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Disaster events have lasting impacts on people, communities, and socioeconomic development. Countries in the Pacific are among the most exposed, globally, to natural disasters, including floods, droughts, cyclones, and earthquakes. The effects of climate change threaten to increase the severity and frequency of hazard events in the Pacific region, emphasizing the need for Pacific island countries to protect themselves against corresponding social and economic consequences.
This International Women’s Day, a new EUR18.2 million regional programme to improve gender equality and address violence against women and girls is being announced.
The new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) brings together governments, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG), and increase access to quality response services for survivors.
Drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanoes, and civil unrest, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
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The India, Brazil and South Africa Facility for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation
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As of August 2017:
30 out of 37 countries in the UNFPA Asia-Paciﬁc region completed at least one violence against women (VAW) prevalence survey
4 countries have completed more than one national VAW prevalence survey with comparable methods
26 countries have national statistics on intimate partner violence
On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.
2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.
Rural communities in the Pacific that rely on fishing for subsistence and income face serious risks due to the degradation of coastal ecosystems, overharvesting, and climate change.
The ongoing degradation of coastal ecosystems, overharvesting of valuable species, and climate change (including more extreme weather events, rising sea levels, increasing sea surface temperatures, and ocean acidification) are lowering the production of fish, which is the Pacific region’s primary source of protein.
Five island countries in the Asia-Pacific region are teaming up with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to boost their resilience to weather events.
WMO is working with the governments and civil society partners in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu to develop a potential Green Climate Fund (GCF) project that aims to markedly improve the countries’ Early Warning Systems (EWSs).
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While a lot of important leaders meetings were taking place in the region in September, there were also a large number of technical meetings convened.
These will all contribute towards the scientific basis of climate change work in the region.
CERF enables fast, flexible and needs-based support for people affected by humanitarian emergencies. The UN General Assembly established the fund in 2005 to provide timely assistance in crises. Since its operational launch in 2006, CERF has developed a reputation for its ability to kick-start humanitarian action, scale up the response to emergencies and serve as a lifeline for people struggling to survive in the world’s most underfunded crises.
It has been an interesting and intense month for the Pacific meteorological services, with a series of meetings and training workshops culminating in the 4th Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC) and 2nd Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology. These were held in Honiara,
Solomon Islands, and saw increased interest and participation from Members, partners and international organisations. The Honiara Ministerial Statement is also an important development in terms of policy direction and needs in the region.
The main purpose of the Working Group is to improve tsunami warning and mitigation services and information sharing for the PICT’s.
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)- Pacific Tsunami Warning Systems (PTWS) Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICT’s) has successfully completed its 5th regional meeting that was held in Honiara, Solomon Islands from the 7th to the 9th of August.
The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.
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July was a busy month in the climate change calendar, and it was also a month when new scientific evidence was brought to the attention of Pacific Leaders during the Fiji Climate Change Champion’s meeting in Suva.