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26 Oct 2016 description

SUVA, 26 October 2016 – Pacific countries have pledged to step up efforts to deal with the challenge posed by climate change and the threat of disasters, in order to ensure that their development is sustainable.

In a joint declaration wrapping up the three-day Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management, hosted by Fiji, the 17 countries reaffirmed their commitment to build a stronger and more resilient region in the face of rising climate impacts.

26 Oct 2016 description

Globally averaged CO2 levels reach 400 parts per million in 2015

High greenhouse gas levels mark start of new era of climate reality

Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached the symbolic and significant milestone of 400 parts per million for the first time in 2015 and surged again to new records in 2016 on the back of the very powerful El Niño event, according to the World Meteorological Organization's annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.

25 Oct 2016 description

Asia: Catching the wave of success

As the highest performing region under the Millennium Development Goals, Asia has much to shout about. Among other notable achievements, poverty has been slashed by more than two-thirds, great strides have been made in the delivery of healthcare, and primary school enrolments have surged.

The results are remarkable for a continent that is the largest on earth and home to more than half the world’s population.

24 Oct 2016 description

Who are the regional Pacific Food Security Cluster?
What do we do?

WHO: The Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster (rPFSC) is composed of a cluster support team, consisting of specialists in Cluster Coordination and Information Management.

The Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster is led at the global and regional level by FAO and WFP, two U.N. agencies with a mandate and expertise in the food security sector.

21 Oct 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week: o None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o Grenada

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o None

20 Oct 2016 description

PORT MORESBY – The World Food Programme announced that it has concluded its food distributions in Papua New Guinea, having reached over 246,000 people in the highlands as well as Western and Milne Bay Provinces. These areas are recovering from the most severe El Niño–related drought in decades.

20 Oct 2016 description

Heavy rain in the highlands of Papua New Guinea has destroyed bridges and roads isolating a large number of rural communities.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

20 Oct 2016 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting the northern and central areas of the country over the past few days causing floods and landslides. Approx. 61 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in Wewak city (East Sepik province) over 17-18 October.

  • Local media, as of 19 October early morning (UTC), reported that three people have gone missing, at least 50 houses have been damaged and traffic has been disrupted in the provinces of Morobe and Jiwaka.

18 Oct 2016 description

By Joy Kisselpar

Seven people have died in flash flooding in a mountainous part of Papua New Guinea, local authorities reported.

Heavy rains over the weekend caused floods all over the province and cut a major road link to PNG's second-largest city Lae.

On Sunday, two men, two women and a five-year-old boy drowned in the Watut River in the Wau-Bulolo District of Morobe Province.

Rescuers have recovered their bodies.

15 Oct 2016 description

In Asia and the Pacific, the consolidation of the Governance and Conflict Prevention work under one cluster has led to a number of regional initiatives with specific focus on peacebuilding including a Regional Project on Supporting Inclusive and Peaceful Societies in Asia Pacific (SIPSAP).

To take stock of the work done at the country level we are pleased to present Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding work in Asia Pacific, a report put together by the Bangkok Regional Hub with inputs from Country Offices engaged in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding.

13 Oct 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week: o None

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o None

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o None

13 Oct 2016 description

A detainee held by Australia in Papua New Guinea says about half of its 900 male detainees take pills every day for mental disorders.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International.

12 Oct 2016 description

Iquitos, Peru, 12 October 2016 – The Asia-Pacific is on the precipice of a disturbing uptick in poverty due to the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters fueled by climate change and their ripple effect on water and food supplies, warn top emergency management officials from APEC member economies.

12 Oct 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP has completed distributions of rice in all areas except Milne Bay Province, where WFP is currently distributing 434 mt rice to 31,000 people.

  • WFP is preparing a Lessons Learned workshop on the El Niño humanitarian response together with the Government, United Nations agencies and other partners. The workshop will take place from 31 October—01 November.

In Numbers

  • 207,000 people in need of food assistance

  • 162,499 people reached in September

  • 4,618 mt of rice distributed

12 Oct 2016 description

A detainee on Manus Island says there'll be more violence between refugees and local people if the government pushes ahead with plans to re-settle asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea.

Read the story here.

12 Oct 2016 description

Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.

11 Oct 2016 description

Les pays en développement ont fait des progrès considérables dans la réduction de la faim depuis 2000. L’Indice de la faim dans le monde 2016 (GHI) montre que le niveau de la faim pour l’ensemble des pays en développement a diminué de 29 %. Mais les progrès ont été inégaux et de grandes disparités persistent entre les régions mondiales, les pays ainsi qu’à l’intérieur des pays.

11 Oct 2016 description

Global Hunger Index: Over 45 Countries on Pace for “Moderate” to “Alarming” Hunger Levels by 2030 UN Deadline OCT 11, 2016

Report Rates Hunger “Serious” or “Alarming” in 50 Countries in 2016

29 Percent Reduction in Global Hunger Index Scores Since 2000

10 Oct 2016 description

The Human Rights Law Centre in Australia said continuing violent attacks against refugees on Manus Island demonstrated Australia's offshore detention centres must close and people detained there should be brought to safety in Australia.

Read more at Radio New Zealand International.

06 Oct 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

  • The investigation by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand confirmed two cases of Zika-related microcephaly on 30 September 2016. This is the first time that Zikarelated microcephaly cases have been confirmed in Southeast Asia. The mothers reported no travel history to areas outside of Thailand.