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25 Nov 2014 description

Today I met with United Nations Development Program Administrator Helen Clark to discuss how Australia and the UNDP can further collaborate to reduce poverty, empower women and build stronger democratic institutions.

We also discussed the humanitarian toll being exacted by ISIL, the civil war in Syria and Iraq and what more the international community can do to assist, and the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Australia will provide more than $21 million to the UNDP this year to support its vital work around the world.

24 Nov 2014 description

With a least four major tropical cyclones expected to hit Pacific Island nations this summer, Red Cross is standing ready to help people prepare, respond and recover.

"The risk of tropical cyclones in the region is higher than normal in El Nino years," says Steve Ray, International Emergencies Manager at Australian Red Cross. "We will likely see seven or eight named tropical cyclones in our region, of which at least four are expected to be severe."

24 Nov 2014 description
report UN Women

Because the risk of violence against women and girls increases in the aftermath of a disaster, UN Women is supporting training for first responders and disaster-risk-reduction planners in Fiji to prevent, recognize and address violence in emergencies across the Pacific.

Date : 20 November 2014

13 Nov 2014 description

Bangkok, Thailand, 13 Nov 2014 -- A global initiative to improve the way agricultural statistics are compiled at country level has taken another step forward in Asia and the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced today.

10 Nov 2014 description
report Government of Fiji

Youths living in Lami were recently taught on the different farming techniques in a bid to help communities combat against the effects of climate change.

The Land Resource Planning Division (LRPD) of the Ministry of Agriculture, in partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)and the Lami Town Council worked together to bring about this first ever workshop conducted for informal communities in semi-urban areas along the Suva-Nausori corridor.

07 Nov 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SHC/4118
Sixty-ninth session,
42nd Meeting (PM)
GENERAL ASSEMBLY
MEETINGS COVERAGE

Speakers Introduce Range of Draft Texts, Covering Country Reports, Missing Persons, Journalists, Corruption

06 Nov 2014 description

After three days of an intensive training-of-trainers event, teacher trainees from Fulton college, Fiji National University and the University of the South Pacific, were given the opportunity to put what they had learned into practice during a site visit to Korobebe village in Sabeto, Nadi.

04 Nov 2014 description

In this Issue

Featured Stories

  • Helping Save Samoa's Forests: UNDP Administrator and GEF Chief Executive meet a community on the frontline
  • Supporting Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • Photo essays and stories from: Comoros, Fiji, Haiti, Maldives, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Featured Resources

02 Nov 2014 description

After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.

28 Oct 2014 description

(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.

26 Oct 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

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.

21 Oct 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

14 Oct 2014 description
report Government of Fiji

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.

14 Oct 2014 description
report Government of Fiji

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

10 Oct 2014 description
report Caritas

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?

07 Oct 2014 description

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

06 Oct 2014 description
report Government of Fiji

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.

03 Oct 2014 description
report Government of Fiji

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.