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Fiji + 8 others
Dengue Situation Update, 8 April 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Malaysia continues to report a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period, however, the recent trend has decreased. Australia and Singapore, have reported a similar number of cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period.

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World + 2 others
Pacific Australia Climate Change Science Adaptation Planning Program wraps in June

Meteorological acronym for today: CliDE (Climate Data for the Environment) is a Climate Data Management System that provides each country with a central database for climate records.

5 April 2013, Rarotonga Cook Islands - The three year Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science Adaptation Planning Program funded by the Government of Australia comes to an end in June this year. It consisted of two major components - adaptation; and science.

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Opening Address by Prime Minister Cook Islands, Hon. Henry Puna at the Regional Consultation on Climate Services for the Pacific Small Island States

Representatives of the Office of the Global Framework for Climate Services of WMO SPREP
Representatives of international organisations
Representatives from National Met and Hydro Services
Ladies and Gentlemen

Thanks for joining us in the Cook Islands on the occasion of this regional consultation – we've tried our best to provide the best possible climate and surroundings for this meeting but as we always say: we're in God's Hands. Whether it's a case of rain or shine, it's always considered a blessing.

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Vanuatu + 8 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 25 - 31 March 2014

In Vanuatu, 11 fatalities have been confirmed after flash floods and landslides. In Sri Lanka, drought affecting 247,000 families prompts preparations for a needs assessment.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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At least 630 zika virus cases in Cook Islands

There are now 49 confirmed cases of zika virus in the Cook Islands and as many as 630 people are believed to have suffered from the mosquito-born disease.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Fiji + 5 others
Dengue Situation Update, 25 March 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Australia, Malaysia and Singapore have been experiencing a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia, Lao PDR, New Caledonia, Philippines and Viet Nam.

Malaysia is experiencing an outbreak of dengue. Dengue activity in 2014 is more than 4 times higher than 2013, for the same time period.

Singapore is experiencing an increased level of dengue activity. Dengue activity in 2014 is 1.2 times higher than 2013, for the same time period.

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Tonga + 5 others
Disaster Insurance on the Agenda in the Pacific

Report
World Bank

NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga, March 24, 2014 --- Representatives of Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu attended a regional workshop last week on 20-21 March in Tonga to discuss the future of Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance (DRFI) in the region. The workshop was opened by Tonga’s Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. ‘Asiake Valu Eke and closed by Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Samiu Vaipulu and His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan to Tonga.

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Cook Islands bracing for Cyclone Mike as it moves towards the main island

Tropical cyclone Mike, a category one storm, is expected to intensify as it move towards Rarotonga.

The Cook Islands is bracing itself as Tropical Cyclone Mike heads towards the Pacific nation.

The category one cyclone was 75 kilometres northwest of the capital Rarotonga at 5pm local time.

The Cook Islands Meteorological Service says the islands are currently experiencing light to moderate rains, but these are expected to intensify later tonight as the cyclone moves southeast.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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World + 20 others
Climate change threatening small island countries and posing a danger to food security in landlocked states

Mongolia Ministry of Industry and Agriculture convenes high-level forum to discuss remedial action – 10 Government Ministers attend

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 12 Mar 2014 -- While the environments of small islands in the Pacific and landlocked countries with no access to the sea may seem polar opposites, they share common problems that need collaborative efforts to address and resolve if food security is to be guaranteed for future generations, a specially convened meeting in the Mongolian capital has heard.

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World + 8 others
Island countries seek ways to better access funds

2 March 2012, Apia, Samoa -- Accessing funds for Climate Change adaptation is a key challenge for the Pacific as knowing where to seek information on the financing available and how to access the funds is not always as cut and dried as it seems.

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Zika virus reaches the Cook Islands

The zika virus infection has reached the Cook Islands for the first time with as many as 175 people displaying symptoms.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand Int'l

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Fiji + 14 others
European Union and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) sign a €35.5 (FJ$90.8) million financing agreement on climate change and sustainable energy

The programme will help 15 Pacific countries to address three main challenges: adapting to climate change; reducing their reliance on fossil fuels; and capacity building.

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Marshall Islands + 13 others
Pacific Regional Office Development Operational Report Quarter 3 & 4 2013 (MAA55001)

Key Accomplishments:

o The adoption of the Marshall Island Red Cross Act by parliament heralded the formation of a new Red Cross National Society.

o With the establishment of a sub-regional office in the northern Pacific, the regional office is now better placed to provide closer more tailored support to national societies in Palau, FSM and RMI.

o Completion of the Pacific Governance Enhancement Programme formative evaluation and endorsement from all Pacific members to continue the programme.

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 26 February 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Australia, Malaysia and Singapore have been experiencing a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend increased in New Caledonia and Lao PDR however, reported cases remained lower than 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia, Philippines and Viet Nam.

Lao PDR experienced a large dengue year in 2013, peaking in August 2013. However, in early 2014, dengue activity remains low, and substantially lower than during the same time period in 2013.

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Indonesia + 2 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 18-24 February 2014

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Cook Islands' health officials declare dengue fever outbreak

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In Cook Islands, health officials have declared an outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease Dengue Fever - the first for five years.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Helen Greig, Cook Islands journalist

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Samoa + 9 others
Saving lives Changing minds : #7 Aug 2013 - Jan 2014

A message from the International Federation Dear partners,

Welcome to the 7th external edition of Saving Lives Changing Minds. In this edition you will read about the work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (the Movement) in the Pacific over the last six months – from disaster response to water and sanitation, first aid, community health and the empowerment of young women.

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World + 21 others
Technical paper: The risk of disaster-induced displacement - South Pacific island states

A new paper aims to assess the risk of disaster-induced displacement in 21 island states in the South Pacific to guide development and preparedness planning.