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22 Jun 2018 description
report GFDRR

AT A GLANCE

Country Fiji

Risks Climate change exacerbating natural disasters

Area of Engagement Deepening engagements in resilience to climate change

The government of Fiji has pioneered an innovative approach to assessing and quantifying the impacts of climate change which will help the Pacific Island country chart a resilient development path.

NATURAL HAZARDS EXACERBATED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

15 Jun 2018 description

An international initiative to improve early warning systems against extreme weather and support climate change adaptation is gaining momentum to protect more people in more places. Financing has been extended to cover the Caribbean and West African regions.

14 Jun 2018 description

The number of dengue cases in Fiji has fallen in the past six weeks, the Health Ministry says.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

08 Jun 2018 description

By Deodat Maharaj, UNDP Senior Advisor for the Caribbean

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 8 2018 (IPS) - As a new hurricane season approaches in the Caribbean, I attended last week’s dialogue focused on “Financing Resilience in SIDS” held in Antigua and Barbuda and sponsored by the host government and Belgium.

The gathering sought to identify the main risks facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS), especially in terms of financing and innovative solutions to the countries’ challenges.

08 Jun 2018 description
report Pacific Community

On Friday morning, Colin Tukuitonga, Director-general of the Pacific Community (SPC), handed 705,840 Pacific Francs, collected from all SPC staff in New Caledonia and Fiji, over to the French Red Cross.

The funds will contribute to the reconstruction efforts of countries recently hit by natural disasters in the region (Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Tonga). The funds were handed over to Michel Rigot, President of the French Red Cross in New Caledonia. They will be equally shared between the Red Cross societies of impacted countries.

07 Jun 2018 description

The World Mosquito Programme says new funding from New Zealand will help protect two of Fiji's major population centres from dengue, chikungunya and zika.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

31 May 2018 description

New Zealand will contribute $2.7 million to help limit dengue fever in Fiji, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.

“Dengue fever is a debilitating and sometimes fatal mosquito-borne disease which has affected more than 38,000 people in the Pacific since the beginning of 2017,” Mr Peters says.

“The funding will go to the World Mosquito Programme, which uses natural, effective and self-sustaining methods that limit the ability of mosquitoes to spread the illness. These methods are currently in use across four continents.

29 May 2018 description

An expert in disaster risk reduction says work to safeguard schools in Fiji is making progress.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

29 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Summit 2018

NADI, 25 May 2018 – Today, the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Summit will conclude, where eighteen Government agencies and non-government partner organizations undertook exhaustive consultations to determine key activities and strategies in order to strengthen Government systems to provide access to water and sanitation for all Fijians.

28 May 2018 description
report Government of Fiji

A trough of low pressure with an embedded low lies just to the west of Fiji. It is moving towards the Group and expected to bring heavy rain, squally thunderstorms with strong and gusty winds over the country from tonight and continue until tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a high pressure system together with a low pressure system to the southwest of Fiji generates and directs damaging heavy southerly swells over Fiji Waters.

The following warnings remains current with the as adverse weather and oceans conditions anticipated over next 24 to 48 hours.

21 May 2018 description

Joint media release

  • The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

  • Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific

The Australian Government is assisting the Government of Fiji to respond to a recent meningococcal outbreak.

18 May 2018 description
report Pacific Community

Over 400 school students at the Arya Kanya Pathshala School in Ba, in Fiji’s Western division, will now benefit from a new ablution block which includes new toilets, hand washing and shower facilities, following its opening in Ba today.

The ablution block has been constructed through the European Union (EU) funded Micro Projects Programme (MPP), implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC). The facilities were opened by the Deputy Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Sakeasi Waikere.

18 May 2018 description
report Pacific Community

Fiji’s National Disaster Management Act (1998) and National Disaster Management Plan (1995) begin an overhaul today, ensuring the lessons learned from the most severe cyclone to ever hit the country are incorporated into the new legislative agreements for disaster management in the country. Climate change and the risk of disaster is apparent in the Pacific. The Fijian Government is beginning a consultative review process to ensure its legislative frameworks respond to both present and future needs in disaster management.

16 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

SUVA, 14 May 2018 – Soon every child and adolescent in Fiji will have the chance to be protected against meningococcal C after a recent outbreak of the disease, with the Government of Fiji’s vaccination campaign set to launch on 14 May, supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

This country-wide mass vaccination campaign aims to vaccinate up to 325,000 children and adolescents against meningococcal C disease - the age group most at risk of getting the disease.

10 May 2018 description

People in Fiji affected by recent floods in the Western Division will soon receive assistance from the Fijian community in New Zealand.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

07 May 2018 description
report GFDRR

By Devan Kreisberg, Naraya Carrasco, Denis Jordy, and Alessio Giardino

If we’ve learned anything from our modern era, it’s that the smallest changes can be extremely powerful. From DNA molecules to microprocessors, “small” can have a big impact.

07 May 2018 description
report Pacific Community

A wave buoy and temperature-monitoring mooring deployed on 2nd May off Fiji’s Coral Coast will provide ocean researchers, forecasters, mariners, surfers, and the public with real-time information about wave conditions and ocean temperatures. This information is critical to coastal early warning systems and to understanding the impact of ocean warming on coral reefs.

01 May 2018 description

Fiji's north suffered a damage bill of more than $US3 million during the twin cyclones which hit last month.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International.

26 Apr 2018 description

Canada is providing assistance to the Fiji islands after two cyclones struck in one week.

Thanks to the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund, the Humanitarian Coalition, through its member Oxfam Canada, will help survivors recover and prevent the spread of disease. Oxfam will rebuild and rehabilitate sanitation facilities and provide emergency livelihood support to the most vulnerable people, particularly women and children

20 Apr 2018 description

The project is part of an initiative supporting countries and regions prone to El Nino's impacts

18 April 2018, Nadi, Fiji - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Fiji have agreed to collaborate on a project to strengthen the resilience of communities vulnerable to extreme weather events and climate change.