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31 Oct 2018 description

31 October 2018, Bangkok - In a unique partnership, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is connecting experts on coastal and river management from Deltares, a Dutch knowledge institute, with vulnerable nations in the Pacific and Africa as they develop new proposals for climate finance and build ecosystems-based climate change adaptation plans.

19 Oct 2018 description
report Pacific Community

Training for development practitioners in Kiribati has been completed this week focusing on boosting monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity to support the country’s work in climate change and disaster risk management.

17 Oct 2018 description

The need to accelerate climate change adaptation and improve multi-hazard early warning systems to increase resilience to extreme weather took centre-stage at WMO’s Regional Association for Asia and the Pacific (RAV), hosted by Tonga from 15-17 October.

17 Oct 2018 description

Pacific countries presented the status of progress in the development of their early warning systems as part of a three-year project entitled “Strengthening Hydro-meteorological and Early Warning Services in the Pacific”.

Representatives from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu provided updates at a session in Tonga on progress and priorities.

16 Oct 2018 description

Warmer temperatures and increased rainfall can pose threats to our livelihoods and health by impacting the quality of water we drink, the food we consume, and the weather we experience.

But there are also vector-borne diseases (carried by mosquitoes and other insects), and water-borne bacteria and viruses, that become prevalent during periods of high and low rainfall, which pose great health risks to local populations. For example, increased risks of contracting dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria, and other diseases.

27 Sep 2018 description

The Australian Government has reaffirmed its commitment to end the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic during a High-Level meeting at the United Nations today.

The World Health Organization estimates that around six million new cases of TB occur in the Indo-Pacific region each year.

Australia has provided more than $60 million to address TB in Papua New Guinea since 2012 and $4.7 million to support Kiribati’s National TB Program.

25 Sep 2018 description

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a boost in funding for Pacific countries to help them adapt to climate change.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

29 Aug 2018 description

SUVA, 28 August 2018 – Today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and The Pacific Community (SPC) announced a new partnership to support the strengthening of data collection and data analysis to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children, women and people with disabilities across the Pacific islands and territories.

The collection and dissemination of reliable data of children and women worldwide is vital to identify and plan for their needs and to inform policies.

10 Aug 2018 description

Suva, Fiji / Canberra, Australia, 9 August, 2018—The Government of Australia and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, have entered into a partnership with six Pacific governments to transform lives by ensuring more women and young people in the Pacific can access sexual and reproductive health services.

04 Jul 2018 description

The government of Kiribati has launched what it calls its first ever climate change policy.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

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.

07 Jun 2018 description

One child has died and nearly 500 people have become unwell in Kiribati over the last two months due to suspected dengue fever.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

17 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

SUVA, 16 April 2018 - Today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) signed a NZ$7 million agreement to support the prevention and reduction of newborn mortality in Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

16 Apr 2018 description

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon announces £2.9 million for human rights projects across the Commonwealth, with particular focus on the South Pacific and small states.

UK Minister for Human Rights today announces 3 projects to support human rights across the Commonwealth, with particular focus on the South Pacific and small states. This £2.9 million work will support member states, regional organisations and human rights institutions in promoting human rights standards across the Commonwealth, with a focus on equality and adherence to international human rights obligations.

06 Apr 2018 description

Stretching more than 3,200 kilometres east to west (a larger distance than Paris to Moscow!), and scattered across 3.5 million square kilometres, the Republic of Kiribati is made up of 33 coral atolls and islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The Pacific Logistics Cluster first began working with Kiribati in 2017 as part of strengthening overall humanitarian logistics capacity and ensuring Pacific island countries are equipped with the tools they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies, in a region becoming increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters.

04 Apr 2018 description

The Cassidy Airport Meteorological Station in Kiritimati Island was officially opened today by His Excellency the Honourable President Taneti Maamau, alongside Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (BSRP) Project Manager Mr Taito Nakalevu.

20 Mar 2018 description

SUVA, 19 March 2018 – Government participants from ten countries in the Pacific region will work with experts this week from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Pacific Community (SPC) to strengthen data collection and planning to improve the lives of the most vulnerable families and children.