The conference will bring together senior government officials and civil society representatives from across 22 Pacific Island countries and territories to discuss progress made on commitments to increasing gender equality, identify measures to accelerate progress and implementation efforts in the region.
More than 90 participants from Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Cook Islands are in attendance.
This makes Australia’s efforts to bolster the aerial surveillance capability of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) a particularly valuable investment in our regional relationships.
FIJI’S president, Retired Major General Jioji Konrote and 1996 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Jose Ramos-Horta will feature in the official opening of the International Civil Society Week (ICSW) 2017 this afternoon.
WHO director Pacific Technical Support Dr Corinne Capuano said their colleagues in the tourism industry were in a position to address the growing demands for healthy tourism options.
With donor support, FAO hopes to employ a range of interventions to rapidly restore local food production and enhance nutrition for over 30 million agriculture-reliant people.
Dr Naish said the last assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change may have underestimated the Antarctic contribution.
Minister for Health Rosy Akbar said nutrition deficiency is a challenge for the Ministry and the Government as a whole.
The vast dump of plastic waste swirling in the Pacific Ocean is now bigger than France, Germany and Spain combined - far larger than previously feared.
Johnson said the United Kingdom was one of the Pacific's oldest friends and wanted to play an even more valuable role as a partner to Pacific Island countries.