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World + 7 others
Pacific humanitarians meet to strengthen disaster response

(Suva, 28 October 2014): Humanitarians from across the Pacific have gathered in Suva today to strengthen disaster response and coordination in the region.

More than 120 participants are attending the 7th Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) Regional Meeting from 28-30 October 2014. The annual meeting is organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and brings together over 100 humanitarian partners in the region.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Honor Commitments to Human Rights Council

Make Verifiable Changes to Dismal Rights Record

(Geneva, October 27, 2014) – UN member states should press the government of Fiji during its UN human rights review to end ill-treatment in detention, cease harassment and arbitrary arrest of its citizens, and stop interfering with judicial independence, Human Rights Watch said today. Fiji will undergo its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR), an assessment of each member country’s rights record held every four years, before the Human Rights Council in Geneva on October 29, 2014.

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Malaysia + 13 others
Dengue Situation Update, 21 October 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


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Fiji + 13 others
Asia-Pacific region: El Niño Snapshot - October 2014

What is El Niño?

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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1200 new homes built by Government

More than 1,200 new homes have been built by Government in the Western Division in the past 16 months as part of the Tropical Cyclone Evans rehabilitation programme benefiting more than 3000 Fijians who lost their homes from the natural disaster.

The rehabilitation programme leaves close to 300 homes to be completed before the end of this year.

Acting Commissioner Western, Luke Moroivalu said the completion of more than a thousand homes is testament of Government’s development objectives to ensure that all Fijians are empowered to contribute positively.

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Prime Minister briefed on the prolonged dry spell

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was today briefed on the prolonged dry spell affecting most parts of Fiji.

The National Disaster Management director, Mr Manasa Tagicakibau said in his presentation to the head of government that the dry spell is driven by the potential El Nino that has been trying to develop fully in the Pacific since May.

Mr Tagicakibau also highlighted how the following sectors have been affected by the prolonged dry spell; Education; Agriculture / Livestock / Irrigation; Health; Sugar; Water; Electricity and Communities

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World + 9 others
Small yet strong: voices from Oceania on the environment


About this report

This report draws from interviews carried out with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand partners and networks between March and August 2014. We approached groups with these key questions:

What are the environmental issues you are experiencing in your work and community?

What responses are people making?

What solutions do you think should be made?

What else do you want to tell us about environmental impacts affecting people in your community?

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Much needed rain eases Fiji drought risk

Fiji's National Disaster Management Office says a dry spell that threatened to develop into a drought in parts of the country is showing signs of easing.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Stakeholders Briefing on Current Dry Spell

The different agencies of Government were today briefed on the drought situation brought about by the current dry spell that is currently affecting the whole of Fiji.

The dry spell is driven by the potential EL Nino that had been trying to develop fully in the Pacific, since May 2014.

In opening the stakeholders meeting, Acting Permanent Secretary for Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Mr Inoke Wainiqolo reiterated the importance of working together.

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1st forum on NSC for emergency water response convened

The National Steering Committee on Emergency Water Response to the prolonged dry spell currently affecting most part of Fiji was convened today.

The meeting was chaired by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management permanent secretary Mr Filipe Alifereti.

He reminded the forum on the need to work together in order to respond effectively to the need of those communities affected.

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Fiji Red Cross Society Drought Assistance

The Fiji Red Cross Society is providing much needed assistance to help the people of Naitasiri who are affected by the current drought. The assistance is through the provision of clean water to the affected areas.

The Fiji Red Cross team comprises of a Logistics Support Officer, who will also be operating the NOMAD unit and 2 Fiji Red Cross – Suva Branch volunteers.

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World + 69 others
CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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Dry spell, not a drought in Fiji

SUVA, 29 SEPTEMBER 2014 (FIJI TIMES) ---- The prolonged dry spell experienced in Fiji's Western Division and other parts of the country is called a meteorological drought.

This was determined by weather officials at a stakeholders' meeting at the Commissioner Western's office in Lautoka on Monday.

Acting Commissioner Western Luke Moroivalu said there were other factors of the dry spell that needed to be determined before a drought could be declared.

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World + 23 others
Assemblée générale: sur fond d’appels vibrants au multilatéralisme, le Chef de la diplomatie russe dénonce la polarisation de la scène internationale


Assemblée générale
Soixante-neuvième session
15e & 16e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi

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World + 18 others
Unparalleled Global Pressures Tempered in General Assembly Debate by Appeals to Forge Bonds with Neighbours, Mitigate Man-Made, Natural Disasters


Sixty-ninth General Assembly
14th & 15th Meetings (AM & PM)

Amid growing global tensions and turmoil, fostering neighbourly relations was vital to national development and prosperity and in keeping with the “surge of democracy” spreading throughout the world, the General Assembly heard today as debate continued into the weekend.

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Water authority of Fiji: No promises but total commitment

Engineers have managed to increase pressure that has allowed WAF to resume its schedule of alternate water delivery that was disrupted on Friday night (19) due to a significant drop in water level at the catchment area.

Mr. Opetaia Ravai, CEO of WAF, said 65% of the 25,000 people from 5,100 homes in selected areas (see attachment) in Suva are receiving water through their taps until 10 pm tonigh (21). Carted water is being delivered to the remaining 35% ovcr the same period.

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Drought threat growing in Fiji

Reports from Fiji say the country is rapidly approaching a state of drought, with no substantial rainfall since the 17th of May.

Read the full article here

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Malaysia + 12 others
Dengue Situation Update, 09 September 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacifc Region

Northern Hemisphere


As of 3 September 2014 a total of 134 cases of dengue reported in Japan. Local transmision of dengue:

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Papua New Guinea + 5 others
ECHO Factsheet – The Pacific Region – September 2014

Key messages

  • The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in casualties and people affected per inhabitant.

  • Promoting and enabling active participation of both women and men in training, planning and decision-making for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response is crucial for reducing vulnerability to natural calamities in the Pacific.