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Samoa develops capability for conducting Post Disaster Needs Assessments

What is the true cost of a disaster in human and economic terms and, once we know, what can we do to reduce the burden the next time?

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Declaration of a Meteorological Drought


Over the course of the last few months, the Samoa Climate Early Warning System (CLEWS) has observed rainfall over the country to be generally lower than average. The lack of decent rainfall over certain areas in the country has lead to dry conditions that are now classified as within the threshold of a meteorological drought.

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Samoa's architects look to the past to boost climate resilience


Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:15 GMT
Author: Catherine Wilson

APIA, Samoa (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In many Pacific Island countries, Western-style home construction has been gradually usurping traditional architecture. But returning to indigenous practices of building and planning communities could be key to creating the disaster-resilient communities of the future, experts say.

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Chikungunya Outbreak in Samoa: Situational Report Issue 7 – 21/9/14

Over 8 weeks, we have a cumulative total of 1,090 cases (Attack rate of 5.8 per 1,000)

Mass Gathering Surveillance for SIDs conference has ended on 15th September 2014.

Enhanced surveillance will continue.

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World + 23 others
Assemblée générale: sur fond d’appels vibrants au multilatéralisme, le Chef de la diplomatie russe dénonce la polarisation de la scène internationale


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

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Chikungunya Outbreak in Samoa: Situational Report Issue 6 –14/9/14

Over 7 weeks, we have a cumulative total of 841 cases (Attack rate of 4.5 per 1,000)

Mass Gathering Surveillance, which started on the 26/8/14 for SIDS conference, will be completed on the 19/9/14.

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Chikungunya Outbreak in Samoa: Situational Report Issue 5 –7/9/14

Over 5 weeks, we have a cumulative total of 626 cases (Attack rate of 3.3 per 1,000)

Mass Gathering Surveillance started on the 26/8/14 for SIDS conference, with the assistance of SPC and is continuing for 2 more weeks.

Majority of the clinical cases are sent home (not admitted)

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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.

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Chikungunya Outbreak in Samoa: Situational Report Issue 4 –1/9/14

Over 4 weeks, we have a cumulative total of 433 cases (Attack rate of 2.3 per 1,000)

The case definition used is “acute fever and multiple joint pains” with or without a rash.

Mass gathering surveillance for SIDS conference spearheaded by SPC has started on 26/8/14

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World + 30 others
Cachée sous nos yeux : Une analyse statistique de la violence envers les enfants

De nouvelles données recueillies au niveau mondial mettent en évidence la prévalence de la violence envers les enfants, déclare l’UNICEF

NEW YORK, 4 septembre 2014 – La plus importante collecte de données jamais effectuée sur la violence envers les enfants révèle l’ampleur stupéfiante des sévices physiques, sexuels et psychologiques qu’ils subissent et met en évidence les attitudes qui perpétuent et justifient cette violence, véritablement « cachée sous nos yeux » dans chaque pays et communauté du monde.

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World + 1 other
UN Conference in Samoa Generates More than US $1.9 Billion in Partnerships Tackling Such Issues as Climate Change, Environmental Protection and Access to Energy

The Conference reaffirmed the need to consider the special circumstances faced by small island developing states in achieving sustainable development.

Apia, 4 September - Nearly 300 partnerships between governments, businesses and civil society organizations from all over the world have been registered to support small island developing states bringing the total value of these commitments to over USD $1.9 billion, the United Nations announced today at the conclusion of the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States.

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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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Struggling to Find Water in the Vast Pacific

By Catherine Wilson

LOTOFAGA VILLAGE, Samoa, Sep 1 2014 (IPS) - Pacific Island states are surrounded by the largest ocean in the world, but inadequate fresh water sources, poor infrastructure and climate change are leaving some communities without enough water to meet basic needs.

Laisene Nafatali lives in Lotofaga village, home to 5,000 people on the south coast of Upolu, the main island of Samoa, a Polynesian island state located northeast of Fiji in the central South Pacific region.

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World + 2 others
Involve communities and the media in communicating climate information

By PACNEWS Editor, Makereta Komai in Samoa

Early lessons gained from a regional project to strengthen the link between National Meteorological Service and the communities indicate the need to communicate weather information and how it impacts the population in a simple and timely manner.

Part of the strategy is to allow people at the community level to take ownership of the information and empower their people to make choices that will protect them in any extreme weather event.

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World + 3 others
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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Tsunami-hit community honours Ban with 'chief' title

UN News Service

31 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on Sunday given the title of 'Tupua' or 'chief' in south-eastern Samoa by villagers whose homes had been struck by a tsunami nearly five years ago.

Wearing traditional 'siapo lavalava' around his waist and a beaded 'palefuiono' with feathers on his head, the Secretary-General sat across from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi in a roofed social centre in Siupapa, a sub-village of Saleapaga.

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World + 1 other
Samoan PM calls on Canberra to do more to tackle climate change

Samoa's prime minister has issued an impassioned plea on behalf all Pacific nations for more help to cope with climate change and he has called on Australia, to lift its focus from the federal budget and lead the way.

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