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Mr Levan Bouadze, the UNDP Resident Representative & Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor & President (VCP) of USP at the Launch of the Pacific Regional Innovation Network & Building the Pacific Future We Want.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The University of the South Pacific (USP) launched the Pacific Regional Innovation Network (PRIN) together with UN75 Building The Pacific Future We Want, at Japan-Pacific ICT Centre, USP on 24 February, 2020.

PRIN is expected to foster a culture of creativity across the region by localising innovation at the country level and strengthening collaboration amongst stakeholders. UN75 is an initiative to commemorate the United Nations’ 75th anniversary in which UNDP and USP would be holding online dialogues and campaigns with Pacific stakeholders on how we can build a better Pacific future despite the many challenges we face.

Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & International Office welcomed the Chief Guests, Mr Levan Bouadze, the UNDP Resident Representative & Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor & President (VCP) of USP and invited guests. He said that the presence of everyone has made this occasion much more valuable and meaningful for shaping Pacific futures, empowering lives, and building regional resilience.

Professor Armstrong said that USP has come together with UNDP to support one another towards accomplishing a common goal of strengthening innovation and creativity in the Pacific. “The Pacific Regional Innovation Network (PRIN) has come about as a result of USP formalisation of innovation in its current Strategic Plan. It aims to create a culture of creativity across the region by synergising national strengths in order to maximise support on innovation for our people,” he said.

He emphasised that USP is fortunate to implement UN75 with UNDP, an initiative to commemorate the United Nations’ 75th anniversary in which UNDP and USP will hold online dialogues and actions in the Pacific to get people’s views on how we can build a Pacific future we want. USP expressed its sincere gratitude to the UNDP for their strong support and active participation have made the Pacific Regional Innovation Network a reality.

He said that the launch is the beginning of an opportunity for USP and UNDP’s stakeholders, families, and friends to innovatively and respectfully grow this network in the warm spirit of the Pacific Way.

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Launch of the Pacific Regional Innovation Network (PRIN) & Building the Pacific Future We Want