aces="true">To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations is igniting a people’s debate. The commemoration will feature a large and inclusive global conversation on the role of global cooperation in Shaping Our Future Together. Known as UN75, the year-long event aims to launch the biggest ever global conversation on the future we want, and where we are headed if current trends continue. 

aces="true">In the Pacific, we want to hear the voices of the unreached, from classrooms to boardrooms, parliaments to village halls. This campaign should align with the aspirations of UN75 sparking dialogue and action on how we can build a better world despite many challenges. Through the support of the UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Pacific launched a regional campaign to bring out and amplify these voices and organizations, groups, academic institutions, and interested parties are invited to apply for funding support to participate and collect the voices of the region. Creativity is strongly encouraged and voices can be through debates, drama, soul-searching songs by a choir, online exchanges on Solevaka, and other innovative and imaginative forms of expression. The campaign should be inclusive featuring women, youth and persons living with disabilities. The campaign is being led by UNDP Pacific in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific.

aces="true">The United Nations was founded in 1945 to support collective action to realize peace, development and human rights for all.

The United Nations Development Programme released its

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Titled, ‘Beyond Income, Beyond Averages, Beyond Today,’ the report identifies a new generation of inequalities that are increasingly determining people’s opportunities in the 21st century.

The demonstrations sweeping across the world today signal that, despite unprecedented progress against poverty, hunger and disease, many societies are not working as they should. The connecting thread, is inequality.

Just as the gap in basic living standards is narrowing for millions of people, the necessities to thrive have evolved.

A new generation of inequalities is opening up, around education, and around technology and climate change -- two seismic shifts that, unchecked, could trigger a ‘new great divergence’ in society of the kind not seen since the Industrial Revolution.

In countries with very high human development, for example, subscriptions to fixed broadband are growing 15 times faster and the proportion of adults with tertiary education is growing more than six times faster than in countries with low human development.

The report analyzes inequality in three steps: beyond income, beyond averages, and beyond today and proposes a battery of policy options to tackle it.

The first edition of the Solevaka newsletter was published in November, 2019.

The newsletter features more about the new knowledge platform, highlights of the Voluntary National Review reports in the Paclific, spotlights of initiatives of the Pacific Sustainable Development Goals and many more.

The Solevaka newsletter will initally be published every month-end.

The Solevaka team is grateful for the valuable comments and perspectives shared by contributors to the E-Consultation on the Pacific Climate Action that was held for two months.

Most views highlighted the impacts of climate change and the lack of information sharing on efforts in the region. The voices of young people and their request to be included in initiatives were raised.

Information sharing continues to be highlighted as an important practice that needed to be strengthened particularly given that the landscape of projects is vast in the climate change space and information is scatted.

Following the closure of the e-discussions or forum, the team has summarized the contributions and the synthesis report.

As the world strives to cut greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change, it is crucial to track progress towards globally agreed climate goals.

For a decade, the United Nations Environment Program’s Emissions Gap Report has compared where greenhouse gas emissions are heading against where they need to be, and highlighted the best ways to close the gap.

What’s new in this year’s report?

Update on the emissions gap

The report presents the latest data on the expected gap in 2030 for the 1.5°C and 2°C temperature targets of the Paris Agreement. It considers different scenarios, from no new climate policies since 2005 to full implementation of all national commitments under the Paris Agreement. For the first time, it looks at how large annual cuts would need to be from 2020 to 2030 to stay on track to meeting the Paris goals.

Ways to bridge the emissions gap

Every year, the report features ways to bridge the gap. This year, the report looks at the potential of the energy transition – particularly in the power, transport and buildings sectors – and efficiency in the use of materials such as iron steel and cement.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) have been working together since 2014 to support countries in developing Nationally Determined Contributions - or NDCs - beginning

with the launch of a regional NDC dialogue series that just completed its 22nd event having engaged over 2,200 participants from over 150 developing countries.

This report, leveraging those relationships and history, is the most detailed review yet of momentum since the Paris Agreement and is designed to both inspire and inform the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on 23 September.

With plans to develop a structured, needs-driven and vibrant field of volunteerism for an envir

onmentally sustainable future in the Pacific, Ulla Gronlund from United Nations Volunteers sought members’ feedback on capturing data, measuring contribution, key issues and challenges of volunteerism in the Pacific. 

A member started the discussion disagreeing on the statement that the region lacks structured volunteerprogrammes.

He argued, there have been numerous amounts of campaigns and activities around climate change and disaster programmes within each of the countries successfully engaging volunteers of all ages and these volunteer activities are structured in various ways that suit the dynamics of the volunteers.

A structure that may work for one or ganisation may not necessarily work for another and each organisation and network has adopted different standards that work for them and this should not be seen as an overall lack of structure in volunteer programs.  

This Query sought member feedback on how Information Communication Technology (ICTs) and social

media may be used in the Pacific to promote, monitor and report the effectiveness of climate change programs.

While the Query had a focus on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) the majority of examples provided by respondents related to ''operational'' uses to implement programs, and how social media is primarily used for ''promotional'' and knowledge-sharing uses.

The significant potential to expand operational and promotional uses, and further extend into M&E and more two-way and interactive communications were discussed.  

Games are a great way to create a fun environment conducive to learning for any age group and a

way for participants to develop their understanding of some complex ideas and challenges that arise when working in climate change.

Playing an appropriate game and facilitating a specific debrief discussion afterwards is a great way to impart knowledge and information and develop a deeper understanding of the issues.  


Participatory media is where the audience can play an active role in the process of collecting,

reporting, analyzing and disseminating content.

Many in the Pacific find this form of media more effective in creating awareness and finding solutions to environmental challenges as compared to the traditional forms of media.