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23 Aug 2016 description

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The development objective of the Infrastructure Reconstruction and Improvement Project for Vanuatu is to reconstruct and/or improve the disaster and climate resilience of selected public sector assets in provinces impacted by Tropical Cyclone (TC) Pam, and to provide immediate and effective response to an Eligible Crisis or Emergency.

22 Aug 2016 description

Pacific women's voices crucial for disaster management.

The region is often hit by natural disasters with major cyclones devastating Vanuatu and Fiji in the past 18 months.

Aleta Miller of the UN Women's Fiji office says women are more affected than men in the aftermath and should be included in disaster management planning.

But she said aid agencies often cast women as victims first and risk ignoring what is truly needed.

11 Aug 2016 description
report CARE

By CARE Australia

As we mark six months since Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji, CARE Australia’s Emergency Response Manager Adam Poulter reflects on the pattern of severe storms that is becoming the new normal.

We have crossed the threshold. Gone are the days when catastrophic cyclones were a once in a lifetime event.

A couple of years ago it would have been inconceivable to have multiple category-five mega-storms hitting Australia’s neighbours in so short a time. But that is today’s reality.

02 Aug 2016 description

They call it the most disaster-prone country on earth: a scattered collection of islands in the Pacific Ring of Fire, beset by tropical cyclones, floods, droughts, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Yet Vanuatu, like 70 per cent of countries across Asia and the Pacific, does not have comprehensive laws in place to guide international disaster assistance and response. Disaster law is a complex and emerging field, frequently overlooked by both governments and humanitarian agencies. Yet the absence of a legal framework can compound the suffering of communities when disasters strike.

02 Aug 2016 description

The Vanuatu Government is setting up a new building to consolidate all Cyclone Pam recovery projects in the one office.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

01 Aug 2016 description

KEY FACTS & FIGURES

The Latest Crises: March 2015

Activation of Cluster: February 2015 (pre-crisis)

Cluster management arrangements: Strategic Advisory Group

Frequency of cluster meetings: MONTHLY

16 Total cluster partners

8 IOs & INGOs with permanent presence in the country

8 Local NGOs

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

Ministry of Agriculture Program helping Nguna, Pele & Emao farmers prepare for La Niña

We’ve all heard about and seen the effects of El Niño on Vanuatu’s food security this year: Crops dying, rivers drying up and people travelling long distances to find enough water to drink, cook and clean. But now that we are passed the El Niño period, scientists are warning that another climate extreme may be coming our way: La Niña. We are on a La Nina “Watch”, with a more than 50% likelihood of La Niña forming later in 2016 according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

16 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

by Rebecca Olul

On the night Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, Tamanu’s family was forced to leave their home and seek shelter with relatives. When they returned, their house was destroyed. One year later, Tamanu is thriving thanks in part to the Vanuatu Society for Disabled Persons (VSDP) Early Intervention playgroup, which travels to communities like hers to reach children who need development and support services.

14 Jul 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperature fluctuations as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. The 2015/2016 occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

06 Jul 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperature fluctuations as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. The 2015/2016 occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

06 Jul 2016 description

The latest round-up of activities carried out by the ICRC in Papua New Guinea features an update on our work of protecting and providing relief to vulnerable and needy people.

Table of contents:

  • Protecting the vulnerable

  • Giving assistance to the needy

  • Working with PNG Red Cross

  • Awareness of the law

01 Jul 2016 description

1 July 2016, GENEVA – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) aim to reduce disaster losses in some of the world’s most hazard prone cities with the initial aid of a €6 million grant from the EU, over the next three years. Mr. Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development said: ”Strengthening disaster risk governance is an essential part of sustainable development and a key priority of the Sendai Framework.

01 Jul 2016 description

More than a year after Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu, a number of schools are still being forced to use tent classrooms.

The Daily Post newspaper reported that on Tanna the Presbyterian College was still using a tent as one of its classrooms.

The school said the Minister of Education, Jean Pierre Nirua, had promised to build four new classrooms for the college and they were still waiting for the central government to deliver.

28 Jun 2016 description

CERF RELEASES ITS 2015 ANNUAL REPORT

In 2015, CERF allocated nearly US$470 million in humanitarian assistance for helping front line partners on the ground kick-start or reinforces emergency activities in 45 countries. CERF raised $409 million with the support from 59 member states.

27 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Preliminary results of the national immunisation coverage survey show evidence of improved immunisation coverage since 2013

  • The refurbished National and Shefa Provincial Vacine Storage facilities opened - facilities now meet WHO international standards

  • Training for health workers on vaccine management, disease surveillance and health education on immunisation rolled out across Vanuatu

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.

22 Jun 2016 description
report Pacific Community

Port Vila, 22 June 2016

A reflection on what worked well and what could be improved upon in the Government of Vanuatu’s response to tropical cyclone Pam has been released today.

The Vanuatu Lessons Learned Report is a collation of recommendations and reflections from a range of local and international representatives to improve disaster response in the region as a result of the lessons from Cyclone Pam. These recommendations were made during a workshop help in Port Vila in June 2015.