The United Nations in the Pacific will bring together artists from across the region, UN leaders, Pacific heads of state and international celebrities in a first-of-its-kind virtual concert to promote solidarity in the fight against COVID-19.
In the Solomon Islands the concert will be broadcasted on Saturday, August 15 by Telekom Television (TTV) at 6pm and PAOA FM at 8pm. SIBC will broadcast the concert at 3pm on Sunday, August 16. PAOA FM will replay the concert on Sunday, August 16 at 2pm and 8pm.
Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together will call on leaders and citizens across the region to work together and with the rest of the world to overcome the global pandemic.
Hosted by Aunty Tala from the Laughing Samoans, the virtual concert will feature performances from Jah Boy (Solomon Islands); Jay Hoad (Australia); Juny B (Kiribati); Justin Wellington (PNG); Kendal T (Palau); Mia Kami (Tonga); Nem & Talei (Fiji); Paulini (Australia); Poly Flavour (Samoa); Skillz (Fiji); Stan and the Earth Force (Vanuatu); Te Vaka (New Zealand); Tiki Taane (New Zealand); Tropikana Breeze (Tuvalu); Vanessa Quai (Vanuatu); Yosh (Vanuatu); UN Messenger of Peace Yo-Yo Ma (USA); and more.
The event will also include appearances from the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed; His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; the Fiji National Rugby Sevens Team; Oscar-winning actor and Sustainable Development Goals Advocate Forest Whitaker; New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern; Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama; Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano; The Princess Royal, Her Royal Highness, Princess Salote Mafileó Pilolevu Tuita of Tonga; Director of the World Health Organisation Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; Palau President Tommy Remengesau, and more.
“This will be the first ever virtual concert to comprise primarily of artists from across the region and be accessible to audiences not only in the Pacific but around the world,” said Tofiga Fepulea’i, the actor and comedian who plays Aunty Tala. “I’m very proud to be part of this historic event. Now is the time for us to come together, to celebrate the strength and solutions that are possible when the Pacific unites.”
Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together is an opportunity for the geographically remote Pacific region to connect with each other and the rest of the world, recognising that we must work together to beat COVID-19 and build a better future. During the virtual concert, UN leaders, heads of state and celebrities will commit to supporting the fight against COVID-19, also calling on everyone at home to play a part by adapting to the new normal.
“The concert will pay tribute to essential workers across the Pacific for the work they’ve done so far to prevent transmission and save lives,” said United Nations Resident Coordinator for ten countries in the Pacific, Sanaka Samarasinha. “But we must remain vigilant as COVID-19 is still raging around the world. At the same time, we see the devastation it has already caused for our island nations, destroying the livelihoods of many, disrupting education, stretching basic health services, increasing nutritional deficiencies of children and undermining the human rights of those who were already vulnerable – especially women and girls, people with disabilities, youth, migrant workers, refugees and the elderly.”
“The Pacific Unite virtual concert is a call, through music and art, for continued solidarity across the region as we face this unprecedented challenge together. It is also a reminder that as we rise up as a family of nations, we must seize the opportunity to build a more inclusive and resilient Pacific and a more sustainable and equitable world.”
Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together will premiere on Saturday, August 15, 2020. It will be aired by broadcasters including Apia Broadcasting Limited (Samoa); the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; EMTV (Papua New Guinea); Fiji Broadcasting Commission; National Indigenous Television (Australia); Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited (New Zealand); Palau National Communication Corporation; Tonga Broadcasting Commission; Tuvalu Broadcasting Commission; Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation; and more to come.
In Solomon Islands the concert will be broadcasted on Saturday, August 15 by Telekom Television (TTV) at 6pm and PAOA FM at 8pm. SIBC will broadcast the concert at 3pm on Sunday, August 16. PAOA FM will replay the concert on Sunday, August 16 at 2pm and 8pm.
The concert will also be streamed on UN Web TV, the Official Channel of the United Nations on You Tube and the United Nations in the Pacific Facebook page, Social Media (UN YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter), UNTV (Spectrum cable TV channel 228).
Live streaming on webtv.un.org and UN Web TV YouTube on August 15
Fiji/Kiribati/Marshall Is/Nauru/NZ/Tuvalu 7pm|Samoa/Tonga 8pm|Palau 4pm|PNG/AUS 5pm|FSM/Solomon Is/Vanuatu 6pm|Thailand 2pm|Geneva 9am|New York 3am
“Music brings people together in harmony, reminding us of our common bonds and all that is possible when we work together,” said Te Vaka songwriter and vocalist Opetaia Foa’i. “It is a privilege to be part of this special event, helping to unite people across the Pacific and around the world in the fight against COVID-19.”
Already among the most remote countries on earth, Pacific island states saw their vital economic links weakened in recent months with the evaporation of tourism, severe disruptions to international trade, and a reduction in remittances.
The United Nations is supporting countries in the Pacific through a system-wide, multi-sectoral approach that aims to limit the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the devastating social and economic impacts of the virus.