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Ministry prioritises protection of children from future disasters

The resilience of school communities and preparation for future disasters is a top priority for the government of Fiji with the recent endorsement of a new policy this week.

The Education in Emergencies (EiE) and School Safety Policy was today endorsed by the Minister of Education, the Honourable Filipe Bole. The policy is designed at making our schools better prepared for any future disasters.

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USAID Rolls Out Pacific-American Climate Fund in Apia

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a workshop for select civil society, academic and private sector organizations on Wednesday, July 16 to announce the five-year, USD $24-million Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Center.

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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, June 2014 - Issue 11

Highlights

  • Regional general inflation was 6.1 percent in May and food price inflation 5 percent, ending five consecutive months in which the pace of inflation slowed.

  • Regional rice price index increased by 5.3 percent in nominal terms as prices continued to rise in South Asia (including India), East Asia and South East Asia.

  • Wheat price indices in South Asia fell by 6.8 percent driven by an 8.3 percent drop in Pakistan.

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MLC Vunilagi distributes cyclone rehab materials

The Government Shipping Services vessel, MLC Vunilagi is currently distributing pending building rehabilitation materials for homes destroyed by cyclone Thomas in 2012 to communities in the maritime islands in the North and in villages in Udu Point in the district of Namuka.

Seven lots of timber and building materials were loaded onto the MLC Vunilagi at the Malau Wharf near Labasa on Monday.

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Snapshots 85 - Disaster Reduction Programme Newsletter, October 2013 - June 2014

Secretariat of the Pacific Community's (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division through the Disaster Reduction Programme is committed to working with officials and communities around the Pacific to strengthen the ability of countries to protect people as much as possible from the impact of natural and manmade disasters.

IN THIS ISSUE:

1 . Assessing the damage after floods in the Solomon Islands

2 . Tropical Cyclone Ian hits Tonga

  • Increased interoperability between emergency response agencies

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Communications with Communities Asia-­Pacific Newsletter June 2014

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster­affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

**Myanmar **

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Ten-Year Review on Progress Towards and Contributions Made by the Pacific Region to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) from 2005-2015

Executive Summary

The purpose of this report is to appraise changes in disaster risk management (DRM) behaviour that have occurred in the Pacific Region since the adoption of the HFA in 2005, focusing on the overall progress towards achieving the three Strategic Goals and Five Priorities for Action outlined in the HFA. The report identifies the principal enabling factors behind the major achievements in DRM in the Region since 2005, as well as gaps in progress and the principal impediments in the Region to DRM.

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Learning about climate change the Pacific way

Children across the Pacific are set to receive a visual learning aid that will help them understand climate change processes and encourage them to get active in adaptation and mitigation. A new picture-based education resource called ‘Learning about Climate Change the Pacific Way’ has been produced for students, teachers and facilitators. It includes posters and country-specific teacher guides that illustrate and explain key concepts such as climate, the causes and effects of climate change, and adaptation and mitigation options for Pacific Islands.

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Declaration : Sixieme session de la Plateforme oceanienne pour la gestion des risques de catastrophe ; La voie a suivre, vers un developpement resilient aux risques climatiques et aux catastrophes dans le Pacifique, 2 - 4 juin, Suva (Fidji)

NOUS, représentants des États et Territoires insulaires océaniens1 , du Timor-Leste, des organisations de la société civile, des organisations régionales et des partenaires du développement présents à la sixième session de la Plateforme océanienne pour la gestion des risques de catastrophe, tenue à Suva (Fidji), du 2 au 4 juin 2014 ;

CONSCIENTS des défis à relever pour renforcer la résilience aux risques climatiques et aux catastrophes en Océanie, tout en inscrivant la région dans une logique de développement durable ;

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Meeting Statement: Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management; The Way Forward: Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific, 2-4 June 2014, Suva, Fiji

WE, the representatives of Pacific Island Countries and Territories , Timor Leste, civil society organisations, regional organisations and development partners attending the Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management in Suva, 2-4 June 2014;

MINDFUL, of the challenge of strengthening the climate and disaster resilience of the Pacific islands region in the context of sustainable development;

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Fiji + 1 other
People’s Republic of China commits $1.42million to Fijian election

6/7/2014 The People’s Republic of China has committed FJD$1.462m towards preparations for the 2014 General Election following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Fijian government yesterday.

The MOA was signed by the Acting Prime Minister and Minister responsible for elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and the People’s Republic of China Ambassador to Fiji, Huang Yong.

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Pacific Platform opens with call for action

By Andy McElroy

SUVA, 2 June 2014 – The Pacific region today challenged itself to grasp what was described as a ‘pivotal moment’ to shape disaster risk and climate change efforts for at least the next 20 years.

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Kiribati completes Fiji land purchase

Kiribati has made the final payment on land in Fiji in its bid to enhance its economic and social resilience to the effects of climate change.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Climate change gets more funding than food security in Pacific

Report
PACNEWS

By Online Editor
6:22 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2014, Ethiopia

Reports by PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula in Addis Ababa

Climate Change in the Pacific receives more funding from donors than food security, according to a regional government official.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)’s Food Security Technical officer, Gibson Susumu said there is a need for climate change and food security to be given same priority in terms of funding.

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Dengue on decline but Fijians to stay vigilant

The Ministry of Health has registered a decline in the number of dengue cases since the week ending March 31 from 1576 to the current 389 suspected cases in the first week of May.

However, it maintains Fijians must remain vigilant.

National advisor Communicable Diseases, Dr Mike Kama said that a similar pattern was seen in the Solomon Islands just before another outbreak of dengue took place.

“Our advice is to remain vigilant by destroying all mosquito breeding areas and keep a clean compound,” Dr Kama said

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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, April 2014 - Issue 9

HIGHLIGHTS

Food price inflation in the region increased to 4.5 percent in March from 4 percent in February but still weaker than general inflation, which slowed to 5.7 percent.

  • FAO estimates China’s 2013 aggregate cereal production was 547.4 million tonnes in 2013, 1.4 percent higher than the 2012 record crop, even with a 1 percent smaller rice harvest.

  • In Indonesia, the price of rice has increased by 11.2 percent year-on-year despite record paddy production of 71 million tonnes in 2013.

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SPC assists flood relief efforts in Solomon Islands

Thousands of Solomon Islanders are still suffering the effects of the severe floods that struck in early April, resulting in loss of life and destroying homes and crops. The Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office is helping families to clean up and replant while they continue to receive food supplies from the Government and various agencies. These arrangements will remain in place until families are able to harvest their first crops.

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Interview: “Even small disasters can overwhelm small-island economies”

Ms. Osnat Lubrani is the United Nations Resident Coordinator of the UN multi-country office in Fiji. The office covers 10 Pacific Island countries: Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 29 April - 5 May 2014

There are increases in diarrhea cases across Honiara and Guadalcanal Province as well as increases in the number of cases of influenza-like-illness and malaria in GP only.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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