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Tuesday, June 6th, 2017


Involving young women and men in building a sustainable peace

DEAR EDITOR, it was reported in the SUN newspaper last week that the United Nations Peace Building Fund (UNPBF) and Youth@Work (Y@W) have entered into a partnership to train up to 100 young people from rural settlements around Honiara, especially those who are marginalized with limited opportunities. The training aims was said to support youth to become peace advocates and to improve their long-term economic prospects. The training was being supported through UNPBF are in close collaboration with Ministry of National Unity, Peace, Reconciliation (MNURP) and Ministry of Women, Youth,Read More

44 advisors for RSIPF after RAMSI

DEAR EDITOR, the RSIPF Police Commissioner, speaking with the Premier of the Western Province last Thursday, reportedly said 44 police advisors from New Zealand and Australia are expected to work alongside the members of the RSIPF after RAMSI leaves at the end of June this year. Mr Varley explained the advisors will be in the country as mentors and trainers to continue building the capacity of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. He went on to add,   “”They will have the responsibility that RAMSI has had and they will beRead More

World Environment Day today

THE Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology will mark the World Environment Day today. Activities planned to mark the day involve beach clean-up at Yacht Club, Mbokona stream and a canoe race from Yacht Club to Coconut Café and back. According to MECDM, the theme of 2017 World Environment Day is “Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator”. The theme implores everyone to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, andRead More

Opposition leader on constituency tour

THE Parliamentary Opposition Leader left Honiara yesterday for Isabel province on a weeklong visit to his people in his constituency. Speaking to this paper before his team’s departure, Hon Jeremiah Manele said the purpose of his trip is to visit and see the progress of constituency development projects and at the same time discuss with his people the challenges faced in implementing the projects, more especially the housing projects. He said his team will hold meetings with community leaders, women and youths to get feedbacks so that adjustments can beRead More

We cannot talk youth development without owning it ourselves: Sigimanu

LAST week, the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) and Honiara City Council (HCC) held a joint workshop. The workshop served to introduce the new 3-tier policy framework focused on youth development and to allow HCC to hold a discussion on the process of developing its Urban Implementation Strategy/Policy for Youth Development in Honiara. The latter will be supported by the Ministry of WYCFA. In addition, the purpose of the workshop was to develop a coordinated approach to address youth development and empowerment in the country between theRead More

PATA reiterates support for Paris Accord on climate change with partner countries

THE impact of climate change has forced Solomon Islands and other partner countries on Pacific Asia Travel Association’s list to renew their pledge to support the Paris Accord. This will work with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. PATA said they are reasserting commitment to sustainable development across the entire spectrum of travel and tourism with a renewed pledge to support the Paris Accord within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. PATA said the theme Climate Change was embedded within PATA advocacy which is an acknowledgementRead More

Western province poised to give free seats to women

THE Western Provincial Government is poised to outdo the National Government in giving women free Provincial Assembly seats in the Province. Premier Wayne Maepio told Island Sun over the weekend his government has decided on three non-elected seats to be given to women in a move designed to give women equal representations in the Western Provincial Assembly. Instructions have been given for the drafting of the necessary ordinance, which would ensure the appointment, although at this stage details are rather sketchy. “What we have decided is to appoint three women, eachRead More

PM Sogavare dismayed by US withdrawal from Paris agreement

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare expresses his disappointment and dismay at the recent announcement by the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, on the intention of the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. To date, 195 countries have signed the Paris Agreement and 146 have ratified it. Solomon Islands stands in solidarity with the international community in reaffirming its commitment to the agreement. “Solomon Islands is located in a climate change hotspot where the impact is three times the global average. “We have lost five islandsRead More

PAP supports resource owners’ efforts to exploit minerals

THE People’s Alliance Party says it supports efforts by mineral resource owners who want to invest on their resources. The Alliance Party says in a media statement that as a partner in the Democratic Coalition for Change Government, it will support efforts by resource owners and their provincial governments to have their mineral resources developed. But the party says all resource owners and their provincial governments must secure genuine investors as partners to prospect any minerals found on their lands. The PAP media statement says the Ministry of Mines, Energy andRead More

Engagement of ex-militant worries KTDA

KOLOBOSI Tailings Dam Association (KTDA) has expressed grave concerns on the engagement of ex-militants to provide security during the consultations leading to possible rehabilitation of Gold Ridge mine. In a statement, the land-owning body of the Gold Ridge Tailings Storage Facility, said it is “gravely concerned that GRML and Gold Ridge Community Investment Limited (GCIL) is seeking to engage ex-combatants to provide security during the consultations leading to possible rehabilitation of the Gold Risge mine, apparently with the concurrence of the Cabinet Sub-committee on Gold Ridge Mine re-opening”. “KTDA believesRead More