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13 Oct 2015 description

Lima - Finance Ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20), representing close to 700 million people threatened by climate change and spanning world regions, held their inaugural meeting on 8 October 2015 in Lima, Peru. They announced a series of actions to foster greater investment in climate resiliency and low emissions development at home and internationally.

12 Oct 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Cook Islands, Guam

  • Influenza-Like illness: Guam, Nauru, Tonga

Other updates


  • Tuvalu: Seven samples sent to the Institut Lois Malarde, French Polynesia have tested RT-PCR positive for Chikungunya.

  • As of 27 September 2015; there have been 1317 cases since February 2015 in Marshall Islands. There were 3 cases for the month of September. The number of cases is decreasing.


09 Oct 2015 description

Operation Summary

March-April 2015: Tropical Cyclone Pam developed in the East of Solomon Islands on 6 March and gained strength as it moved south towards Vanuatu. Heavy rain, strong winds and sea swell, combined with king tides, caused widespread coastal flooding and wind damage. Pam hit Vanuatu as a Category 5 cyclone on 13 March.

06 Oct 2015 description

At least four million people in the Pacific face hunger, water shortages and risk of disease this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.

02 Oct 2015 description

The monthly climate update for the Pacific says Fiji and Tonga are expected to receive below normal rainfall over the next three months.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

23 Sep 2015 description

Niue has given aid to Tuvalu to help its recovery from Cyclone Pam.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

16 Sep 2015 description
report World Bank

World Bank Board approves US$3 million grant for long-term recovery efforts

WASHINGTON D.C., September 15, 2015—Six months after Cyclone Pam hit the Pacific, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved an additional US$3 million grant to support Tuvalu’s medium-term recovery efforts.

09 Sep 2015 description


Director’s Note and About Us 2

Dry conditions ahead for several Pacific islands 3

The Protection Of People 3

SPREP Meeting 2015 3

Voices of the Athletes Program empowers young people to protect our environment 4

International Youth Day Message 4

Palmerston Island Solar Project in the Cook Islands 4

Strategic Program for Climate Resilience: Pacific Regional Track in FSM and Tuvalu 5

IRENA convenes climate change mitigation financing meeting for SIDS 5

09 Sep 2015 description

The special needs of outer island communities must be considered in the planning and design of climate change adaptation projects.

That was a clear message stressed by participants at the Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Islands States (GCCA: PSIS) project’s ‘lessons learnt’ meeting that recently concluded in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

07 Sep 2015 description

Each year natural and climate change induced disasters displace tens of millions of people across the globe, mostly within their own country but there have been circumstances when people displaced by disasters have had to seek shelter by crossing international borders. Human mobility and cross-border displacement is recognised as a keyhumanitarian issue in this day in age.

04 Sep 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Palau
  • Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Kiribati, Tonga
  • Influenza-Like illness: Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tonga
  • Prolonged Fever: Tonga

Other updates


Outbreak ongoing in French Polynesia with two deaths ( one 5 months old and one 7 months old) – rotavirus has been isolated. The weekly number of cases is increasing. As of week ending 30 August, 47% of the cases were in children less than 4 years of age.


31 Aug 2015 description


Director‘s Note and About Us 2

'Climate Change Adaptation—the Pacific Way‘ videos for FSM, Palau and Tuvalu completed 3

Vanuatu leads Knowledge Hub exchange between Pacific countries 3

Women, children missing from Pacific Agenda 3

Latest numbers show at least 5 metres sea-level rise locked in 4

Is Samoa ready for another tsunami? 4

History made with the very first Pacific Ministers Meeting on Meteorology in Tonga 4

25 Aug 2015 description

The leader of Tuvalu says his country is having to consider buying land in New Zealand and Australia to grow food and prepare the population to migrate as the seas slowly claim the islands.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

17 Aug 2015 description

Floods and landslides affected over 1.3 million people, including 297,000 households displaced in Jul and Aug, according to Government reports. At least 106 people are confirmed dead. The Government, supported by local organisations, UN and INGOs, continues to lead the response, including clean-up, search and rescue and provision of relief assistance.

1.3 million people affected

12 Aug 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Influenza-like illness: Nauru, New Zealand

Other updates


  • Cook Islands have reported a total of 763 cases since October 2014, including 5 new cases in the week ending on 2 August 2015.


  • Outbreaks are occurring in American Samoa (dengue serotype-3) and Samoa (dengue serotype-3).

05 Aug 2015 description

This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor updates the 2015 and 2016 GDP growth and inflation projections for ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The policy briefs included in this issue focus on disasters in the Pacific.


Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:

26 Jul 2015 description
report Government of Tonga

24 July 2015: The First Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology held here in Nuku’alofa today has adopted 25 points they believe will ensure that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) have the necessary capacity to support sustainable development in the region.

23 Jul 2015 description

Climatologists now agree that the world is facing an unfolding El Niño event. The European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting says that more than half of all climate models are now predicting an El Niño stronger than 1997/8.

Rainfall & El Niño

Less rain in south western Pacic, plunging some countries into drought. More rain in equatorial countries from June -August 2015. If the El Niño is very severe, rainfall may drop steeply from September onwards