A beach in Tuvalu

Tuvalu : Society

Tuvalu is an island country in the west-central Pacific Ocean. It sits about halfway between Australia and Hawaii. Its neighbours include Kiribati, to the north, and Fiji, to the south. It is made up of a chain of 9 small coral islands. The islands are low lying. Many have large lagoons and are surrounded by coral reefs. 

Key facts

  • Region: Pacific 
  • Population: 11,500 (2018) 
  • Area: 25.6 square kilometres 
  • Capital: Vaiaku (government offices), Fongafale islet, Funafuti atoll 
  • Joined Commonwealth: 1978  
  • Commonwealth Youth Index: lack of adequate data 

Secretariat support for Tuvalu 

Human rights 

The Commonwealth’s Small States Office in Geneva helped Tuvalu to report on human rights in the country under the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. Tuvalu achieved a successful UPR in May 2018 as a result. 

Climate change 

At a workshop in Fiji in June 2018, the Secretariat helped Tuvalu learn about the law and managing risk as a result of climate change. 

Education 

The Secretariat helped Tuvalu learn about the global community and partnerships. It also worked with the country to help it encourage cultural and religious tolerance. 

The Secretariat is working with Tuvalu to improve access to education for all people and to achieve better results in education. 

Natural resources 

The Secretariat helped the Tuvalu government build skills to negotiate with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) on the development of rules for seabed mining. 

Blue Charter

Tuvalu is a member of the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance – the Blue Charter Action Group on tackling marine plastic pollution.

Connectivity Agenda

Tuvalu is a member of the Supply Side Connectivity cluster of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda. The Connectivity Agenda is a platform for countries to exchange best practices and experiences to trade and investment and undertake domestic reform.

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