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24 Sep 2016 description

Wellington, New Zealand | AFP | Saturday 9/24/2016 - 22:42 GMT

A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off Fiji on Sunday shortly after another hit off Tonga but there was no threat of a tsunami, US seismologists said.

The offshore quake occurred at 9:28 am (2128 GMT Saturday), centered around 100 kilometres (62 miles) northeast of the Fijian island of Ndoi at a depth of 594 km, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on its website. 

It came 20 minutes after a 6.3-magnitude quake hit 124 kilometres northwest of Tonga.

22 Sep 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
o Saint Kitts and Nevis

21 Sep 2016 description

27SM Niue News: 2015 SPREP Annual Report is now launched

The SPREP Annual Report for 2015 is now available online having been presented at the 27th SPREP Meeting in Niue on Day one. The Report, available in both English and French outlines the activities and project implemented with members and partners in 2015 as the region strives to achieve the SPREP vision - a Pacific environment that sustains our livelihoods and natural heritage in harmony with our cultures.

19 Sep 2016 description

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has begun building a new laboratory that will enable it to step up its efforts to help countries use nuclear techniques to control insect pests, including mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus and other diseases.

The construction is part of the Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories project (ReNuAL), a plan to begin upgrading the eight IAEA Nuclear Sciences and Applications laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, which opened their doors in 1962.

15 Sep 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

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

o None

 Countries in the Western Pacific Region have been reporting new cases as seen in Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia.

 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

09 Sep 2016 description
report Government of Tonga

09th September 2016 The Tonga Red Cross Society with the assistance of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) is hosting a three-day Emergency Shelter Kit (ESK) training to facilitate the ongoing provisions of shelter assistance after natural disasters.

The training was officially opened by the Minister of Inland Revenue and Customs Hon Tevita Lavemaau yesterday at Tonga’s Red Cross Office in Nuku’alofa.

08 Sep 2016 description

Key Updates

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

o None

 Malaysia, which previously reported Zika infections in 2014, has reported new mosquito-borne Zika virus infections in the past week

 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

06 Sep 2016 description
report Oxfam

Executive Summary

Pacific island countries are working hard to address the escalating realities of climate change, including the impact on land, livelihoods, and on the food and water security of their most vulnerable communities. The need for accessible, predictable, adequate and appropriate financial support to meet the climate crisis is urgent and growing.

25 Aug 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

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

  • 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:

  • Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Haiti

24 Aug 2016 description
report Government of Tonga

24th August 2016 The Chief Executive Officer of Climate Change under the Ministry of MEIDECC Mr. Paula Pouvalu Ma’u officially opened a one day Tonga National Green Climate Fund Workshop at Tungi Colonade, Nuku’alofa yesterday morning.

The workshop aimed to discuss with key Government Departments, Development Partners, GCF Accredited Entities, private sectors and civil society the mechanics of the GCF and Tonga’s ambitions to access and utilization of GCF resources.

17 Aug 2016 description

Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 31, ending 7 August 2016

The following syndromes have been flagged:

16 Aug 2016 description
report Government of Tonga

16th August 2016 The Supporting Community Water Resilience Project was completed in May 2016 and His Majesty King Tupou VI launched this initiative in the island of Niua Fo’ou.

Their Majesties His Majesty King Tupou VI and Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u attended this memorable event, along with Ambassador of Switzerland to Tonga, His Excellency Dr .David Vogelsanger, the Ambassador of the Republic of China to Tonga His Excellency Mr. Guang Huanguang and the Acting High Commissioner of New Zealand in Tonga Ms Adele Plummer.

04 Aug 2016 description

As of 3 August 2016, 68 countries and territories (Fig. 1, Table 1) have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (65 of these countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2015):

 51 countries and territories with a first reported outbreak from 2015 onwards (Table 1).

 Four countries are classified as having possible endemic transmission or have reported evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.

03 Aug 2016 description

Climate Change Matters.

The month of July has brought new and expanding partnerships for SPREP as you will read between SPREP and the Australian Government’s key research institution: the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and a second with German Government’s international aid agency (GIZ). We are working together to strengthen support to Pacific island countries’ national efforts to tackle climate change and ultimately improve their overall resilience.

01 Aug 2016 description

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) partnership is further enhanced through the signing of a new financing agreement to strengthen the Pacific Climate Change Portal (PCCP).

Signed on 14 July, 2016 during the 19th Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation Annual Meeting in Fiji, the agreement spans 12 months and will allow for the PCCP team to continue ongoing maintenance and update content update of the Pacific portal .

28 Jul 2016 description

 As of 27 July 2016, 67 countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (64 of these countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2015):

 50 countries and territories with a first reported outbreak from 2015 onwards.

 Four countries are classified as having possible endemic transmission or have reported evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.