Tuvalu Gender Policy Launched

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr. Sharman Stone co-launched the second Tuvalu’s Country Plan 2019-2022. Photo: Tuvalu Government Media.

Funafuti, Tuvalu (13 June, 2019): The second Tuvalu Country Plan 2019 – 2022 or Gender Policy, developed for the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Program launched on Wednesday night 12 June, at an event co-hosted by Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga, and the Australian High Commissioner H.E Karyn Murray, at the Government conference room.

Prime Minister Sopoaga jointly launched the Plan with the Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr. Sharman Stone.

Prime Minister launched the first Tuvalu Country Plan for Gender three years ago and said that at that time he indicated the support of the government onto accommodating and addressing the gender issues especially the rights of women.

He said, “I said then that it’s a smart policy and that we appreciate the work of Australia and partners. So I am very happy on behalf of the Cabinet to be given this opportunities to launch this plan.”

Dr. Stone praised the efforts of the government of Tuvalu with regards to gender equality and said it was an honour for her to be launching this Plan that had been widely consulted with relevant stakeholders.

“There is no debate that Tuvalu has embraced gender equality,” said Ambassador Stone.

On the issue of women and the rights of women, Prime Minister said, “The general spirit is there. Perhaps it is necessary to consider properly these measures for women… And these things we all adhere to in spirit in Tuvalu but we need to operationalize them in a complete manner.” The second Tuvalu Country Plan, which is aligned with key government of Tuvalu policies, builds on the achievements of the first country plan. As with the first Tuvalu Country Plan, TCPII was developed through a comprehensive literature review and in-country consultation involving 43 stakeholders representing a wide range of government agencies, CSOs and beneficiary groups.

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Last Parliament Session begins

Funafuti, Tuvalu (17 June, 2019): The Last Parliment session for the current Parlimentary four-year term starts today 17th June, 2019 and ends on the 18th June, 2019.

In accordance with the Electoral Provision Act, Parliament shall resolve to recommend to the Governor General to dissolve Parliament next week during its last sitting.

General Elections which should be held within three months after the dissolution of Parliament, has been endorsed to be held on Monday – 9th September 2019.

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Tuvalu General Election process begins

Notice of General Election.

Funafuti, Tuvalu (13 June, 2019): The Tuvalu parliamentary four-year term is coming to an end and the government has begun the general election process, coordinated by the Office of Elections in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Mr. Tepaukie Sotaga, Deputy Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Assistant to the Secretary to Government as Commissioner of Elections, said the process begun on Friday June 7th following the signing of the Notice of General Election by the then Acting Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Maatia Toafa on the same day.

Along with the Notice of General Election, Ag. Prime Minister also signed and approved the appointment of Revising Officers and Registration Officers for each electoral district.

Mr. Sotaga said, “The process begins with the registration of electors or voters in 21 days from June 7th to July 9th 2019, for electors 18 years and above. Eligible electors who are out of Tuvalu during this initial registration period can register from August 21st to 27th.”

According to Mr. Sotaga, public announcements on Radio Tuvalu have also begun in which he and Acting Attorney General Ms. Corinna Ituaso, explained the schedule of events and the legal requirements for the general election, for the benefit of electors nationwide.

In accordance with the Electoral Provision Act, Parliament shall resolve to recommend to the Governor General to dissolve Parliament next week during its last sitting. General Elections shall be held within three months after the dissolution of Parliament.

Polling day will be on September 9th 2019.

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Prime Minister to talk TCAP in South Korea

Tuvalu Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga will travel to Songdo in South Korea next week for a tripartite meeting, to discuss issues related to the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (TCAP).

The tripartite will include the Government of Tuvalu, UNDP- the implementing agency, and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) the funder of the project.

Ms. Pepetua Latasi, Director of the Climate Change and Disaster Department said that this meeting is of high importance to the government, as it will determine GCF’s clearance of Tuvalu’s proposal for an amendment to the coastal protection intervention, initially planned for Funafuti.

Prime Minister is co-chair of TCAP with Secretary to Government Mr. Tine Leuelu and Ms. Pepetua Latasi as board members.

Mr. Tine Leuelu said he, along with Ms. Latasi, and TCAP Coordinator Mr. Alan Resture, will join the Prime Minister and his delegation who will travel to South Korea from Samoa next week.

The meeting will be held for one day on June 5th.

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Prime Minister Chief Guest at Samoa’s Independence Celebration

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu Rt. Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga has travelled to Samoa on the invitation of the Samoa government and its people, to be chief guest at the celebration of their independence this week.

The invitation came from the office of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, for Prime Minister Sopoaga to join them celebrate the 57th independence of their island country.

Prime Minister’s delegation to Samoa comprised of Madam Salilo Enele, Personal Secretary Mrs. Asogali Panapa and Security guard Mr. Kakeatu Tekui.

The delegation took with them elaborate traditional Tuvaluan mats and other handicrafts intended for gifts during the celebration.

Celebrations are from 29th May to the 3rd June 2019.

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Royal Australian Air Force carries out maritime surveillance

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAF) is in Tuvalu to help tackle illegal, unregulated and unregistered fishing in Tuvalu waters, in support of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).

 The RAF in its C-27 aircraft, began maritime surveillance today covering Tuvalu’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and high sea pockets around Tuvalu.

Aircraft Captain FLTLT Daniel Braid said this is a three-week operation that includes the maritime surveillance of the waters of Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu.

Captain Braid said, “Our mission is to search the seas for boats who may be fishing in Tuvalu waters, and send them to FFA headquarters in Honiara for analysis. If they turn out to be boats fishing illegally then FFA will continue with its prosecution process.”

Lieutenant Commander Rodney Wells has been coordinating maritime surveillance on the ground, and said that he and the maritime police have provided education training to school students.

Logistics Officer of the RAF, FLGOFF Jorgia Broadbent said apart from conducting maritime surveillance, RAF crew will also participate in activities with local people starting with a friendly volleyball game between the crew and local police.

She said, “There will be time for school visits where school children will be invited to walk through the plane.”

Other aircrafts from other developed partners are also part of this maritime surveillance, covering the other three countries’ EEZ and high seas.

Aircraft Captain Braid said, “It is important to detect fishing boats fishing in FFA charge, and prosecute them so to deter this illegal, unregulated and unregistered fishing.”

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Motufoua Secondary School scoops 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize in Abu Dhabi

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Mr. Foetasi Taukave in Motufoua Secondary School uniform and traditional garlands among winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2018 in Abu Dhabi. Photo: ZFEP

Motufoua Secondary School was awarded the Global High School Category – OCEANIA, at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Opening Ceremony Programme that took place Monday 15thJanuary, at the International Convention Centre at ADNEC (ICC Abu Dhabi). 

Motufoua scooped the award after being shortlisted with two other High Schools from Australia, as part of the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) Awards for 2018. 

Dressed in Motufoua school uniform with traditional garlands, Mr. Foetasi Taukave received the award on behalf of the school which was also proudly represented at the Awards Ceremony by Principal of the school Mr. Siautele Lito and Ms. Titi Moeao.  

The Government of Tuvalu representatives to the 2018 IRENA Assembly, CEO Mr. Avafoa Irata and the General Manager of the TEC, Mr. Mafalu Lotolua were part of the audience that witnessed the awards ceremony.

The Motufoua submission to the competition is a combination of solar and biogas, and aims to expand the school’s solar power capacity and install a bio digester to produce biogas for cooking in the school kitchen. It also includes the collection of rainwater to water the school’s vegetable garden and to clean the school’s piggery, the key source of feedstock for the biogas.

The main benefit of the three-pronged project is that it delivers more efficiently the intertwined goals of increasing renewable energy use, water reuse, waste recycling, sustainable food production and emission reduction. The project will include monitoring and measurement of data that will be included in the teaching of science and environment, showing how the school is progressing towards these goals.

The ZFEP which is now in its 10th anniversary, invites innovators from around the world to be part of a growing community, committed to finding solutions that will meet the challenges of Climate Change, Energy Access and Water Security.

The Prize aims to increase the magnitude of its impacts in the next decade.  Collectively, its winners have positively impacted the lives of more than 307 million people around the world.    

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