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13 Oct 2015 description

Lima - Finance Ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20), representing close to 700 million people threatened by climate change and spanning world regions, held their inaugural meeting on 8 October 2015 in Lima, Peru. They announced a series of actions to foster greater investment in climate resiliency and low emissions development at home and internationally.

13 Oct 2015 description

In this issue you will find the following articles:

· Welcome to new staff

· SPC supports response to TC Pam in Vanuatu

· Federated States of Micronesia reviews management lessons from typhoons disaster risk

· New Pacific fire reduction strategy developed at the Pacific Islands Fire and Emergency Service Association meeting

· Pacific Islands at the World Conference for DRR in Japan

· New tools to increase resilience of Pacific Island countries to natural disasters

12 Oct 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Cook Islands, Guam

  • Influenza-Like illness: Guam, Nauru, Tonga

Other updates


  • Tuvalu: Seven samples sent to the Institut Lois Malarde, French Polynesia have tested RT-PCR positive for Chikungunya.

  • As of 27 September 2015; there have been 1317 cases since February 2015 in Marshall Islands. There were 3 cases for the month of September. The number of cases is decreasing.


09 Oct 2015 description

Operation Summary

March-April 2015: Tropical Cyclone Pam developed in the East of Solomon Islands on 6 March and gained strength as it moved south towards Vanuatu. Heavy rain, strong winds and sea swell, combined with king tides, caused widespread coastal flooding and wind damage. Pam hit Vanuatu as a Category 5 cyclone on 13 March.

06 Oct 2015 description

At least four million people in the Pacific face hunger, water shortages and risk of disease this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.

02 Oct 2015 description

The monthly climate update for the Pacific says Fiji and Tonga are expected to receive below normal rainfall over the next three months.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

01 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Super El Niño and climate change cause crop failures putting millions at risk of hunger

At least ten million poor people face hunger this year and next due to both droughts and erratic rains influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.

14 Sep 2015 description


New Zealand’s aid programme aims to make a positive difference in people’s lives‚ demonstrated through tangible‚ measurable results. To do this‚ we need a plan that outlines our ambition and focus.

09 Sep 2015 description

The special needs of outer island communities must be considered in the planning and design of climate change adaptation projects.

That was a clear message stressed by participants at the Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Islands States (GCCA: PSIS) project’s ‘lessons learnt’ meeting that recently concluded in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

07 Sep 2015 description

Each year natural and climate change induced disasters displace tens of millions of people across the globe, mostly within their own country but there have been circumstances when people displaced by disasters have had to seek shelter by crossing international borders. Human mobility and cross-border displacement is recognised as a keyhumanitarian issue in this day in age.

04 Sep 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Palau
  • Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Kiribati, Tonga
  • Influenza-Like illness: Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tonga
  • Prolonged Fever: Tonga

Other updates


Outbreak ongoing in French Polynesia with two deaths ( one 5 months old and one 7 months old) – rotavirus has been isolated. The weekly number of cases is increasing. As of week ending 30 August, 47% of the cases were in children less than 4 years of age.


25 Aug 2015 description

The leader of Tuvalu says his country is having to consider buying land in New Zealand and Australia to grow food and prepare the population to migrate as the seas slowly claim the islands.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

17 Aug 2015 description

Last week Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the emissions reduction target that Australia will take to the UN climate conference in Paris later this year.

But will international pledges so far be enough to save small island countries now feeling the direst effects of climate change?

The Pacific island republic of Kiribati is already planning for the relocation its entire population if sea levels continue to rise.

Its president Anote Tong took time out of parliament to speak to The World Today.

17 Aug 2015 description

Floods and landslides affected over 1.3 million people, including 297,000 households displaced in Jul and Aug, according to Government reports. At least 106 people are confirmed dead. The Government, supported by local organisations, UN and INGOs, continues to lead the response, including clean-up, search and rescue and provision of relief assistance.

1.3 million people affected

12 Aug 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Influenza-like illness: Nauru, New Zealand

Other updates


  • Cook Islands have reported a total of 763 cases since October 2014, including 5 new cases in the week ending on 2 August 2015.


  • Outbreaks are occurring in American Samoa (dengue serotype-3) and Samoa (dengue serotype-3).

05 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

SUVA, 5 August 2015 – Kiribati children will be better protected from a potentially killer virus when the small island nation becomes one of the first countries in the Pacific to introduce the rotavirus vaccine.

The Kiribati Ministry of Health and Medical Services announced the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in its routine immunisation schedule today as part of a comprehensive child survival package.

05 Aug 2015 description

This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor updates the 2015 and 2016 GDP growth and inflation projections for ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The policy briefs included in this issue focus on disasters in the Pacific.


Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:

31 Jul 2015 description

United Nations, United States | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 01:40 GMT | 723 words

by André VIOLLAZ

More than a dozen small island nations made an urgent appeal to the UN Security Council Thursday for help in combatting climate change, which they said poses a threat to their very existence.

The Council -- more typically a forum for heated debates on the plight of refugees in Syria or efforts to stem the war in Ukraine -- heard pleas from ministers and ambassadors of diminutive nations like Fiji, Samoa and Caribbean countries like St. Vincent and the Grenadines.