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25 May 2016 description

The Pacific islands are a step closer to having their very own Pacific Climate Change Centre to be hosted at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) campus in Apia, Samoa.

A special signing between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Government of Samoa, with SPREP to finalise the minutes of discussion which marks the end of the preparatory survey took place in Apia today. This is the final stage before submission to the Cabinet of the Government of Japan in July, followed by the signing of the Exchange of Notes in August.

19 May 2016 description
  • As of 18 May 2016, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

  • 46 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).

  • 14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

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.

13 May 2016 description

10:30 am on 12 May 2016

A main road in the Samoan capital is flooded and people are being told to be on the alert as heavy rain and thunderstorms affect the islands.

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12 May 2016 description

Summary

  • As of 11 May 2016, 58 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission of which:

  • 45 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitoes.

  • 13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

07 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

TC Winston Highlights

  • UNICEF is supporting early recovery activities and supplies in WASH, education, maternal and child health, child protection and communicating with communities

  • UNICEF is supporting MoEHA, MoMHA and i-Taukei Affairs with field monitoring of supplies and activities delivered to communities in response to TC Winston

  • U-Report is being launched as an inter-ministerial initiative that will connect Government to the voices of Fijians throughout the country

06 May 2016 description

Bridging the gap between Information Technology and Pacific Meteorological Services to bring about improved weather and climate forecasts and warnings for Pacific communities is at the core of training held in Samoa this week.

05 May 2016 description
  • As of 4 May 2016, 57 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 44 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).

  • Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):

  • 44 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

  • 13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

01 May 2016 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Small island states are a group of 39 countries that are small, geographically isolated, and highly vulnerable to shocks.

  • They represent two-thirds of the countries suffering the highest relative losses due to natural disasters – between one and nine percent of GDP annually.

  • These losses are being further exacerbated by climate change.

28 Apr 2016 description

ZIKA VIRUS DISEASE, MICROCEPHALY AND GUILLAIN-BARRÉ SYNDROME

 As of 27 April, 55 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 42 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).

 Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):

 42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

 13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

27 Apr 2016 description

INDIA

• Severe weather, including heavy rain and extreme high temperatures, has been affecting several parts of the country over the past weeks, causing casualties and damage.

• In the state of Odisha, 30 people are reported to have died as a heatwave continues to worsen, as of 14 April.

• In the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, local media reported at least 15 people dead, thousands affected and several homes damaged due to floods and landslides, as of 25 April.

CHINA

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