Last week in Honiara representatives from the national government, UN agencies and civil society organizations gathered to celebrate the official launch of the first phase of the UN-Solomon Islands Government Joint Programme on Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls (Joint Programme).
It was recorded in the Solomon Star newspaper, that the broader joint programme was a partnership between the Solomon Islands Government and six UN agencies – UN Women, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, ILO and WHO.
The chairman of the Malaita Cocoa and Coconut Research Development Association (MCCRDA), Peter Satu, said in a press release, the support by government in its policy statement is important for the rural farmers.
To answer in detail could fill many pages but I will attempt to keep my answer brief.
The first thing to consider is what do we refer to when we talk of human rights?
Well, human rights are essentially moral principles or norms that describe certain standards of human behaviour, and protected as legal rights in national and international laws, including in aspects of the Solomon Islands National Constitution and in other local statutes.
Such principles are commonly understood as invaluable or fundamental rights to which a person is entitled because he or she is a human being, regardless of language, religion, ethnic origin or any other status.
The Government of Japan has vowed to support basic education and the improvement of schools facilities in the country.
The Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands Kenichi Kimiya said this recently during the signing ceremony of a deal worth $647,836.84 for the construction of a new classroom and staff houses.
The Ambassador said:
“The priority areas of our assistance under the Grassroots and Human Security Scheme in SI are supporting basic education through the construction of school facilities such as classrooms for students and staff houses for teachers.