11 August 2017, Indonesia: Fiji and Indonesia have signed a Plan of Action on Disaster Management Cooperation that will see the two countries exchange cooperation in the areas of disaster preparedness, management and response.
Fiji’s Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management permanent secretary Mr Meleti Bainimarama signed the cooperation with Indonesia’s Disaster Management secretary general, Mr Dody Ruswandi.
WFP is exploring the use of existing systems to provide effective assistance to shock affected populations, including government social protection schemes and social safety nets, and their related targeting mechanisms, transfer modalities and delivery mechanisms. Leveraging these existing systems, WFP aims to develop or strengthen their shock-responsive capacities in order to increase the effectiveness, cost efficiency and timeliness of emergency response.
Tropical Cyclone Ella intensified overnight and is now a Category 2 system. As of 6am this morning, it was located near 14 .4 degree South latitude and 176.4 degree West longitude or about 430 km east - northeast of Vanuabalavu or 450km east - northeast of Udu Point . It has a central pressure of 985 HPA and currently moving west at about 12km/hr (about 6knots). Close to its centre , the cyclone is expected to have average winds of up to 95 km/hr (about 0 knots) with momentary gusts up to 130 km/hr (about knots).
5pm Tuesday 09 May 2017
Severe Tropical Cyclone Donna is now weakened to Category 3 system with central pressure of 963 HPA and has destructive hurricane force winds estimated at about 80knots close to the centre at 3pm today.
Fiji’s presidency of COP23 - the ongoing UN climate negotiations - has been the focus of talks in Tokyo between the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and the Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kiyoshi Odagawa.