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18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.

  • Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.

  • In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.

  • Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.

15 Dec 2014 description

Suva's main hospital has received a much needed delivery of more than 7000 litres of safe drinking water from Fiji Water, as supplies continue to be disrupted.

Audio: Fiji Water keeps hospital hydrated (Credit: ABC)

11 Dec 2014 description

4 December 2014, Lima, Peru - Climate change has forced the relocation of a whole community in Fiji, costing the government FJD 988,228.89, close to a million dollars. The Fijian village of Vunidogoloa was the first to be relocated this year under the country's climate change programme as climate change impacts have resulted in seawater flowing into the village compound at high tide, damaging homes and crops.

11 Dec 2014 description

Labasa, Fiji. The first-ever “climate-proof” landfill in the Pacific designed to better withstand natural hazards and to manage waste produced during disasters, was reopened to the public after rehabilitation on 22 November 2014. Permanent Secretary of Fiji’s Ministry of Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Mr Samuela Namosimalua, officially opened the landfill.

11 Dec 2014 description
report Government of Fiji

In just four days since a major landslide washed away two main trunk lines in the Savura Hills that supplied water to most of the population areas in Suva, initial repairs have been completed and water is beginning to flow back into the city.

The damage resulted in 112,000 customers without water over four days and a major accelerated undertaking by the WAF team to restore the pipes and stabilize the area where the landslide occurred.

11 Dec 2014 description

Fiji's Colonial War Memorial Hospital is facing major disruption to services due to a major water supply problem.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

08 Dec 2014 description

Two people are dead after significant flooding in Fiji over the weekend washed away roads and damaged a major water treatment plant that supplies potable water to most of the capital, Suva.

The two men died in separate incidents while reportedly trying to cross flooded rivers on Fiji's biggest island, Viti Levu.

Police reiterated warnings for people not to cross rivers, and reminded people to be vigilant and cautious around flooded areas.

08 Dec 2014 description
report Government of Fiji

The Fijian Government is coordinating with relevant agencies to address flooding in the Central Division caused recently by heavy rainfall.

Two evacuation centres have been activated in parts of the Central Division including Namalata District School. Fijians living in Sakawasa village in Tailevu are using the Lodoni vilage and church as an evacuation centre.

08 Dec 2014 description

Road workers in Fiji are starting to clear slips on the Kings Road following severe flooding in the central division around Suva, that caused at least one death.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

28 Nov 2014 description

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has ratified an international treaty which enables the country to access a global gene pool of more than 1.6 million plants that belong to the most important food crops.

The Pacific Island nation has become the 132nd Contracting Party to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture through support from the treaty Secretariat, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

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.