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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

  • Sinking Christmas

Sinking Christmas

  • 26 June 2010
Sea levels in Kiribati have averaged a rise of 3.7 millimetres a year since 1992 (Australian National Tidal centre). With sea levels rising and most of Kiribati only two meters high, the end is in sight for the 98,000 residents.
  • Pacific islanders face end of a way of life

Pacific islanders face end of a way of life

  • 26 August 2008
Caritas Oceania first raised the issue of climate change with the member organisations of Caritas Internationalis some years ago, when it was not a major issue for the Confederation, and is very pleased that Caritas Internationalis now has a strong focus on climate change.


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