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Pacific Islands Humanitarian Bulletin, July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• El Niño alert issued, with meteorologists estimating a 70 per cent chance of event developing by late 2014.

• OCHA and the Pacific Humanitarian Team responded to five emergencies between November 2013 and May 2014.

• Recovery efforts in cyclone-affected Tonga include a cash-for-work programme focusing on food security and debris management.

• A study of the Pacific Humanitarian Team response in the Solomon Islands finds coordination support appreciated, but improved communication and assessments needed.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Fiji + 12 others
USAID Rolls Out Pacific-American Climate Fund in Apia

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a workshop for select civil society, academic and private sector organizations on Wednesday, July 16 to announce the five-year, USD $24-million Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Center.

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World + 3 others
Climate Change Matters Issue 25 —July 2014

Inside This Issue

Director’s note 2

Pacific Pilot Project on Climate Resilience and the Regional Technical Support Mechanism 3

Pacific to have very first Joint Regional Climate and Disaster Resilience Plan 3

Fourth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4

PACC lays knowledge foundations for climate change adaptation in the Pacific 5

Pacific featured at International Capacity Development Forum 6

Low Carbon Development planned for the Pacific region 6

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Kiribati to host climate change meeting of atoll island nations

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By Online Editor 12:46 pm GMT+12, 03/07/2014, Kiribati Kiribati is set to host a climate change meeting next week of atoll nations to consolidate their stance as frontline and most vulnerable states in the face of climate change, according to a report from the Office of the President in Tarawa.

For these frontline nations, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu, climate change is an issue of security and survival.

They are meeting under an affiliation known as the Coalition of Atoll Nations on Climate Change (CANCC).

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FEATURE: Should international refugee law accommodate climate change?

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UN News Service

The short answer is no. The more considered response raises questions about how much political will there is for a discussion that UN experts say was unimaginable a few decades ago.

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New approach to aid in Abaiang, Kiribati

Aid projects sometimes take a piecemeal approach to tackling problems in communities but SPREP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, is working on a "whole of island" project in Abaiang in Kiribati.

The atoll is just north of north of the Equator, and the outer island closest to the capital of Tarawa is home to more than 5,000 -- the fourth largest population of any atoll in the nation.

It has all the problems of a coral island with a large population, a water supply under threat of salt invasion and poor soil for agriculture.

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World + 5 others
Learning about climate change the Pacific way

Children across the Pacific are set to receive a visual learning aid that will help them understand climate change processes and encourage them to get active in adaptation and mitigation. A new picture-based education resource called ‘Learning about Climate Change the Pacific Way’ has been produced for students, teachers and facilitators. It includes posters and country-specific teacher guides that illustrate and explain key concepts such as climate, the causes and effects of climate change, and adaptation and mitigation options for Pacific Islands.

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President of Kiribati Anote Tong on climate change: "It's too late for us" on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Anote Tong, President of Kiribati. Tong speaks with Fareed about how climate change is critically effecting the island nation, and what role America plays in the debate.

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Declaration : Sixieme session de la Plateforme oceanienne pour la gestion des risques de catastrophe ; La voie a suivre, vers un developpement resilient aux risques climatiques et aux catastrophes dans le Pacifique, 2 - 4 juin, Suva (Fidji)

NOUS, représentants des États et Territoires insulaires océaniens1 , du Timor-Leste, des organisations de la société civile, des organisations régionales et des partenaires du développement présents à la sixième session de la Plateforme océanienne pour la gestion des risques de catastrophe, tenue à Suva (Fidji), du 2 au 4 juin 2014 ;

CONSCIENTS des défis à relever pour renforcer la résilience aux risques climatiques et aux catastrophes en Océanie, tout en inscrivant la région dans une logique de développement durable ;

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Meeting Statement: Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management; The Way Forward: Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific, 2-4 June 2014, Suva, Fiji

WE, the representatives of Pacific Island Countries and Territories , Timor Leste, civil society organisations, regional organisations and development partners attending the Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management in Suva, 2-4 June 2014;

MINDFUL, of the challenge of strengthening the climate and disaster resilience of the Pacific islands region in the context of sustainable development;

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Climate Change Matters Issue 24 —June 2014

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Director‟s Note 2

About us 2

Tokelau wins EECA Renewable Energy Award 2014 3

Raise your hands for a better future in Abaiang, Kiribati 3

COSPPac officially releases Real-Time Data Display 4

South-West Pacific Regional Association Meets 4

Pacific will join UN Climate Negotiations in Bonn 4

Samoa Launch of the Fifth Assessment Climate Change Reports 5

Climate-proof road opens in Kosrae, FSM 5

SIDS Dock nearing formalisation as an international organisation 6

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Kiribati completes Fiji land purchase

Kiribati has made the final payment on land in Fiji in its bid to enhance its economic and social resilience to the effects of climate change.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Climate change gets more funding than food security in Pacific

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6:22 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2014, Ethiopia

Reports by PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula in Addis Ababa

Climate Change in the Pacific receives more funding from donors than food security, according to a regional government official.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)’s Food Security Technical officer, Gibson Susumu said there is a need for climate change and food security to be given same priority in terms of funding.

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Fiji + 9 others
Interview: “Even small disasters can overwhelm small-island economies”

Ms. Osnat Lubrani is the United Nations Resident Coordinator of the UN multi-country office in Fiji. The office covers 10 Pacific Island countries: Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Bangladesh + 9 others
From Pakistan to Samoa: Including the most vulnerable in disaster preparedness

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Malteser

Focus on people with disabitlities in disaster risk reduction programs in 10 Asian countries

Asia-Pacific is the world’s most vulnerable region for natural disasters and extreme weather events. Every year, hurricanes and floods in those regions bring death and destruction, affecting hundreds of thousands. Although disasters affect all population groups, it is the most vulnerable among them that suffer the greatest burden: persons with disabilities.

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Water in Kiritimati: one step forward with EU Support

On 26 April 2014, Mr. Andris Piebalgs European Commissioner for Development, Mr. Tererei Aruee, Officer in Charge, Ministry of Line and Phoenix Islands Development, Government of Kiribati, and Mr. George Beck, representing the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), inaugurated the office for the EUR 4.8 million ‘Improving Drinking Water Supply in Kiritimati Island’ project.

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Kiribati looking at all options

Kiribati is facing stark choices with its overcrowded and under-nourished Tarawa Atoll, and says it is still finding its way through a climate change minefield, as rising sea levels and land erosion threaten its population.

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US government to launch grant facility to support climate change initiatives in the Pacific Islands region

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) in Suva on March 26 to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.

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Economic Costs of Inadequate Water and Sanitation - South Tarawa, Kiribati

Poor Water Supply and Sanitation Impose High Costs on Kiribati - Report

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene in South Tarawa, Kiribati’s main urban center, have been estimated to impose economic costs of between A$3.7- $7.3 million per year, equivalent to 2-4% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product in 2013, according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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