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US Government Launches Grant Program to Support Climate Change Initiatives in the Pacific Islands Region

The U.S. Government today launched the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund in Suva to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.

The US$24-million (approx. FJ$44 million) grant program will provide grants to qualifying civil society organizations (CSOs) which will implement climate change adaptation activities in twelve countries in the Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

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World + 20 others
Climate change threatening small island countries and posing a danger to food security in landlocked states

Mongolia Ministry of Industry and Agriculture convenes high-level forum to discuss remedial action – 10 Government Ministers attend

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 12 Mar 2014 -- While the environments of small islands in the Pacific and landlocked countries with no access to the sea may seem polar opposites, they share common problems that need collaborative efforts to address and resolve if food security is to be guaranteed for future generations, a specially convened meeting in the Mongolian capital has heard.

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Pacific dengue outbreak unprecedented - SPC

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community, or SPC, says the number of dengue fever outbreaks in the region over the past year is unprecedented, and the reason for the increase in cases is unknown.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Fiji + 14 others
European Union and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) sign a €35.5 (FJ$90.8) million financing agreement on climate change and sustainable energy

The programme will help 15 Pacific countries to address three main challenges: adapting to climate change; reducing their reliance on fossil fuels; and capacity building.

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Marshall Islands + 13 others
Pacific Regional Office Development Operational Report Quarter 3 & 4 2013 (MAA55001)

Key Accomplishments:

o The adoption of the Marshall Island Red Cross Act by parliament heralded the formation of a new Red Cross National Society.

o With the establishment of a sub-regional office in the northern Pacific, the regional office is now better placed to provide closer more tailored support to national societies in Palau, FSM and RMI.

o Completion of the Pacific Governance Enhancement Programme formative evaluation and endorsement from all Pacific members to continue the programme.

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Philippines + 9 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 11-17 February 2014

1 PHILIPPINES

It has been over three months since Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines killing over 6,200 people, with nearly 1,800 individuals still missing. Humanitarian and early recovery activities are ongoing in a variety of locations. The Strategic Response Plan for Typhoon Haiyan remains only 45% funded.

Source: OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin No. 1

2 PHILIPPINES

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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World + 7 others
WHO warns dengue outbreaks may not be over yet

The World Health Organisation is warning there may still be spikes in the number of cases of dengue fever in the Pacific this season before the weather starts to cool in April.

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 12 February 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Malaysia and Singapore have been experiencing a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend increased in Australia and New Caledonia, however, reported cases remained lower than 2013, for the same time period, particularly in New Caledonia. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia,
Lao PDR, Philippines and Viet Nam.

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Samoa + 9 others
Saving lives Changing minds : #7 Aug 2013 - Jan 2014

A message from the International Federation Dear partners,

Welcome to the 7th external edition of Saving Lives Changing Minds. In this edition you will read about the work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (the Movement) in the Pacific over the last six months – from disaster response to water and sanitation, first aid, community health and the empowerment of young women.

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 28 January 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Malaysia and Singapore experienced more than a two-fold greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Australia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Philippines and Viet Nam, and remains low in New Caledonia.

Lao PDR experienced a large dengue year in 2013, peaking in August 2013. However, in early 2014, dengue activity remains low, and substantially lower than during the same time period in 2013.

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 15 January 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Lao PDR, Malaysia, Singapore and New Caledonia experienced a two-fold or greater number of reported cases in 2013 than 2012 for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Australia, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Philippines, and remains low in New Caledonia. French Polynesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Viet Nam however, continue to report sustained dengue activity.

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World + 21 others
Technical paper: The risk of disaster-induced displacement - South Pacific island states

A new paper aims to assess the risk of disaster-induced displacement in 21 island states in the South Pacific to guide development and preparedness planning.

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Cook Islands + 16 others
Traditional Knowledge for Adapting to Climate Change

Introduction

Strengthening resilience to natural disasters and combating climate change through culture Pacific islanders have been dealing with a changing environment for centuries.

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World + 16 others
Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan: A guide to inter-agency humanitarian action in the Pacific

The Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan aims to provide more support to Pacific Island governments to minimise the consequences of disasters.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Palau + 2 others
Pacific: Humanitarians prepare for more extreme weather events

The region is among the most vulnerable to climate change. Closer collaboration is needed to break down silos between climate science, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Palau + 1 other
OCHA Flash Update #4 FSM & Palau | Tropical Storm Haiyan (31W)

This is OCHA Flash Update #4 on Super Typhoon Haiyan in relation to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Palau, and covers the period from 8 to 11 November 2013.

Palau

On Friday 8 November, the President of Palau declared a state of emergency for a period of 10 days to mobilize Government ministries and divert activities to response and recovery efforts.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.