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24 Oct 2016 description

Who are the regional Pacific Food Security Cluster?
What do we do?

WHO: The Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster (rPFSC) is composed of a cluster support team, consisting of specialists in Cluster Coordination and Information Management.

The Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster is led at the global and regional level by FAO and WFP, two U.N. agencies with a mandate and expertise in the food security sector.

24 Oct 2016 description
report Pacific Community

19 October 2016, Suva

Reducing the negative impacts of disasters on the people of the Pacific is at the core of this year’s Pacific Resilience Week beginning in Suva, Fiji, today.

Disaster managers from 15 Pacific Island countries, disaster risk reduction experts and humanitarian response partners are coming together to help create a more disaster-resilient Pacific. They aim to strengthen national and regional collaboration on disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from disaster.

24 Oct 2016 description

19 October 2016, Suva

The Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union (EU) have commissioned the installation of 400 solar photovoltaic home systems to help affected communities in Fiji recover from tropical cyclone Winston.

The FJ$10 million EU-funded Fiji Micro Projects Programme (MPP) was redesigned in May 2016 to provide medium to long term response measures following a visit to cyclone-devastated areas by the EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E. Andrew Jacobs, and the Pacific Community Director-General, Colin Tukuitonga.

21 Oct 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week: o None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o Grenada

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o None

21 Oct 2016 description

The people of Taveuni will be able to view for the first time their island on a tangible 3 dimensional model map after a 9-day community workshop that commences this week on the island.

The workshop supported by the Secretariat of the Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) through its Pacific Ecosystem based Adaptation Project (PEBACC) in partnership with the leaders and people of Taveuni employs the Participatory 3 Dimensional Modelling (P3DM) to document physical and cultural landscapes of the island.

20 Oct 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Cook Islands, French Polynesia

· Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Tonga, Solomon Islands

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Guam, Niue.

Other updates:

Dengue

· Solomon Islands declared an outbreak on 8 October. A total of 414 cases of suspected dengue have been reported in Honiara and Guadalcanal (134 additional cases since last report) from epidemiological week 33 to week 40 (15 August to 9 October 2016).

18 Oct 2016 description

Eight months since Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated the South Pacific Island nation of Fiji, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) recovery efforts in partnership with the Fiji Government have been progressively underway to rebuild people’s livelihoods.

18 Oct 2016 description

The second Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum officially opened today with national, regional and international experts on climate services and disaster risk reduction present to explore common approaches and best practices for climate services that can be extended throughout the Pacific Island region.

With the cyclone season closing in, the two-day event hosted by the Fiji Meteorology Service in Nadi is placing a special focus on disaster risk reduction and the importance of climate information for community preparedness.

15 Oct 2016 description

In Asia and the Pacific, the consolidation of the Governance and Conflict Prevention work under one cluster has led to a number of regional initiatives with specific focus on peacebuilding including a Regional Project on Supporting Inclusive and Peaceful Societies in Asia Pacific (SIPSAP).

To take stock of the work done at the country level we are pleased to present Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding work in Asia Pacific, a report put together by the Bangkok Regional Hub with inputs from Country Offices engaged in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding.

13 Oct 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week: o None

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o None

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o None

13 Oct 2016 description

Work is set to begin on nine schools in Fiji that were awarded the first batch of tenders after Cyclone Winston.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International.

13 Oct 2016 description

13 October 2016, GENEVA – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, today marked International Day for Disaster Reduction by recognising five outstanding examples of successful efforts to reduce disaster mortality.

Today marks the beginning of the “Sendai Seven Campaign: Seven Targets, Seven Years” which references the seven targets for reducing disaster losses in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted by UN Member States in March, 2015.

13 Oct 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Tonga

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Guam, Niue.

Other updates:

Dengue

· Solomon Islands continues to report Dengue-like illness cases. There were 56 cases for week ending 2 October 2016. Samples have been sent to a reference laboratory for confirmatory testing and serotyping. Results are pending. Source: Solomon Islands Ministry of Health & Medical Services.

12 Oct 2016 description

The Fiji Meteorological Service has cancelled yesterday's flood warning but has maintained a heavy rain warning in some areas.

Read the story here.

12 Oct 2016 description

Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.