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08 Mar 2018 description
report Pacific Community

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.

07 Mar 2018 description

7 March 2018

Distinguished President,
Colleagues, Friends,

A few days ago, we celebrated the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth. We spoke of his example; his fortitude, his suffering and compassion, while recalling also the declaration that he and my predecessor Mary Robinson signed in 2000 on diversity and tolerance.

20 Feb 2018 description

Situation overview

Tropical Depression (TD07) was named as Tropical Cyclone Gita on 10 February 2018. TC Gita started as a Cat 1 near Wallis and Futuna, passed through Samoa as a Cat 2 on 10 February, Niue on 11 February, Tonga as a Cat 4 on 12 February and the Southern Lau group of Fiji as Cat 4 on February 13.

18 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• On 14 February, the Government of Tonga requested UN support, through the humanitarian cluster system, to respond to the severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Gita that hit Tonga on the night of 12-13 February as a Category 4 system. In Tonga, to date, there are 108 evacuation centres for 4,500 evacuees, including 1,225 affected families in Tongatapu and 264 affected families in Eua.

15 Feb 2018 description
  • Tropical Cyclone GITA continued moving south-southwest away from Fiji and Tonga. On 15 February at 0.00 UTC, it was located 460 km south-east of Aneityum island (Vanuatu) and had maximum sustained winds of 194 km/h.

  • GITA is forecast to pass approximately 300-350 km south of Tafea group of Islands (Vanuatu) on 15 February and 200-230 km south of New Caledonia on 16 February. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge could affect these areas. Local authorities in New Caledonia have issued a Tropical Cyclone pre-alert.

13 Feb 2018 description

Suva / Kuala Lumpur / Geneva, 13 February 2018 - Red Cross volunteers and staff are on high alert as Tropical Storm Gita barrels towards Fiji, having already caused floods in Samoa and destruction in Tonga.

Fiji Red Cross has emergency response teams on standby as Gita is expected to track through the southern Lau group of islands later tonight.

13 Feb 2018 description

The situation

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Gita was initially monitored over the Pacific waters as a Tropical Depression 07F (TD07F) analyzed southeast of Vanuatu. TD07F was later upgraded to a Tropical Cyclone Category 1 as it moved South South-East affecting Samoa with heavy rain, causing flooding, and gusty winds of between 39-54 miles per hour from Friday 9 February 2018.

12 Feb 2018 description


Tropical Cyclone Gita passed Samoa on 10 February and Niue on 11 February, with damage and localized flooding reported in Samoa. TC Gita is forecast to strike Tonga on the evening of 12 February. As of 12 February, 12:00 UTC, TC Gita continues to move west as a Category 4 cyclone with winds of up to 213 km/h, it is expected to maintain this intensity as it passes over Tonga and into Fijian territorial waters. More than 80,000 people in Tonga are currently expected to be impacted by cyclone strength winds.


25 Jan 2018 description

What is the PHPC?

  • The regional Pacific Humanitarian Protection Cluster (PHPC) Support Team is a group of regional and international humanitarian organisations working together to assist Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) in preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies.

  • ‘Clusters’ are groups designated by the global Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) covering the main sectors of humanitarian action,such as protection.

19 Jan 2018 description

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.

13 Dec 2017 description

This brochure is the sixth compilation of good practices on integrating gender into humanitarian action in the Asia-Pacific region, developed on behalf of the Regional Network Working Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action. It highlights examples that support equal treatment of all before, during and after disasters, including on LGBTIQ+ rights and inclusion, the inclusion of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations in Fiji, and the transgender community in Pakistan.

01 Dec 2017 description
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The Global Humanitarian Overview

  • Is the world’s most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based assessment of humanitarian needs;

  • Is based on detailed analysis of wide-ranging data from many different sources, and face-to-face interviews with hundreds of thousands of people directly affected by humanitarian crises across the globe;

28 Nov 2017 description

The India, Brazil and South Africa Facility for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation

15 Nov 2017 description

UNFCCC COP23, Bonn, Germany – Reducing the risks from climate change and disasters would be futile if it does not reduce the risks to those who are most disproportionately impacted. 

Therefore, climate change and disaster risk reduction (CCDRR) must ensure that the protection of life, security, and dignity of all people are at the center of its activities.  

10 Nov 2017 description

By Laurie Goering

LONDON, Nov 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pacific islanders may be among the first people in the world forced to migrate as a clear result of climate change - but a range of thorny legal obstacles stands in the way of that happening successfully, researchers warned on Thursday.

Addressing those now, and putting in place a regional plan to deal with migration before it picks up speed, will be key to avoiding a future emergency, they said.

10 Nov 2017 description

A meeting of civil society organisations in Fiji last week aimed to ensure that Pacific concerns on climate change are part of a binding UN agreement on migration.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.