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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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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.

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Vanuatu + 10 others
The Pacific - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 19 September 2014)

Normal to below normal rainfall is evident in many Pacific Island countries with the signs of El Niño development, while measles and chikungunya outbreaks are reported in the region.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Building resilience in the face of climate change

Increasingly severe weather patterns and rising sea levels have seen Fiji become the first country in the Pacific to relocate communities because of climate change.

Read the full story on the OCHA website

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Evacuation centre nears completion

The construction of the Vunidogoloa Evacuation Centre in the Northern Division is expected to be completed this month.

This is the second phase of the Vunidogoloa Village relocation project where the first phase was opened by the Prime Minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama in February this year.

The first phase in building the 30 homes for 30 households has been welcomed and commended by the villagers. Close to $200,000.00 have been set aside by government for this project.

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World + 1 other
Pacific climate change link between rising temperatures and disease

Updated 8 September 2014, 10:15 AEST

One of the themes of the UN Small Island Developing States conference was climate change and while people are familiar with the issue of rising sea-levels, few connect the problem of rising temperatures and their impact on the spread of communicable diseases.

Red Cross climate change specialist Rebecca McNaught says we're already seeing the effects of temperature rise on health in the Pacific.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Rebecca McNaught, climate change specialist for the Red Cross

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:


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World + 3 others
A five year project strengthening Natural Solutions in the Pacific region

31 August 2014, Apia, Samoa - A 5-year, €5 million project titled 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption', has been signed on the cusp of the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States.

The project was signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

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Malaysia + 13 others
Dengue Situation Update, 26 August 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 16 August:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 62,860

  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 126


    The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 2 August (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 41,973

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Fiji + 1 other
Experts begin flood control study for Nadi

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Fijian Government and the Government of Japan, two experts have started work to look at mitigating flooding in Nadi.

Nadi Town special administrator Robin Ali says the two Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) officers are carrying out assessment works at the Nadi River and will put a report on proposed solutions.

The two have been working out of the Nadi Town Council and will put together a detailed and comprehensive report for best flood control practices.

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Construction of Welafi Evacuation Centre progressing well

The construction of the Welagi Evacuation Centre in Taveuni is progressing well, says Director of the National Disaster Management, Mr Manasa Tagicakibau.

The construction of this centre would assist the people of Welagi during any natural disaster especially during cyclones or hurricanes.

Mr Tagicakibau added the project was initiated by the community in consultation with Government to mitigate disaster risks.

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Narikoso villagers elated with first harvest since planned relocation

The villagers of Narikoso in Kadavu are thrilled with their first vegetable harvest since their agricultural training conducted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and subsequent establishment of a community nursery and demonstration farms. This harvest is a significant milestone in the relocation of the villagers to their new site, a move they will have to make in order to escape the inundation of their coastal homes due to sea-level rise.

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Climate change a threat to Fiji’s food security

“Unless action is taken soon, climate change will drastically affect our food security and above all, affect different communities in Fiji.”

This was pointed during presentation by the Ministry of Agriculture at the National Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change workshop underway in Suva.

The Ministry’s economic planning officer Jone Raileabula highlighted that countries in the region including Fiji are experiencing the effects of climate change, including worsening coastal erosion and floods. This said has a severe impact on food security.

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Fiji Climate Change Newsletter Issue 8 | August 2014

Fiji leads UN climate change meeting

The fortieth (40th) session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), as well as the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) was recently concluded in Bonn in June.

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Fiji Play Fair: A Human Rights Agenda


Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama’s eight years in power have seen ongoing serious human rights violations fuel a climate of fear that must be brought to an end, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published ahead of the leader’s visit to New Zealand this week.

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World + 10 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, July 2014 - Issue 12


  • Regional general price inflation moderated to 5.7 percent in June after reaching 6.1 percent in May. Food price inflation slowed to 4.4 percent from 5 percent during the same period.

  • The benchmark Thai 100% B rice price rose 2.6 percent, but regional rice prices were stable.

  • Wheat prices fell annually by 3.5 percent in South Asia, and 8.2 percent in Pakistan.

  • China expects 122.6 million tonnes of wheat output this year, up 2 percent over last year.