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Climate change optimism after Cartagena Dialogue in Majuro

The Cartagena Dialogue climate talks have wrapped up in Majuro, with optimism that world leaders will work together towards new climate objectives in lieu of the UN Climate Summit in New York this September.

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Holding talks in a place like Marshall Islands allows delegates to see for themselves the damaging effects of rising sea levels.

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New reservoir increases water security on Majuro

Majuro, the main atoll in the Marshall Islands, witnessed the opening of its newly renovated reservoir on 2nd April, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the nation’s president Christopher Loeak. The opening represented the culmination of several years’ work by the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project and partners, which aimed at increasing the resilience of the atoll nation to the impacts of climate change.

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Marshall Islands already in climate change distress - Loeak

The President of Marshall Islands, Christopher Loeak, has delivered a powerful opening address at the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action on climate change in Majuro.

President Loeak described his own country as a nation in distress and painted a graphic picture of the impact that global warming is already having.

He criticised big countries for backsliding on their international commitments and urged them to ensure that their leaders attend the UN meeting on climate change in New York later this year.

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Vanuatu + 8 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 25 - 31 March 2014

In Vanuatu, 11 fatalities have been confirmed after flash floods and landslides. In Sri Lanka, drought affecting 247,000 families prompts preparations for a needs assessment.

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Majuro hosting major climate change talks

Just three weeks ago Marshall Islands was hit by its worst king tides in more than 30 years, the capital Majuro was flooded for the third time in the last 12 months. .

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Not ideal preparation, but perhaps more than appropriate as the country prepares to host the latest meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action.

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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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Tonga + 5 others
Disaster Insurance on the Agenda in the Pacific

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NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga, March 24, 2014 --- Representatives of Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu attended a regional workshop last week on 20-21 March in Tonga to discuss the future of Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance (DRFI) in the region. The workshop was opened by Tonga’s Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. ‘Asiake Valu Eke and closed by Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Samiu Vaipulu and His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan to Tonga.

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Japan funds more water-making equipment for Marshall Islands

Japan is to provide the Marshall Islands with another large grant for water-making equipment.

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In celebration of World Water Day – adapting to climate change through better water management

As the world observes World Water Day on 21 March this year, six projects under the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) programme have their own good reasons for celebrating. Each has contributed to major improvements in their nation’s water management, making their communities much more resilient to the future climate.

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Vanuatu + 5 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 11 - 17 March 2014

There were 10 confirmed fatalities and two people missing after Tropical Cyclone Lusi hit Vanuatu. Elsewhere, King Tides affected Majuro and communities on four outer islands.

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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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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.

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Marshall Islands hit by King Tides as it prepares to host global climate meeting

The Republic of the Marshall Islands was hit by devastating King Tides earlier this week as it prepares to host the next meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action, a unique coalition of developed and developing countries working to secure an ambitious global climate treaty in 2015.

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Republic of the Marshall Islands: King Tide Impacts, 3 & 4 March 2014

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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.

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President Loeak donates food and water to families affected by king tides

President Loeak and First Lady Lieom Anono Loeak, were joined by Cabinet Members, Minister Phillip Muller, Minister Hilda C. Heine, and Minister Michael Konelios, in delivering food and water supplies to families who were affected by the King Tides that struck the northeast parts of the Capital, Majuro, on the early morning hours of Monday, March 3, 2014.

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Hundreds return home following flooding in Marshall Islands

Hundreds of people in the Marshall Islands' capital of Majuro who sought temporary shelter after severe flooding have now returned home.

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Philippines + 14 others
Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin 2013

The year was marked by 137 natural disasters in the region, compared with 93 separate events in 2012. The number of people killed by disasters was almost six times higher.

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