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New Zealand Red Cross responds to drought in Tonga

New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga.

Low rainfall in Tonga over the past three months has resulted in extremely low water levels, particularly in the Ha’apai islands,which are still recovering from Tropical Cyclone Ian, which damaged homes and infrastructure, including water tanks and water collection systems.

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The LDS church begins to build 114 houses destroyed in Ha'apai

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tonga is starting to rebuild 114 houses that were destroyed by Cyclone Ian earlier this year.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

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Assemblée générale: sur fond d’appels vibrants au multilatéralisme, le Chef de la diplomatie russe dénonce la polarisation de la scène internationale

AG/11564

Assemblée générale
Soixante-neuvième session
15e & 16e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi

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World + 18 others
Unparalleled Global Pressures Tempered in General Assembly Debate by Appeals to Forge Bonds with Neighbours, Mitigate Man-Made, Natural Disasters

GA/11564

Sixty-ninth General Assembly
Plenary
14th & 15th Meetings (AM & PM)

Amid growing global tensions and turmoil, fostering neighbourly relations was vital to national development and prosperity and in keeping with the “surge of democracy” spreading throughout the world, the General Assembly heard today as debate continued into the weekend.

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Malaysia + 12 others
Dengue Situation Update, 09 September 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacifc Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

As of 3 September 2014 a total of 134 cases of dengue reported in Japan. Local transmision of dengue:

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Vanuatu + 10 others
The Pacific - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 19 September 2014)

Normal to below normal rainfall is evident in many Pacific Island countries with the signs of El Niño development, while measles and chikungunya outbreaks are reported in the region.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Climate Update for Tonga: August 2014 Climate Summary, Rainfall Outlook and Drought Update for October - December 2014

August Climate in Brief

 CONSERVE WATER!
 Water conservation measures is recommended to be taken as much as possible across the country.
 The rainfall for August was very low in Tongatapu and below normal in Vavaú, Haápai and Niuafoou
 The rainfall outlook for the October to December 2014 period is for normal to below normal across the country .
 El Niño development remains possible during the coming months.

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Current Conditions

Drought Update

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More help needed for Tonga's dry Ha'apai

Emergency officials in Tonga may use a Defence Service patrol boat to get assistance to the drought-stricken Ha'apai islands.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Why gender disaster data matters: ‘In some villages, all the dead were women’

Report
Guardian

Data on the 2004 tsunami found that women were more affected than men. It’s time to recognise gender in disaster response

Philippa Ross in Suva

Disasters triggered by climate change are not blind to gender and age. They affect men and women, the old and the young, very differently. Sex and age are some of the most powerful indicators of how individuals will experience a disaster: who survives and who dies. Despite this, we have worryingly little data on the issue.

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IFRC and SPREP sign partnership to improve climate information and reduce disaster risk for Pacific Islanders

4 September, 2014 Apia, Samoa - Today the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) signed a historic partnership agreement that aims to improve the way in which weather and climate information is delivered, understood and acted on, by communities living with the everyday impacts of climate change.

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SIDS challenged to invest in climate services

By PACNEWS Editor Makereta Komai in Samoa

Leaders of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been challenged to priorities investment in their meteorology and climate services because the end profit saves lives and properties.

That’s the advice of Cuba’s Weather Forecasting Services director, Dr Jose Rubeira, whose 20 years experience and strategies have saved thousands of lives and millions of dollars in economic losses.

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Malaysia + 13 others
Dengue Situation Update, 26 August 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Malaysia

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 16 August:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 62,860

  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 126

    Philippines

    The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 2 August (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 41,973

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Construction begins on coastal protection measures in Tonga

A ground-breaking ceremony was held in the community of Talafo’ou in eastern Tongatapu on 15 August to celebrate the beginning of a project that will contribute to protecting vulnerable coastal communities (Talafo’ou, Manuka, Makaunga, Kolonga, Navutoka and Nukuleka) from the impacts of climate change, especially sea-level rise. Interventions in these coastal communities have been prioritised under Tonga’s Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management, 2010–2015.

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PROE Rapport annuel 2013

Message du Président

L’année écoulée a été synonyme d’avancée pour le PROE, et les Membres comme le Secrétariat peuvent s’enorgueillir à juste titre des progrès et des réalisations accomplis.

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SPREP Annual Report 2013

SPREP launches 2013 Annual Report

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is pleased to advise that the 2013 SPREP Annual Report is now available online. In 2013 SPREP celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the SPREP Treaty, which established the Secretariat as an autonomous body.

Mr David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP explains that there was a lot to celebrate during this anniversary year:

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Swamped by Rising Seas, Small Islands Seek a Lifeline

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 11 2014 (IPS) - The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), some in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth because of sea-level rise triggered by climate change, will be the focus of an international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month.

Scheduled to take place Sep. 1-2, the conference will provide world leaders with “a first-hand opportunity to experience climate change and poverty challenges of small islands.”

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Tonga + 1 other
Information Department receives new equipment from Chinese Embassy

12 August 2014 The Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Samiu Kuita Vaipulu, this morning received new equipment for Information Department of the Ministry of Environment, Energy, Climate Change, Disaster Management, Meteorology, Information and Communications (MEECCDMMIC) as gift from the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Tonga, HE Huang Huaguang.

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Solomon Islands + 4 others
The Pacific - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 30 Jun 2014)

OVERVIEW

The Pacific Region had five major emergencies in the 2013-2014 cyclone season. There were two severe cyclone events, one in Palau and the other in Tonga. A third cyclone is Vanuatu, caused a high loss of life across affected communities despite its reduced intensity. There was flash flooding in the Solomon Islands from a tropical depression and king tides in the Marshall Islands. This snapshot provides brief overview key statistics of the season

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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El Nino Advisory No.1 for Tonga

Summary

Based on the global climate models and assessments of the Tonga’s current climate regime there is at least a 50% chance of a El Niño developing by September or October 2014. The effects of El Nino on Tonga usually include cooler night time temperatures, lower rainfall during the rainy season, and more tropical cyclones.

What is El Nino?

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PACC Technical Report No. 7 – Design for improved water supply and water management in Hihifo district, Tonga

The PACC Technical Report series is a collection of the technical knowledge generated by the various PACC activities at both national and regional level. The reports are aimed at climate change adaptation practitioners in the Pacific region and beyond, with the intention of sharing experiences and lessons learned from the diverse components of the PACC programme. The technical knowledge is also feeding into and informing policy processes within the region.