World first in resilience for the Pacific Islands

The Pacific Regional Federation for Resilience Professionals (PRFRP) will boost the skills, education, training and employment opportunities for diverse professionals dedicated to climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and maintaining ecosystem services in a highly vulnerable region.

The launch by the European Union, Pacific Community (SPC) and The University of the South Pacific (USP) took place at the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management in Suva, Fiji, within the margins of Pacific Resilience Week 2016.

Pacific Community pays tribute to Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi

A long-time champion of human rights and supporter and friend of SPC, Ratu Joni had consulted on various RRRT activities, including its Regional Judges and Magistrates Consultations, Regional Lawyers Consultation, delivering the Human Rights modules of the University of the South Pacific Professional Diploma in Legal Practice, and

Flag State Inspectors acquire knowledge on ship safety standards

This follows a regional training initiative conducted by the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which began in Suva, Fiji, on 19 September 2016.

EU will provide FJ$10 million through SPC towards recovery and rehabilitation after Cyclone Winston

The funds will immediately be made available from EU-SPC projects for communities and businesses in the most severely affected regions of Fiji.

Dr Audrey Aumua appointed as head of the Pacific Community’s Fiji operations

Dr Aumua will lead SPC’s programmes based in Suva, and will be the Director-General’s representative in Fiji.

Dr Aumua is of Fijian descent, and is currently the World Health Organisation (WHO) Resident Representative, based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, where she provides technical and strategic leadership to the government, as well as diplomatic representation for the organisation in Solomon Islands.

Dr Aumua has extensive experience in research, policy development and management in the health and education sectors, in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific region.

Palau state representatives trained on initial damage assessment post disaster

The development of the Initial Damage Assessment form and training is funded by the European Union’s Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project which is implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community or SPC.

The training, facilitated by SPC’s Geoscience Division, adopts training materials that have been delivered across the Pacific since 1995 and incorporate the latest thinking in disaster risk management.


Quality management training to boost shipping in the Pacific

It is therefore important that the region looks to continually refine shipping procedures, to improve services and keep pace with the fast growing, highly competitive business environment in order to provide effective and quality services to different end users.  

This week, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is holding a Quality Management System Training with a number of shipping stakeholders from across the Pacific, including Maritime Administrations, Ports Authorities and Maritime Training Institutions.