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Pacific Islands
Commission for Justice and Development – Caritas Pacific Islands

Caritas Pacific Islands, which is known as the CEPAC – Commission for Justice and Development was established in 1980 by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Pacific with the aim of promoting justice and development in the various dioceses in the Pacific Islands.

Caritas Pacific Islands is active in programmes addressing peacekeeping and peacebuilding, poverty alleviation, social development, protecting human rights and social justice education.

Caritas Pacific Islands is among the first agencies to deploy emergency aid following natural disasters. In 2009, after torrential rain caused massive flooding washing away homes and bridges in the Pacific Islands, Caritas targeted vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly and women to ensure they have access to food, clean water and household relief kits.

In particular, Caritas Pacific Islands promotes respect for the rights and dignity of all people and aims to develop a high-profile role in social justice and development issues.

Caritas Pacific Islands secretariat is based in Suva has a staff of 10 employees and 50 volunteers. The secretariat serves the 16 archdioceses, covering 19 island states and territories in the Pacific.

Caritas Pacific Islands became a member of Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Oceania in 1983.

Caritas Updates from Pacific Islands

  • Oceania on the frontline of climate change

Oceania on the frontline of climate change

  • 17 November 2015
Global temperatures averaging almost 1oC above normal. For people in some parts of the world, this might still seem like a technical measurement, or a future concern. For us in Oceania, it is rapidly becoming a matter of life or death.
  • Cleaning up Vanuatu after the storm

Cleaning up Vanuatu after the storm

  • 17 April 2015
Groups of locals have taken to the streets of Port Vila, Vanuatu to help clean up the neighbourhoods hardest hit by Cyclone Pam as part of Caritas relief efforts.
  • Shelter crucial in Vanuatu after cyclone

Shelter crucial in Vanuatu after cyclone

  • 20 March 2015
More than half the population of Vanuatu is homeless following Cyclone Pam. Caritas will provide temporary shelter with the arrival in Port Vila of 2000 tarpaulins in the next few days.


Caritas Pacific Islands Info


Postal Address CCJD, Secretariat,
P.O. Box 12334
Suva, Pacific Islands
Telephone +679 33 02 296
Fax +679 33 04 036