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19 Mar 2015 description

BUKA - PORT-MORESBY - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Papua New Guinea organized a three-day workshop for women seeking to contest the upcoming 2015 General Elections in Bougainville.

Over 25 women candidates and their respective campaign managers bringing the total number of participants to 50, representing different districts of Bougainville, participated in the training. The workshop focused on providing information on legal and institutional framework of the elections, articulating specific constrains and opportunities.

19 Mar 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

  • Diarrhoea: Tonga

  • Influenza-like illness: French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Tonga, Tuvalu

  • Prolonged Fever: Tonga

Other updates:

Tropical Cyclone Pam

18 Mar 2015 description

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Hon. Peter O'Neill CMG MP, has announced the provision of disaster relief and recovery funding for Pacific Islands that have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

In the lead-up to announcing the Government action, the Prime Minister was briefed by disaster management and Foreign Affairs officials following an initial assessment of requirements in affected countries, and the funding allocated.

18 Mar 2015 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The National Societies of Kiribati, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), are monitoring the situation closely. The IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) has been mobilised to support the National Societies of Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Solomon Islands in the implementation of respective Emergency Plans of Action.

18 Mar 2015 description

The Prime Minister has announced that the Government has approved 10 million Kina in disaster relief funding for six provinces that have sustained extensive damage during recent extreme weather.

In making the announcement, the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O'Neill CMG MP, said millions of people across Papua New Guinea have been affected and a number of lives lost due to extreme weather.

"The extent of the damage in many areas of Papua New Guinea has never been seen before," PM O'Neil said.

17 Mar 2015 description

Tonga and Papua New Guinea have signed a key international treaty that promotes sustainable global food security.

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is vital in ensuring continued availability of plant genetic resources that countries rely on to feed their people, allowing future generations to access the genetic diversity that is essential for food and agriculture.

16 Mar 2015 description

Arawa, March 16, 2015 – Tulele Peisa, a community-based organization working on resettling Cartaret Islanders threatened by rising sea levels, received Equator Prize award from the UN head in PNG. The event took place in Arawa and is a follow up to a global award ceremony that took place in New York last year.

16 Mar 2015 description

International aid agencies are deploying emergency response teams to support relief efforts on the ground already assisting nations devastated by Tropical Cyclone Pam in the Pacific.

Read more on the OCHA website.

16 Mar 2015 description

Port Moresby, 16 March 2015 - The United Nations through the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Papua New Guinea will support the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) in carrying out the upcoming elections through “Support of the 2015 Bougainville General Elections” initiative.

The new initiative launched in March 2015 is a follow-up to the request of the Government of PNG and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for UN-backed electoral support to the general elections in Bougainville scheduled to take place in May-June 2015.

13 Mar 2015 description

Suva, Fiji March 13 - As Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, Tropical Storm Bavi and Cyclone Nathan make their way across the Pacific, the Red Cross is working with both communities and local authorities to prepare for what could become an unprecedented relief response.

“Cyclone Pam on its own has the capacity to do immense damage, but now with Bavi and Nathan, we could be looking at one of the biggest Pacific responses in recent memory,” says Aurelia Balpe, head of delegation for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the Pacific.

13 Mar 2015 description

Vanuatu - As a massive typhoon bears down on the tiny Pacific nation of Vanuatu, IOM has joined the emergency team set up to respond in case of a severe disaster.

Typhoon Pam, one of four major weather systems in the Pacific, has developed into a Category 5 storm, packing winds of over 250 kilometers per hour. As at 14:00 local time on Friday (GMT +11) it was already affecting the northern part of the island chain and a red alert has been issued for all provinces, according to IOM’s representative Dr. Lesi Korovavala.

13 Mar 2015 description
report Caritas Australia

Communities in Vanuatu are bracing themselves for the largest cyclone to hit the country. Early this morning Tropical Cyclone Pam intensified to a Category 5 “super cyclone”. Super Cyclone Pam is currently moving slowly south towards Vanuatu, with winds of about 215km p/h. The storm is expected to reach winds of up to 280km p/h near the centre by 8pm when it passes east of Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila.

13 Mar 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute fever and rash: French Polynesia, Kiribati, Tuvalu
  • Diarrhoea: Tonga
  • Influenza-like illness: Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tonga
  • Prolonged Fever: New Caledonia, Palau, Tonga

Other updates:

Chikungunya

12 Mar 2015 description

As the world marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the international roadmap for gender equality, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is proud to release the Pacific regional report on progress made since 1995.

Launched overnight at a side event during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, the Beijing+20 report is one of the most significant reports released in recent years highlighting progress and setbacks in 16 Pacific Island countries and territories.

11 Mar 2015 description

The disaster preparedness and response from the Papua New Guinea government has been criticised again after another province was struck by the worst flooding in 20 years.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.