Stephen O’Brien, Secrétaire général des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d’urgence
The Logistics Cluster enables global, regional and local actors to meet humanitarian needs.
Before crises, we work with the stakeholders in high-risk countries and regions to strengthen local capacities.
In crises, where local capacities have been exceeded, we provide leadership, coordination, and information, and facilitate access to operational services.
Globally, the Logistics Cluster is a community of partners actively working to overcome logistics constraints, and to develop and share best practices and solutions.
This Annual Report highlights the impact of the Joint UNDP-DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention. In 2016, the Joint Programme provided support to 45 countries, including through the deployment of Peace and Development Advisors.
New IDB study estimates potential impact on cities and people in low-elevation coastal zones
BELIZE CITY, Belize – A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels.
When disaster strikes, Vanuatu businesses can provide, store and distribute relief supplies through a single procurement system.
When Tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in 2015, it was one of the worst disasters to ever hit the Pacific region. The Category 5 Cyclone left 75,000 people in need of emergency shelter.
One year later Cyclone Winston slammed into Fiji. Its 225mph winds demolished structures all across the main island. Another Category 5 cyclone, Winston left 44 people dead and was the strongest on record to make landfall anywhere in the world.
WFP is exploring the use of existing systems to provide effective assistance to shock affected populations, including government social protection schemes and social safety nets, and their related targeting mechanisms, transfer modalities and delivery mechanisms. Leveraging these existing systems, WFP aims to develop or strengthen their shock-responsive capacities in order to increase the effectiveness, cost efficiency and timeliness of emergency response.
We have come a long way from when the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) came into force, the establishment of the Global Environment Facility, the Kyoto Protocol, the adaptation Fund, recently the Paris agreement and the Green Climate Fund. Yet the same issues and challenges of accessing climate change funds by small islands remain up to day.
Children at a school in Fiji are celebrating the opening of new cyclone resistant classrooms today built with donations from New Zealanders.
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Meteorologists warn that there is twice the normal likelihood of El Niño developing in 2017.
This operation update details the progress of implementation from 22 February 2016 to 30 April 2017. This update also signifies the need to extend the operation by three months from 31 May 2017 until 31 August 2017 to allow the following key activities to be undertaken:
Shelter and Settlements
To complete the target of 1,200 household on Shelter repair and build back safer in which 64% have been completed.
To complete the targeted 35 demonstration model houses in which 50% have been completed.
Pacific island countries unanimously expressed a strong interest in the continuation of work progressed under technical assistance provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in a meeting that ended in Apia yesterday.
Tropical Cyclone Ella has passed Fiji's Rotuma island and weakened to a tropical low.
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Tropical Cyclone ELLA continued moving towards the Northern Division of Fiji islands. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect several Fiji islands, Wallis and Futuna and American Samoa over 12-16 May.
Fiji Meteorological Service has issued a Tropical Cyclone Alert for strong winds for the islands of Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands. Meteo France New Caledonia reported that a Tropical Cyclone Alert number 2 is in effect for Futuna island (Wallis and Futuna).
The following syndrome has been flagged:
• Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
• New Caledonia: As of 3 May 2017, there have been 3,429 cases since 1 September 2016. Dengue serotype 1, 2 and 3 are in circulation. Source: Direction des affaires sanitaires et sociales de Nouvelle-Calédonie.
• Vanuatu: dengue serotype-2 outbreak appears to be slowing down with 2,838 cases as of 4 May 2017, including 147 (5%) hospitalisations (since Nov 2016). The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Vanuatu MoH
Cyclone Ella, currently nearing French island Futuna, is heading west. While Fiji's Metservice says it could strengthen to category three, French meteorologists expect it to weaken.
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Learning from the experience of neighbouring countries was on the agenda at Samoa's National Climate Finance Forum in Apia. Given the increasing climate change financing to the Pacific, there is a need to share experiences and lessons given the varying degrees of readiness that exist in Pacific Island Countries.
A special session on the world's largest dedicated climate fund, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) heard the perspectives from the Cook Islands on accessing the Readiness Fund.
Tropical Cyclone Ella intensified overnight and is now a Category 2 system. As of 6am this morning, it was located near 14 .4 degree South latitude and 176.4 degree West longitude or about 430 km east - northeast of Vanuabalavu or 450km east - northeast of Udu Point . It has a central pressure of 985 HPA and currently moving west at about 12km/hr (about 6knots). Close to its centre , the cyclone is expected to have average winds of up to 95 km/hr (about 0 knots) with momentary gusts up to 130 km/hr (about knots).
- On 9 May, a new Tropical Cyclone formed over the South-Western Pacific Ocean, South of Samoa and started moving towards Fiji islands.
- Fiji Meteorological Service, as of 10 May at 8.00 UTC, has issued a Tropical Cyclone Alert for the islands of Lau, Lomaivit group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands.
Tonga's northern most island group is in preparing and Fiji police are urging the public to take heed of the weather advisories as Cyclone Ella approaches both countries.
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