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Fiji + 5 others
Dengue in the Pacific Region Information Bulletin n°1

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation

The Situation

The IFRC’s recently launched advocacy campaign ‘Dengue: Turning up the volume on a silent disaster’ is very timely for the Pacific, where a number of countries have been experiencing increased dengue activity or outbreaks.

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Kiribati Met Services help Tarawa Drought Response Plan

Meteorological Acronym for today: SCOPIC - Seasonal Climate Outlook Software provided by the Climate and Oceans Support Program for the Pacific

3 April 2014, Rarotonga Cook Islands - Endorsed and adopted in 2011, the Tarawa Drought Response Plan was developed to help address dry spells.

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World + 13 others
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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World + 22 others
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs farewells Australian Volunteers for International Development

Senator the Hon Brett Mason farewelled 116 volunteers soon to depart to developing countries, during a reception at Old Parliament House this week.

The group was in Canberra to undergo training and make final preparations for their volunteering assignments.

The volunteers will be placed with host organisations for a period of 12 months to 2 years, and will assist with projects ranging from surf lifesaving training to providing advice in the use of Geographic Information Systems.

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Pacific island states pushed aside in race for UN funds: Kiribati

By Stian Reklev

ULAN BATOR, March 12 (Reuters) - Tiny Pacific island nations, among those hardest hit by climate change, are being outmuscled by larger states in the race to get U.N. funds earmarked for climate change adaptation, Kiribati's agriculture minister said on Wednesday.

Read the full article on Alertnet

Reuters - AlertNet:



For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.trust.org/alertnet

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World + 7 others
Hardship and Vulnerability in the Pacific Island Countries - A Regional Companion to the World Development Report 2014

Report
World Bank

The report aims to help identify how and where hardship and vulnerability are being experienced so that governments and partners can focus resources where they are needed most.

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World + 8 others
Island countries seek ways to better access funds

2 March 2012, Apia, Samoa -- Accessing funds for Climate Change adaptation is a key challenge for the Pacific as knowing where to seek information on the financing available and how to access the funds is not always as cut and dried as it seems.

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Vanuatu + 5 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 4 - 10 March 2014

After tracking away from Vanuatu on 11 March, the cyclone is expected to intensify and continue southeast passing 300-400 km southwest of Fiji, bringing heavy rain.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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OCHA Flash Update 2 - Marshall Islands & Kiribati | King Tides, 7 March 2014

The tidal surges also caused damage to five islands in Kiribati, making access to clean drinking water a key concern as groundwater sources have been contaminated.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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King tides contaminate water, destroy crops in Kiribati

King tides have contaminated water supplies, destroyed crops and infrastructure in low-lying islands.

Four days after kings tides hit the low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati authorities say one of their biggest challenges is getting clean water to affected communities.

The king tides caused widespread inundation on at least five islands and hundreds of people are living in temporary accommodation.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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World + 6 others
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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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 26 February 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Australia, 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 New Caledonia and Lao PDR however, reported cases remained lower than 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia, Philippines and Viet Nam.

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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World + 11 others
Green Economy Transition Promises Multiple Benefits for Small Island States, UN Studies Confirm

On the International Day of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Nairobi, 24 February 2014 –Creating the enabling conditions for a Green Economy transition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)—from improved public investment to reliable market instruments and better governance—will help the estimated 50 million SIDS residents build climate resilience, achieve economic growth and enjoy better standards of living.

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Nauru + 4 others
His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau- Address at a Function on His State Visit to Nauru

2/13/2014
HIS EXCELLENCY RATU EPELI NAILATIKAU
CF, LVO, OBE (MIL), KSTJ, CSM, MSD
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF FIJI

ADDRESS AT A FUNCTION ON HIS STATE VISIT TO NAURU

Menen Hotel
Nauru
Wednesday 12th February 2014
7.00pm

Your Excellency Baron Waqa, President of the Republic of Nauru, The first lady, Madam Louisa Waqa, Honourable Speaker, Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies the High Commissioners and Ambassadors, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

Bula vinaka, good evening and mo yebum

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Kiribati + 1 other
His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau-Address at State Dinner Hosted by the President & First Lady of Kiribati

2/11/2014
HIS EXCELLENCY RATU EPELI NAILATIKAU
CF, LVO, OBE (Mil), KStJ, CSM, MSD
President of the Republic of Fiji

ADDRESS AT STATE DINNER HOSTED BY THE PRESIDENT & FIRST LADY OF KIRIBATI

Tarawa
KIIRIBATI
Monday 10th February 2014
7.00pm

Your Excellency the President, Anote Tong and the First Lady Madam Meme Tong, Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies the High Commissioners and Ambassadors, Members of the Diplomatic Corp, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen

Bula vinaka, good evening and kam na mauri