University of the South Pacific

Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji

IAU Whed id: IAU-020577

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University of the South Pacific

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is a public research university with locations spread throughout a dozen countries in Oceania. Established in 1968, the university is organised as an intergovernmental organisation and is owned by the governments of 12 Pacific island countries: the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

USP is an international centre for teaching and research on Pacific culture and environment, with almost 30,000 students in 2017.

The university's main campus is in Suva, Fiji, with subsidiary campuses in each member state.

Sustainable Development at USP

Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD)

Established as part of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) 1999 strategic plan, the Centre was opened in response to the region’s need for further research of the environment. The goal is to empower the people of the Pacific with the knowledge to be able to adapt to the impacts of climate change and pursue sustainable development. The Centre collaborates with university stakeholders as well as national, regional and international development partners across the CSO and NGO sectors. The Centre also works with regional governments in an advisory capacity, mainstreaming climate change and sustainable development into the development process. The Pacific region and individual island nations have made a strong commitment to international efforts to prevent further irreversible environmental change and to promote sustainable development by becoming party to numerous international “Multilateral Environmental Agreements”. PaCE-SD is a partner in making those commitments a reality.

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