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29 Apr 2016 description

Nairobi, 29 April 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its 2015 Annual Report website and print edition in all six UN languages. The report showcases many of UNEP’s big results of the last year – from key work in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement to securing investor pledges to decarbonize $600 billion worth of assets under management – and zooms in on projects helping communities in countries like Colombia and Cambodia to adapt to climate change and develop sustainable livelihoods.

29 Apr 2016 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Director’s Note and About Us

The Paris Agreement and the Pacific islands

Pacific islands display global leadership at signing of Paris Agreement

Multi-billion dollar climate fund approves Vanuatu Readiness proposal

New online Climate Prediction tool helps Vanuatu prepare for anticipated extreme climate events

Project focuses on resilience to climate change in urban environment

SPREP and Solomon Islands to strengthen Natural Solutions to 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

GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACTS

• Severe drought and associated food insecurity, flooding, rains and temperature rises due to El Niño 2015-2016 are causing a wide range of health problems, including disease outbreaks, malnutrition and disruption of health services.

• El Niño 2015-2016 is affecting more than 60 million people, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific.

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

25 Apr 2016 description

Background and purpose

The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughts, floods and extreme hot and cold weather. While the El Niño itself has passed its peak and is now declining, its impact is still growing. Harvests in several parts of the world have already failed and are forecast to fail in other areas.

25 Apr 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

  • Maladies diarrhéiques : Niue, Tokelau

  • Syndrome grippal : Samoa américaines, Tokelau, Nouvelle-Calédonie

Autres relevés :

Chikungunya

24 Apr 2016 description

The ADB program in the Solomon Islands has provided loans, grants and technical assistance to grow the country’s economy and improve the lives of people, particularly the poor, women, children and other vulnerable groups.

Since Solomon Islands joined ADB in 1973, the country has received over $275 million in loans, grants, and technical assistance. With such a widely dispersed population, the transport sector is a key development priority for Solomon Islands.

21 Apr 2016 description

SUMMARY

From 1 January 2007 to 20 April 2016, Zika virus transmission was documented in a total of 66 countries and territories.

Mosquito-borne transmission:

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

  • 17 countries have reported evidence of Zika virus transmission prior to 2015, with or without ongoing transmission or have reported an outbreak since 2015 that is now over.

19 Apr 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji

· Diarrhoea: Fiji

· Influenza-like Illness: Kiribati, Tokelau, New Caledonia

· Prolonged fever: Fiji, Kiribati

Other updates:

Zika virus

· Tonga: As of 27 March 2016 there have been 2420 cases since 1 January 2016. The weekly number of cases is decreasing. For further information please refer to Dr Seini Kupu’s PacNet posting on 8 April 2016.

18 Apr 2016 description

Miami, United States | AFP | Monday 4/18/2016 - 21:47 GMT

Extreme weather events are expected to strike more often due to climate change, and a study published Monday detailed how a 2014 storm triggered a health crisis on the Solomon Islands.

The report in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine examined the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Ita, which drenched the capital, Honiara, with more than 24 inches (60 centimeters) of rain from April 2-4.

15 Apr 2016 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Director’s Note and About Us

Training and capacity building for a future filled with clean water - PIGGAREP+ in Tonga

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere spike

February heatwave brought Tonga’s hottest day on record

El Niño Update: El Niño weakens but sectoral impacts remain

Making climate change adaptation in Kiribati understandable to all

Pacific iCLIM project team meets for 2016

SPREP honoured by UNFCCC for ’Green’ side event

14 Apr 2016 description

SUMMARY

From 1 January 2007 to 13 April 2016, Zika virus transmission was documented in a total of 64 countries and territories.

Mosquito-borne transmission:

 42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.  17 countries have reported evidence of Zika virus transmission prior to 2015, with or without ongoing transmission or have reported an outbreak since 2015 that is now over.

Person-to-person transmission: 