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26 Jul 2015 description
report Government of Tonga

24 July 2015: The First Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology held here in Nuku’alofa today has adopted 25 points they believe will ensure that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) have the necessary capacity to support sustainable development in the region.

21 Jul 2015 description

The Human Footprint

Human influence on the earth’s land surface is a global driver of ecological processes on the planet, en par with climatic trends, geological forces and astronomical variations. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University joined together to systematically map and measure the human influence on the earth’s land surface today.

21 Jul 2015 description

Annual Precipitation

This map shows the average amount of precipitation falling in a year, based on approximately 50 years of data. The figures shown do not therefore represent the amount of precipitation that may occur in any given year.

21 Jul 2015 description

Population Density

Using an innovative approach with GIS and remote sensing, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory LandScanTM is the community standard for global population distribution. At approximately 1 km resolution LandScan is the finest resolution global population distribution data available and represents an ambient population (average over 24 hours).

21 Jul 2015 description

Maximum Temperature

Temperatures in the Asia-Pacific region can go very high with central India reaching 50oC or more. The Tibetan plateau rarely exceeds 20oC because of its high elevation.

These temperatures are based on average highs over a period of approximately 50 years. Maximum temperatures in the region may therefore be from different months of the year and a temperature in any given location may exceed these maximums.

21 Jul 2015 description

Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification

The highly referenced climate classification map of Wladimir Köppen was published for the first time in 1900 and updated in its latest version by Rudolf Geiger in 1961.

Climate classification is applied to a broad range of topics in climate and climate change research as well as in physical geography, hydrology, agriculture, biology and educational aspects.

15 Jul 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Guam
  • Influenza-like illness: Kiribati, New Zealand
  • Prolonged Fever:Nauru
  • Other updates

Chikungunya

  • Chikungunya outbreak is on-going in Cook Islands and Marshall Islands.
  • Cook Islands have reported a total of 754 cases since October 2014, including 13 new cases in the week ending on July 5 2015.

Dengue

15 Jul 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Palau
  • Diarrhoea: Federated states of Micronesia
  • Influenza-like illness: Kiribati
  • Prolonged Fever: Kiribati

Other updates

Chikungunya

Chikungunya outbreak is on-going in Cook Islands and Marshall Islands. Cook Islands have reported a total of 741 cases since October 2014, including 15 new cases in the week ending on June 21 2015.

Dengue

10 Jul 2015 description

Foreign Minister Murray McCully met with President Waqa of Nauru in Sydney yesterday and today to express New Zealand’s concerns over reported violations of civil and political rights.

“My meetings with President Waqa provided an opportunity to raise New Zealand’s concerns about the suspension of opposition Members of Parliament, and the alleged removal of civil and political rights. I also raised directly the cancellation of Roland Kun’s passport, given his close connection to New Zealand,” Mr McCully says.

10 Jul 2015 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Regional Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

02 Jul 2015 description
report Voice of America

Phil Mercer

CHRISTCHURCH— Just over four years ago, New Zealand suffered one of its most catastrophic earthquakes. In February 2011, a magnitude 6.3 tremor shook the city of Christchurch. More than 180 people died. In the years since, authorities have made great efforts to make the city resistant to future tremors – and their work is now slowly taking shape.

More than 1,000 buildings have been demolished in the center of Christchurch since the earthquake struck in February 2011, and the major reconstruction phase is well underway.

30 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

  • The pace of general and food inflation in the region slowed in May increasing 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively.

  • In Afghanistan, greater internal displacements of food insecure populations are expected in the coming winter because of insufficient food availability and barriers to food access.

  • Stabilization policy efforts in India continue to mitigate the price volatility of vegetables, in particular for onion and potato.

30 Jun 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Federated states of Micronesia
  • Influenza-like illness: Kiribati, Tonga
  • Prolonged Fever:Kiribati, Tonga
  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

Other updates

Chikungunya

30 Jun 2015 description

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced a $26 million package, aimed at helping the tourism sector in Vanuatu recover following Cyclone Pam.

“Tourism accounts for 20 per cent of the Vanuatu economy and employs 26 per cent of the labour force. Getting the tourism sector back up a running is vital to Vanuatu’s long-term recovery from Cyclone Pam,” Mr McCully says.

30 Jun 2015 description

New Zealand in a good position to raise development aid ambitions

23/06/2015 - New Zealand is a valued development partner for its small island neighbours, delivering aid effectively and using its experience of natural disasters to help manage risks in the region. It complements its development assistance by using liberal trade and employment systems to support poor countries, according to the OECD’s latest Peer Review of New Zealand.

30 Jun 2015 description

Elevation and Bathymetry

The region is home to the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in China) at 8,848m, as well as the deepest surveyed point in the oceans,
Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench at 10,911m.

30 Jun 2015 description

OCHA in the Pacific

The Pacific is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. Small, vulnerable island states are isolated by vast expanses of ocean. They experience frequent and intense disasters with disproportionately high economic, social and environmental consequences.

In 1999, OCHA established a Regional Office for the Pacific to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors

30 Jun 2015 description

Regional Partnerships

The Asia-Pacific region contains a diverse array of cultures, environments, and societies. One of the fastest growing economic regions in the world, it is also the most disaster-prone. While natural disasters affect the region frequently, as this region continues along its path of development, regional partnerships will be essential in developing the capacities of countries to reduce risk and vulnerability and to respond to disasters.

20 Jun 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

INCHEON, 20 June 2015 – New Zealand has signalled its strong commitment to adopt a ‘whole of society approach’ to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Minister of Civil Defence, the Hon. Nikki Kaye, told senior figures from central and local government, NGOs, research institutes, universities, the emergency services, community groups and the private sector that the country is “breaking new ground, which means other countries such as Australia and Italy are looking at us”.

16 Jun 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Pitcairn Islands, Tonga
  • Influenza-like illness: American Samoa, Pitcairn Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu
  • Prolonged Fever:Pitcairn Islands, Tonga

Other updates

Chikungunya