• Small States Forum 2017 - From Roadmap to Action
    On October 14, 2017, the annual Small States Forum was held at the World Bank Group/IMF Annual Meetings. This high-level event brought together heads of government, ministers and central bank governors from small states, as well as World Bank Group management and partner organizations from OECD, Commonwealth Secretariat, UNDP and IMF to discuss the pressing challenges and opportunities that small states face.  Key issues included vulnerability, increased funding from the International Development Association (IDA), de-risking and partnerships.  The new Chair of the Small States Forum, the Right Honorable Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada, received a warm welcome by members.... Read more »
  • “Vei lomani”: los fijianos luchan contra el cambio climático
    La expresión vei lomani significa “amar al prójimo” en fijiano y es de suma importancia para muchos habitantes de Fiji. Ben Ryan, el exentrenador del equipo de rugby a siete de este país insular, incluso se  tatuó (i) estas dos palabras en uno de sus brazos, luego de la histórica medalla de oro (i) obtenida por la selección fijiana en los Juegos Olímpicos de Río 2016. Esta frase significa la profunda conexión con el hogar y la comunidad, y la importancia de apoyarse entre sí en todo momento. “Fiji es un paraíso porque es un país que se preocupa [de... Read more »
  • Fiji’s Focus on Resilience Creates a New Market for Climate Finance
    Fiji is at the front lines when it comes to combatting climate change. The nation’s 300 volcanic islands are highly vulnerable to cyclones and floods. Almost 26,000 Fijians are pushed into poverty every year due to cyclones and floods, and that number is expected to rise to over 32,000 by 2050. A new Fijian Government – World Bank report  finds that to reduce climate vulnerability, Fiji needs an investment of over $4 billion over the next ten years. It’s a huge challenge requiring major investment. Turning vulnerability into strength Fiji is facing this challenge head on. In November, it became  the first emerging... Read more »
  • Man on a mission: Luke Tuibua proactively combats climate change for his village
    The day before Cyclone Winston hit, Luke Tuibua and students from Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia) were hard at work planting mangroves along the coastline near Luke’s village Waivunia, on the coast of Vanua Levu, the second largest island in Fiji. Mangroves are an excellent way to combat coastal erosion. The complex underground root system helps to bind and build soil, while the above-ground roots slow down water flows and can help with storm surges. But twenty-four hours later, category five cyclonic winds and heavy storm surges had erased all of their efforts. The experience hasn’t deterred Luke from his mission,... Read more »
  • A change in the weather: 11-year Catalina takes on climate change
    Vunisavisavi, Fiji, November 6, 2017 - It’s 5:30am in Vunisavisavi, a small village on the coast of Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second biggest island. The sun is rising, birds are chirping, and Catalina*, 11 years old, is awake. The sight of the sea greets her as she walks out her front door every day.   Unpredictability of the ocean The youngest of three, Catalina is often home alone with her mother. Her sister attends boarding school in a nearby town, and her brother is away with her father, a farmer, who has travelled to neighbouring island Viti Levu to work in... Read more »
  • Shaping the next generation of climate defenders: Asmita’s story
    Fiji, November 6, 2017  - 24-year old Ashmita Ashwin Kamal, knew she wanted to be a teacher from a young age. “I wanted to become a teacher… to fulfill my parents dreams and to be in a noble profession,” says Asmita. “I like shaping young minds and moulding them to be good citizens.” Intelligent and passionate about passing on knowledge to the next generation, the 24-year old from Dugavatu, in Fiji’s Rakiraki Province, takes pride in both her home and her school. Located in Viti Levu on the western side of Fiji, Rakiraki is an area of green valleys, lush... Read more »
  • Формирование нового поколения защитников климата: история Асмиты
    Фиджи, 6 ноября 2017 года - 24-летняя Ашмита Ашвин Камаль с детства знала, что хочет стать учителем. «Я всегда хотела стать учителем ... исполнить мечту своих родителей и заниматься этой благородной профессией, - говорит Асмита. – Мне нравится учить детей и формировать из них достойных граждан». С пониманием и энтузиазмом передающая знания следующему поколению, 24-летняя Асмита из Дугавату, расположенной в фиджийской провинции Ракираки, гордится своим домом и работой в школе. Ракираки находится в Вити-Леву на западной стороне Фиджи, это район зеленых долин, буйной красоты и колоссального духа общности. Это единственное место, которое Асмита когда-либо называла домом. «В этой части Фиджи... Read more »
  • Fiji to Use Virtual Reality to Highlight Impact of Climate Change to Global Decision-Makers
    New 360° VR project to target global decision-makers at next week’s COP23 in Bonn SUVA, November 1, 2017 – Fiji is set to use 360° Virtual Reality (VR) as a key part of its global push for stronger action on climate change at next week’s COP23 Climate Change conference.  As part of its Presidency of COP23 in Bonn, Germany, the Fijian Government will launch an immersive VR experience that aims to transport delegates, decision-makers and the global community to Fiji to experience the current and future impacts of climate change on the Pacific. Featured in this program is Our Home,... Read more »
  • Fiji Issues First Developing Country Green Bond, Raising $50 Million for Climate Resilience
    Washington, D.C., October 17, 2017 — Fiji has become the first emerging market to issue a sovereign green bond, raising 100 million Fijian dollars, or US$50 million, to support climate change mitigation and adaption. Home to over 870,000 people, Fiji’s 300 volcanic islands include low-lying atolls that are highly susceptible to cyclones and floods. In 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston—the most intense tropical cyclone in the Southern Hemisphere on record—passed directly over Fiji, causing economic losses that amounted to almost one third of the country’s GDP. Like all Pacific island states, Fiji is also highly vulnerable to the impact of climate... Read more »
  • Government of Fiji, World Bank Group Strengthen Partnership
    Prime Minister and World Bank Vice President sign agreement   SUVA, August 30, 2017—The government of Fiji and the World Bank Group signed an agreement today that will support deepened cooperation through a larger, more established presence in Suva, which will act as a hub for the development bank’s operations across the South Pacific     The larger World Bank Group presence in Suva will facilitate greater support for projects both in Fiji and the region, with more technical staff with expertise in macroeconomic policy, public sector management, maritime transport, aviation, information communications and technology, and disaster resilience. Hon. Prime Minister Rear Admiral... Read more »