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25 Aug 2016 description

Funafuti, Tuvalu: Coastal fishery stocks have sustained island communities for generations in Tuvalu but is under increasing pressure due to the impacts of climate change and unsustainable fishing practices.

An assessment conducted by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Tuvalu Department of Fishery in 2013, found that important fish species and sea cucumbers in Funafuti waters had decreased. About 83% of respondents claimed they felt their catches had decreased compared to five years ago and 67% of respondents claimed sizes of fish had decrease compared to five years ago.

17 Aug 2016 description

Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 31, ending 7 August 2016

The following syndromes have been flagged:

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.

26 Jul 2016 description
report Pacific Community

Over 20 health professionals from all six provinces of Vanuatu are in Port-Vila this week to scale up public health surveillance with the Pacific Data for Decision-Making (DDM) training programme.

The week-long training is jointly organised by Vanuatu Ministry of Health and the Pacific Community (SPC) as part of the recovery activities in response to Cyclone Pam project funded by the German Development Bank (KfW).

19 Jul 2016 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.

15 Jul 2016 description

The Pacific Community is working with the Government of Tuvalu this week to formulate the country’s first national action plan for human rights which brings together Tuvalu’s existing commitments under the Universal Periodic Review, ratified Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and provides a timeframe for action across these human rights issues.

30 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

TC Winston Highlights

  • The Fijian Government has placed the total cost of damages at US$1.4 billion (approximately one third of Fiji’s annual GDP)

  • The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) hosted an inter-cluster meeting to address the significant, ongoing needs on Koro Island

  • More than 23,000 people in 120 villages have been reached through eight weeks of integrated family health mobile outreach activities supported by the MoHMS, UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO

28 Jun 2016 description

Foreword About 6.9 million people in Pacific island countries cannot access improved sanitation. More than 4.8 million cannot access improved water supplies. The United Nations General Assembly recognizes water and sanitation as basic human rights. The General Assembly has called upon governments and international organizations to provide financial resources, build capacity and technology transfer to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking-water and sanitation for all (UN Resolution A/RES/64/292).

24 Jun 2016 description

Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati

Climate change poses the most significant moral challenge to the global community and an existential threat to the future of many communities worldwide. With the projected rise in sea levels by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of up to one metre within the century, the most vulnerable coastal communities and low-lying island states — several of which are in Pacific — face the real possibility of their islands and communities being submerged well within the next hundred years.

16 Jun 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Tokelau

· Diarrhoea: Fiji, Vanuatu

· Influenza-like Illness: American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu

· Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Third International Health Regulation Emergency Committee meeting on Zika

13 Jun 2016 description

A new early warning system to be introduced in Tuvalu next month aims to help outlying communities better prepare for natural disasters.

The US made Chatty Beetle technology is able to send and receive short data messages to the internet over the Iridium satellite network anywhere in the World.

Read the full story here.

09 Jun 2016 description

Why a regional focus model?

A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

07 Jun 2016 description

New Zealand aid money going into the Pacific is making a real difference, but there are still huge challenges in the region, Foreign Minister Murray McCully says.

McCully has just led the annual Pacific Mission, which visited Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Tuvalu.

Kiribati and Tuvalu are grappling with sea-level rise as a result of climate change, but they also have other critical problems.

Kiribati's tiny main island of Tarawa suffers chronic overcrowding and a lack of resources.

16 May 2016 description

Climate change is now recognised as a factor driving the movement of people around the world.

Internationally, migration, displacement and human mobility are recognized in the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage, and further reinforced through the Paris Agreement in 2015. As Pacific Island countries increasingly experience the effects of climate change, more Pacific governments will need to consider options for dealing with human mobility.

11 May 2016 description

28 MILLION PEOPLE FORCIBLY DISPLACED BY CONFLICT AND DISASTERS IN 2015 AND MILLIONS MORE STILL INVISIBLE: IDMC NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS GLOBAL CRISIS OF INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT

Conflict, violence and disasters internally displaced 27.8 million people in 2015, subjecting a record number of men, women and children to the trauma and upheaval of being forcibly displaced within their own country.

05 May 2016 description

By Makereta Komai in Frankfurt, Germany

Six Pacific Island Countries will receive a 100 percent increase in their annual grants from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), from next year.

This has been made possible with the ground breaking initiative by the Bank to merge its lending operation, the Asian Development Fund (ADF) and its Ordinary Capital Resources (OCR), boosting its total annual lending and grant to as high as US$20 billion.

26 Apr 2016 description

Climate change heightens Pacific island countries’ vulnerability, according to a new report by WHO

Ensuring a health-in-all-policies approach, health considerations should be incorporated into national policies and plans relevant to climate change

19 Apr 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji

· Diarrhoea: Fiji

· Influenza-like Illness: Kiribati, Tokelau, New Caledonia

· Prolonged fever: Fiji, Kiribati

Other updates:

Zika virus

· Tonga: As of 27 March 2016 there have been 2420 cases since 1 January 2016. The weekly number of cases is decreasing. For further information please refer to Dr Seini Kupu’s PacNet posting on 8 April 2016.

15 Apr 2016 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Director’s Note and About Us

Training and capacity building for a future filled with clean water - PIGGAREP+ in Tonga

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere spike

February heatwave brought Tonga’s hottest day on record

El Niño Update: El Niño weakens but sectoral impacts remain

Making climate change adaptation in Kiribati understandable to all

Pacific iCLIM project team meets for 2016

SPREP honoured by UNFCCC for ’Green’ side event