We, fifty civil society leaders and representatives of all the different regions of the world – Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and the Middle East and North Africa, and their subregions - from the faith-based, feminist, labour, rural sectors, and international civil society organizations, meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from December 8-9, 2012, have launched the CSO Platform for Development Effectiveness.
Predicted changes to the climate in the Pacific region over the coming decades are expected to have significant implications for the livelihoods of Pacific island inhabitants. While contributing little to the greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change, Pacific island countries are particularly vulnerable to its impacts because of their geographical, social, institutional and economic characteristics. Key impacts include damage to coastal systems, settlements and infrastructure; undermining of recent economic progress; exacerbation of existing water and food security challenges; increasing threats to human health; and degradation of regional biodiversity.
The Australian Government is committed to helping the people of Fiji and by 2014 aims to increase its aid budget to over FJ$100 million annually to help improve access to basic services, such as health and education, as well as supporting innovative local initiatives to help build the resilience of the rural and isolated communities in the country; says Counsellor, Fiji and Tuvalu, Development Cooperation, Joanne Choe.
A safe place: AusAID’s support to end violence against women. Violence against women and the fear of violence are significant human rights violations. Globally, at least one in three women is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.Violence against women takes many forms—domestic violence in the home, sexual abuse of girls at school, sexual harassment at work, rape by husbands or strangers, or as a tactic of war.