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World + 7 others
Pacific humanitarians meet to strengthen disaster response

(Suva, 28 October 2014): Humanitarians from across the Pacific have gathered in Suva today to strengthen disaster response and coordination in the region.

More than 120 participants are attending the 7th Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) Regional Meeting from 28-30 October 2014. The annual meeting is organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and brings together over 100 humanitarian partners 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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Hundreds still needy after floods around Port Vila

Disaster authorities in Vanuatu say one thousand people have been affected by recent floods around the capital Port Vila.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

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Fiji + 13 others
Asia-Pacific region: El Niño Snapshot - October 2014

What is El Niño?

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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More than 200 still displaced by Vanuatu floods

243 people in Vanuatu are still in evacuation centres after a record 24 hours rainfall caused flash flooding earlier this week.

Read the full article here

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World + 9 others
Small yet strong: voices from Oceania on the environment

Report
Caritas

About this report

This report draws from interviews carried out with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand partners and networks between March and August 2014. We approached groups with these key questions:

What are the environmental issues you are experiencing in your work and community?

What responses are people making?

What solutions do you think should be made?

What else do you want to tell us about environmental impacts affecting people in your community?

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Vanuatu flood claims one life, 100 homeless

Two days of torrential rain in Vanuatu, has claimed one life and left more than 100 people homeless.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Papua New Guinea + 5 others
ECHO Factsheet – The Pacific Region – September 2014

Key messages

  • The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in casualties and people affected per inhabitant.

  • Promoting and enabling active participation of both women and men in training, planning and decision-making for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response is crucial for reducing vulnerability to natural calamities in the Pacific.

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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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World + 11 others
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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World + 21 others
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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World + 21 others
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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Mobility matters! Taking steps to build climate-resilient infrastructure in Vanuatu

SEA-LEVEL RISE

TAKING A TOLL ON VANUATU

Climate change impacts (such as sea-level rise) are a reality for Vanuatu, a country made up of 83 islands. Vanuatu has seen a 12 cm rise in sea level since 1993, which is twice the global average.

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World + 14 others
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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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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Vanuatu women in Australia urge action on climate change

Report
Oxfam

Posted: 30 JUL 14 Written by: Oxfam Australia Media

Australians can learn about how one of our Pacific neighbours is meeting the challenge of climate change at public events around the country from next week.

Oxfam and CARE International are hosting a national speaking tour with Shirley Laban and Mala Silas, two women at the frontline of efforts to tackle climate change in Vanuatu.

The public events are in Melbourne (5 August), Hobart (7 August), Sydney (8 August) and Brisbane (14 August).

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Tonga + 12 others
Pacific Islands Humanitarian Bulletin, July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• El Niño alert issued, with meteorologists estimating a 70 per cent chance of event developing by late 2014.

• OCHA and the Pacific Humanitarian Team responded to five emergencies between November 2013 and May 2014.

• Recovery efforts in cyclone-affected Tonga include a cash-for-work programme focusing on food security and debris management.

• A study of the Pacific Humanitarian Team response in the Solomon Islands finds coordination support appreciated, but improved communication and assessments needed.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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World + 4 others
Pacific French-speaking women work to strengthen capacity to adapt to climate change

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) collaborated with the Union of Pacific French Speaking Women (UFFO) to organise UFFO’s annual regional workshop from 14 to 17 July 2014 at the University of California, Berkeley’s Gump Research Station in Mo’orea, French Polynesia. Over 40 non-governmental organisations from New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna are members of UFFO.

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Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction - Handbook for local facilitator

This training guide is purposely designed for the facilitators of the community based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) training. The aim of this guide is to set up community disaster committees (CDC) in vulnerable communities and train them in order to make the communities less vulnerable and better prepared to disasters (Note : File size is 3.15MB)

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Fiji + 12 others
USAID Rolls Out Pacific-American Climate Fund in Apia

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a workshop for select civil society, academic and private sector organizations on Wednesday, July 16 to announce the five-year, USD $24-million Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Center.