22 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand - The impact of climate change reaches all aspects of human life in the Pacific. Policymakers must select the priority adaptation actions from many options. UNDP and UN Environment are empowering effective climate change decision-making in the Pacific, to enhance resilience.
15 May 2018, Port Vila, Vanuatu - It's a Pacific island nation that has beaten the global community across the finish line with Vanuatu officially being the first nation in the world to legally ban the use of plastic straws. The passing of legislation in February will see the end of single use plastic bags, polystyrene takeaway boxes and straws by 1 July, 2018.
As the planet mobilises towards addressing the challenge of a plastic ocean, the island of Vanuatu is mobilising to ensure a plastic bag, straw and polystyrene takeaway box free nation.
The Pacific islands region is on track to having its own Pacific Climate Change Centre to be based in Samoa at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). This month will see the ground breaking ceremony take place at SPREP Headquarters in Vailima.
SPREP's Environmental Monitoring and Governance Programme continued to provide policy and technical support to Niue with its final consultations on the State of Environment (SoE) Report and National Environmental Management Strategy (NEMS) from the 26-29 March 2018.
Pohnpei, FSM 12 March 2018 - The Vice-President Yosiwo P. George of the Federated States of Micronesia launched their first ever Adaptation Fund Project in the FSM National Government Capitol, Palikir. The Inception Workshop marks the commencement of the project "Enhancing climate change resilience of vulnerable island communities in FSM".