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UNICEF Executive Board visits Fiji and Solomon Islands, assessing UNICEF's work in the Pacific Islands

By Rajat Madhok

GIZO, Solomon Islands, 22 March 2012 – The white sand beaches and emerald green waters of Solomon Islands offer the perfect setting for a holiday – but the islanders who live here are freighted with worries.

UNICEF reports on a recent visit to Solomon Islands by the organization's Executive Board to review programmes and progress.

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Protecting the Human Rights of Internal Displaced Persons in Natural Disasters: Challenges in the Pacific

  1. Introduction

Pacific island communities are exposed to a wide range of natural disasters, including cyclones, floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, as well as to the adverse effects of climate change such as coastal erosion, saltwater intrusion into farmland and fresh water sources.

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New Zealand red cross IT specialist in Solomon Islands

New Zealand Red Cross aid worker Steve Davis was more surprised than anyone when a series of earthquakes struck off the Solomon Islands on Sunday.

As part of ongoing disaster relief and recovery, Christchurch man Steve Davis was deployed to the Solomon Islands last Friday to assess Red Cross progress after a spate of disasters in the area including earthquakes, a tsunami and tropical cyclones.

Mr Davis says he was taken by surprise during the shake up, but says the timing is good from an aid perspective.

"Without effective and reliable

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Second tsunami in three years hits Solomon Islands

Gizo, 5 January 2009 - UNICEF Pacific is providing immediate support to the victims of a tsunami that hit Rendova and Tetepare Islands in the Solomon Islands on 4 January. The tsunami was generated by a series of earthquakes and is the second major disaster affecting the Solomon Islands since another tsunami hit the Western Province of Solomon Islands in April 2007.

Already on the ground in Gizo working with reconstruction of schools affected by the 2007 tsunami, UNICEF Pacific was well positioned yesterday to immediately dispatch a rapid assessment

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Solomon Islands: Australia announces support to community

Honiara - The Australian High Commission has announced its support for 28 community projects in Solomon Islands.

The projects will cost 600-thousand Solomon Islands dollars.

The High Commission office in Honiara says the projects were funded under the Australia's Direct Aid Program D-A-P.

D-A-P is a small grants program designed to help community groups improve their living standards in direct and practical ways.

High Commissioner, Frank Ingruber, says Australia was pleased to assist community groups and organisations from

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Summary of grant aid agreements during first quarter of 2009

1. During the first quarter of fiscal 2009 (April to June), JICA (President Sadako Ogata) signed a total of 46 grant agreements.

Key details of two of the major projects are provided below. A complete list of the first quarter grant agreements is provided in the appendix.

2. The Philippine government has set poverty reduction as an important element in their mid-term development plan. As a key part of their policy on poverty reduction, they are implementing regional agricultural land reforms to improve the lives of small farm owners

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Solomon Islands: Earthquake and tsunami Emergency appeal No. MDRSB001 Final Report

Period covered by this Final Report: 14 April 2007 to 14 September 2008.

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,776,895 (USD 1.6 million or EUR 1.08 million);

Final Appeal coverage: 100%

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 3 April 2007 for CHF 1,118,250 (USD 819,673 or EUR 615,385) for four months to assist 5,000 people.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 65,000 was initially allocated from the Federation's DREF to support the national society to respond.

- A Revised Emergency Appeal was launched

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Solomon Islands: North West Choisuel completes rehabilitation phase two

North West Choiseul Constituency has completed the second stage of it's shelter rehabilitation program last week.

Parliament Member for North West Choiseul Clement Kengava says the stage involved distribution of cash to three hundred and one families in the constituency.

Nearly 500-thousand dollars was distributed and each family received one-thousand dollars to two-thousand-500 dollars each.

He says the first stage was carried out in December in which more than two-thousand-300 sheets of roofing iron and and nearly 400 pieces of ridge caps was distributed to 132 families

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The world needs disaster-resistant hospitals, says WHO

MANILA, 6 April 2009-The World Health Organization (WHO) warned today that natural and man-made disasters are increasing worldwide, making it vital that countries invest in building hospitals and health facilities that can withstand earthquakes and other calamities.

As hospitals are critical lifelines in disasters, WHO is dedicating World Health Day, on 7 April, to the challenge of making hospitals and other health facilities safe in emergencies and ensuring that health workers are trained to treat injuries and care for those affected by emergencies.

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Solomon Islands: Australia and New Zealand re-affirm commitment

Australia and New Zealand have reaffirmed their commitment to the ongoing recovery and rebuilding of tsunami-affected communities in Solomon Islands.

The April 2, 2007 earthquake and tsunami caused widespread damage to houses and infrastructure in Western and Choiseul Provinces.

Two years later, Australia and New Zealand continue to work in partnership with World Vision, Save the Children and Oxfam to help rebuild not only homes and essential infrastructure, but also livelihoods and hopes in affected communities.

The Australian High Commissioner, Peter

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Solomon Islands: Earthquake and tsunami Emergency appeal No. MDRSB001 Interim Final Report

Period covered by this Final Report: 14 April 2007 to 14 September 2008.

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,776,895 (USD 1.6 million or EUR 1.08 million);

Final Appeal coverage: 100%

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 3 April 2007 for CHF 1,118,250 (USD 819,673 or EUR 615,385) for four months to assist 5,000 people.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 65,000 was initially allocated from the Federation's DREF to support the national society to respond.

- A Revised Emergency Appeal was launched

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Solomon Islands: Haomae welcomes Japanese health assistance

Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. William Haomae today welcomed a multi-million dollar Japanese assistance to rebuild the devastated Gizo hospital in Western Province.

Health services provided by the hospital were badly reduced when the hospital was hit by a 7.9 earthquake and Tsunami waves on April 2, 2007.

Minister Haomae and Japanese Charge d' Affairs Akira Iwanade and Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr Takase Kaneko officially signed the Exchange of Notes

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Solomon Islands: Southy Choiseul Tsunami Reconctruction Programme

The second phase of South Choiseul Constituency Tsunami Reconstruction is progressing, thanks to the Lucas portable sawmill donated to Lauru Peoples Association by Solomon Islands Rotary Club.

Lauru Peoples Association says the Tabasaru Community is using the sawmill to cut timber for their houses that were lost or damaged by the 2007 April 2 Tsunami.

It says milling started in late November, after the sawmill supplier, TIMOL sent their trainer to Sasamungga to train the mill operators.

The five day training session was so

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Pacific: Appeal No. MAA55001 Programme Update No. 2

This report covers the period from 1 July 2008 until 31 December 2008.

In brief

Programme summary:

Programmes have not changed radically since the previous report. Work has continued during the second half of the year in delivering technical support to the Pacific national societies in disaster management, health and care and organizational development-related fields. Key activities carried out in this reporting period include the first regional disaster response team (RDRT) training in the Pacific, the start of the HIV programme in Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia,

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Solomon Islands: Tsunami victims demand land in Gizo

Malakerava coastal residents on Gizo island who were victims of the April 2 earthquake and tsunami last year are still living in tents.

They are demanding the Western province premier to give them land in Gizo town.

Families that are still living under plastic and rusted iron roofing tents in Malakerava and Babylon Camps formed a community to pursue the idea.

More than 40 signatures from adults and children were signed in a petition which expires on the eve of Christmas.

The petition demanded Premier Alex Lokopio

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Solomon Islands: Australia assists tsunami victims

Province: Western

The Australian High Commission is pleased to announce its support to the Community Land Rights Awareness Project in Gizo, to be implemented by Oxfam International.

Speaking on Human Rights Day and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Australian Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith, announced Australian Government support for the project.

The project focuses on strengthening the economic and social rights of people displaced by the April 2007 tsunami in Solomon Islands' Western Province, and aims to increase women's participation

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Solomon Islands: Chairman of Committee assures victims

The Chairman of Gizo Island Rural Shelter and Rehabilitation Committee, Wilson Katovai assures earthquake and tsunami victims in Gizo and nearby villages to get ready to rebuild their homes.

Mr Katovai confirms receiving a rehabilitation cheque from the Government Treasury Department for one-point-seven million dollars.

He told SIBC News that the money is for the victims of earthquake and tsunami stricken victims in Gizo and the nearby village settlements.

Mr Katovai says his committee will distribute the money to each household accordingly.

He warns recipients of the assistance

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Solomon Islands: South Choiseul rehabilitation

South Choiseul Constituency take lead in being the first to present to the Prime Minister a financial report on how tsunami relief funds was used to rehabilitate affected areas in the constituency.

South Choiseul received one-point-three-six million dollars from the national government to implement phase one of a tsunami reconstruction program that started in early January this year.

The program was entrusted to the Lauru Peoples Association for implementation.

Member of Parliament for South Choiseul, Reverend Leslie Boseto presented the report to Prime Minister Dr Derek

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Asia and Pacific - Preparedness and Mitigation Programs Fact Sheet #1 (FY 2008)

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

BACKGROUND

Disasters including earthquakes, typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanoes, droughts, tsunamis, and wildfires affect populations throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Worsening socio-economic conditions of some populations are increasing the region's vulnerability. Demographic changes, urbanization, and environmental degradation have reduced