making available an initial €1 million to help in the emergency relief efforts. The European Commission is also sending two experts to assess the humanitarian needs and liaise with partner organisations operating on the ground.
- 12/03/15 - Civil society to be involved in implementing SDGs in Fiji
Civil society organizations, key government stakeholders and technical experts, participated in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and the role civil society plays in meeting the objectives of this new development agenda.
- 10/03/15 - "Fiscal Policies Needed to Cope with Natural Disasters," says EU
The European Union has urged Pacific policy-makers to develop fiscal policies to be able to cope with and respond to natural disasters to ensure that future generations are able to manage the risks and impacts associated with them.
- 01/03/15 - Meeting of EU-Fiji trade officials 25-26 February
A team of trade officials from the European Commission was on an official visit to Fiji (25-26 February) to discuss the implementation of the existing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and to explore ways to strengthen EU-Fiji trade relations.
- 27/02/15 - EU, Council to launch a Debt Management Brochure
The Consumer Council of Fiji with the support of the European Union is scheduled to launch a Debt Management Brochure, this Thursday (26th February) in Suva.
- 20/02/15 - Fiji Parliamentary delegation shares UK experience
The Fijian Speaker of Parliament Honourable Dr Jiko Luveni this afternoon shared her experience of the Parliamentary mission to the United Kingdom during a debriefing session held at the European Union's official residence.
- 20/02/15 - Local EU Statement on the abolition of the death penalty in Fiji
The European Union Delegation welcomes the abolition of the death penalty in Fiji. This is an important commitment to the respect of human rights and a strong signal to other countries of the Pacific that still have death penalty.
- 18/02/15 - Fiji to benefit from another phase of tackling child labour through education (TACKLE)
The International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for Pacific Island Countries today (February 18) launched Phase II of the European Union (EU) funded Tackling Child Labour through Education (TACKLE) Project.
- 17/02/15 - High Level EU Delegation Visit EU Sugar Projects in the West
The European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, HE Andrew Jacobs, the British High Commissioner, HE Roderick Drummond and the Ambassador for France in Fiji, HE Michel Djokovic are on a tour of European Union-supported projects in the Western division today. The projects target the sugar industry and those involved in it.
- 13/02/15 - USP, EU Launch Partnership Awareness
The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific (EU) today launched a series of initiatives to create awareness on their partnership and its benefits to the Pacific region. This was in line with the recent launching of the European Year for Development (EYD 2015) by the European Union, with the theme Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future. The EYD 2015 campaign is dedicated towards raising awareness on the effectiveness of the EU as an active development partner in the Pacific region and around the world.
- 10/02/15 - European Union Ambassador on official visit to the Cook Islands
The European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, HE Andrew Jacobs, is on an official visit to the Cook Islands this week (9-12 February) to attend the annual Development Partners meeting.
- 05/02/15 - 14/02/15 - Reminder for Call for Proposals: Strengthening the Civil Society in promoting Human Rights and development in Fiji
Civil society organisations are reminded of the approaching deadline for submitting the concept notes (Friday 13 Februray 2015, 4pm Fiji Time), as well as of some information in regards to the procedure to be followed.
- 04/02/15 - EU announces new support for sustainable development of Kiribati
EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, has today announced new EU support of €23 million for Kiribati, which represents almost a doubling (an increase of 80%) of previous EU support (between 2008 and 2013.) The new commitment was announced in Brussels as the Commissioner joined His Excellency, Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, to sign the National Indicative Plan 2014-2020 for Kiribati under the European Development Fund.
- 30/01/15 - Call for proposals: Strengthening the Civil Society in promoting Human Rights and development in Fiji
Interested parties are advised that the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for the Call is now availale online.
- 29/01/15 - Improving the livelihoods of rural women in Fiji
A partnership between the European Union and local NGO, Foundation for Rural Integration and Enterprise of Fiji (FRIEND) helped a 57-year-old in Rakiraki to create her own business. The EU-funded project is helping many rural women across Fiji earn money by engaging them in the production of herbs, fruits and vegetables, honey and providing other opportunities for them.
- 23/01/15 - European Year for Development: Telling the stories which deserve to be told
The European Union officially launched the European Year for Development 2015 (#EYD2015) in the Pacific this week with media, regional and international organisations and civil society partners.
- 20/01/15 - European Union to Boost Ha'apai Cyclone Recovery Efforts
More than 1,000 households and 30 commercial and government offices on Ha ‘apai in the Kingdom of Tonga, will benefit from more efficient energy networks thanks to a TOP 2.3 million (€1 million) grant from the European Union. The funds will be released to the Government of Tonga as part of cyclone rehabilitation efforts. The island of Ha'apai sustained serious damage and significant power losses following Cyclone Ian in early 2014 when its energy grid was badly affected after 90 percent of the power lines on the island were damaged.
- 20/01/15 - European Union Project Helps to Keep Kids in School
A new EU-supported programme implemented by Takiama Ma’a Tonga Incorporated (TMT) will help address the increasing rate of school dropouts in the Kingdom. The TOP 280,000 initiative will ensure that adequate strategies and programmes are put in place to significantly and rapidly reduce the number of dropouts. This innovative programme will allow all stakeholders, including policy makers, school leaders, teachers, parents, children and their communities to work together to keep children in schools.