Pacific Islands

  • “No mangroves, no fish.” Community members in Pari, Papua New Guinea learn how human behavior affects the mangroves and develop plans of their own to plant trees, maintain backyard nurseries and rehabilitate the shorelines.

  • A Papua New Guinea man wears a woman’s meri blouse, pledging his support against gender-based violence. “We must put ourselves in women’s shoes. I wear this blouse to show my respect for women and to support the stop of violence against women.”

  • Performers greet guests to a festive cultural presentation at the opening of the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa.

  • USAID Mission Director for Philippines and Pacific Islands, Gloria D. Steele, visits the villages of Vunisinu and Nalase in Rewa Province to see the implementation of USAID's Coastal Community Adaptation Project.

  • Anosa of Kavatoetoe, Tuvalu leads his boat to shore before going spearfishing. Climate change has led to rising sea surface temperature, ocean acidification, algae blooms and more, which threatens Anosa’s fishing community.

  • Residents from Fijian villages examine their Climate Change Risk and Asset Map, which shows areas currently impacted by flood.

Building an Inclusive Culture of Safety in the Pacific
Natural Disasters Pose Extra Threat for Pacific Islanders With Disabilities
Fiji Elections Make Way for LGBT Advocacy
Fiji Elections Make Way for LGBT Advocacy
One by One: Papua New Guinea Nurse Champions Patient Care
Papua New Guinea Champions HIV/AIDS Patient Care

About Pacific Islands

The Pacific Islands are on the front lines of a variety of worldwide challenges, in particular global climate change and natural disasters. With some areas in the Pacific Islands only 15 feet above sea level, these nations are among the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, as well as being some of the least able to respond. The region is home to more than 8.5 million people, major fisheries, coral reefs and important tropical forests where the United States has significant security and regional interests.

USAID assistance to Pacific Island nations focuses on environmental conservation and climate change adaptation, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Papua New Guinea, and targeted democracy support initiatives in both Papua New Guinea and Fiji. We work closely with Pacific Island governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, the private sector, and civil society organizations to ensure that USAID programs have the greatest possible impact.

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Pacific Islands Regional Profile

Last updated: November 13, 2015

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Contact Information

Mission Contact

Richard L. Edwards, Regional Coordinator for the Pacific
USAID Pacific Islands Regional Office
U.S. Embassy, Douglas Street, P.O. Box 1492
Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea
+675 321-1455 ext 2113
+675 321-3423

USAID Contact

Melissa Kennison, Desk Officer
U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
, DC 
(202) 712-4521