The European Union (EU) and the Pacific Community (SPC) have launched three new projects that will help address the social and economic impacts of COVID19, whilst supporting longer-term economic recovery and health benefits for the Pacific region.

The EUR 1.5 million Pacific Regional Integrated Food and Nutrition Security Initiative to COVID-19 (PRISCO19) will provide immediate support for food and nutritional security across 12 Pacific Island countries, while the Safe and Sustainable Drinking Water for Kiritimati Island (EUR 6.2 million) will improve access to clean and safe drinking water in the Republic of Kiribati and the Sustainable Energy and Accompanying Measures (SEAM) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (SEAM – REEE) (EUR 11.6 million)  will improve access to sustainable energy security for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

Today’s announcement outlines the significant partnership and commitment between the EU, Pacific countries and SPC to deliver genuine, meaningful and impactful development solutions for the lives and livelihoods of Pacific people.

The EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Sujiro Seam said, ‘‘The projects launched today send 4 important messages for the Pacific. First, the EU is present in the whole region, from the North to the South Pacific. Second, ‘Team Europe’ response to COVID-19 addresses the socio-economic impact of the crisis, with this focus on food and nutrition security. Third, it also deals with the health impact of the crisis, with an emphasis on water, sanitation and hygiene in Kiribati. Fourth, despite the COVID-19 crisis, the EU continues to pursue the European Green Deal as its top priority, as the project on sustainable energy in FSM shows.”

Senior government officials from the Republic of Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia who were present during today’s grant signing ceremony welcomed the partnerships noting the significant contribution this work will have for their countries and communities.

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