15th June, 2018 Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, the Hon Semisi Sika and other senior government representatives, have surveyed areas of Tongatapu and ‘Eua damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita earlier this year with the Australian Defence Force. Two helicopters from HMAS Adelaide transported Deputy Prime Semisi Sika, Lord Speaker Fakafanua, Disaster Management Minister Poasi Tei and MP for ‘Eua Tevita Lavemaauover the islands to inspect recovery progress from the air.
30th May 2018 More than 20 participants from line ministries and private sectors are attending a one and a half-day workshop on Country Gender Assessment of Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods Validation at the Basilica conference room.
The workshop is hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs through the Women’s Affairs Division aiming to improve the comprehension of gender perspectives of rural livelihoods in order to develop effective strategies to support food security, nutrition and resilience.
25th May, 2018 Following Cyclone Gita in February 2018, the damage assessment found that approximately 75 percent of Primary schools, 88 percent of Secondary schools and 56 percent of Tertiary Institutes across Tongatapu and ‘Eua were directly affected. A total of 109 out of 150 schools with an estimated 23, 000 students at all levels of education were affected.
18th May, 2018 **The Exchange of Notes for Japan’s 2.8 billion Japanese Yen (equivalent to approximately 56 million pa’anga) General Grant Aid for the Project for “Nationwide Early Warning System (NEWS) and Strengthening Disaster Communications” for the Kingdom of Tonga, were singed by Mr. Kazuyuki Nakane, State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika, Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism on 16 May 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.**
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opened its 74th session in Bangkok on 14 May 2018, with a strong call for strengthening multilateralism and regional integration to tackle rising inequalities in the region.
ESCAP is taking steps to advance more balanced, equitable growth in Asia and the Pacific by advocating for the strengthening of social protection systems, enhancing financial inclusion, raising education spending, reducing vulnerability to environmental hazards, and closing the ICT digital divide.