Land and resource disputes, climate change, state governance, and the legacy of colonial and post-colonial conflicts are all common challenges for the diverse territories and countries across the Pacific region.
The 2001 Bougainville Peace Agreement ended almost a decade of violent conflict, and established the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. A referendum on the region’s political status took place in November 2019 with a result of almost 98% of votes in favour of independence from Papua New Guinea. We work with our partners to address community conflict challenges and we support the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement through providing technical and facilitation support to the post-referendum inter-governmental dialogue process.
In 2018, Fiji held its second democratic elections since the last military coup of 2006. Despite progress, political and social divisions persist, posing an ongoing risk to Fiji’s peace and stability. Building on our long history in the region, we’re working with our partners to address the drivers of these political and social divisions.
Whether it is a survivor or victim of sexual violence or former combatants, the most rewarding thing is to witness them recover and live a normal life.