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SECRETARIAT OF THE PACIFIC COMMUNITY (SPC) Noumea, New Caledonia Suva, Fiji Islands

NEWS RELEASE May 29, 2000


Funding from the New Zealand government will support the participation of an SPC Pacific Women's Resource Bureau team to the Beijing +5 review meetings in New York.

The review, also known as the UNGASS or United Nations General Assembly Special Session, will meet to assess progress of the 1995 Beijing Plan of Action

PWRB's acting head, Tangata Vainerere, confirmed today that the SPC under a special grant from NZODA, the Overseas Development Assistance Programme of the New Zealand government, is able to send to New York a delegation of seven people.

They are Maryline Kajoi, Acting Assistant Director, National Women's Division, Department of Home Affairs, Boroko, NCD, Papua New Guinea; Frances Topa-Apera, NGO, National Council of Women, Rarotonga, Cook Islands; and Tuna Fielakepa, Deputy Chairperson, Langafonue'e Fefine; Paula Lavulo, Director, Central Planning Department; and Milika Tuita, GAD Specialist, all of Tonga.

In the absence of the Women's Development Advisor for the Pacific Women's Resource Bureau, Vainerere has endorsed the assistance of Salamo Fulivai, Director YWCA, Suva as team leader. The Bureau's Communications Officer, Lisa Williams, has received partial support from the NZODA grant to enable her to send news reports of the meeting back to women in the region, and to prepare a video documentary of the Pacific Islands delegation at the Beijing +5 session.

"We're grateful to NZODA for the assistance and support which they have once more given to allow an increased participation for Pacific women in the UN forum," says Vainerere.

He says the exposure of Pacific women to the Beijing +5 process would help them gain insights into reviewing the Pacific Platform for Action (PPA), which is seen as the Pacific commitment to equity and development for the women of the region.

All member countries of the SPC have supported the PPA, which was published in 1994 and taken by the region to the UN 4th World Conference on Women, in Beijing in 1995.

The theme of the UN special session, which began today (May 29) at UN Headquarters in New York, is "Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century."

For more information contact: Salamo Fulivai, Director Pacific Regional YWCA PH: 679.304.961

Tangata Vainerere, Acting Head Pacific Women's Resource Bureau SPC H: 687.26.01.78

Lisa Leilani Williams Communications Officer Pacific Women's Resource Bureau Secretariat of the Pacific Community BP D5 -- 98848 Noumea Cedex New Caledonia Telephone: 687--26.20.00 Facsimile: 687--26.38.18 Direct Line: 687--26.01.57 E-mail: 

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