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08 Feb 2018 description

08 February 2018, Geneva, Switzerland – Britain´s Science Minister Sam Gyimah today announced the launch of 10 new projects to improve disaster response and tropical disease control using space-based technologies.

07 Feb 2018 description

NADI – Humanitarian responders from six Pacific Island nations came together this week to improve how they prepare for and respond to natural disasters, fine-tuning their leadership and coordination skills. A two-and-a-half-day emergency simulation helped responders learn from each other and master the latest global best practices in emergency food security response.

05 Feb 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Severe weather update and Tropical low advice still in force for the Solomon Islands

  • Chances of cyclone developing downgraded to low

  • Reported wind damage to houses in Malaita, Renbel, Isabel, and Makira provinces

  • Reported flood damage to food gardens in Malaita, Renbel, Isabel, and Makira provinces

  • Priority Provinces are Renbel, Makira, Guadalcanal, Malaita, and Isabel

1. SITUATION OVERVIEW

General Situation

01 Feb 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

CCP/126
31 JANVIER 2018

Le Comité d’organisation de la Commission de consolidation de la paix (CCP) a élu par acclamation, aujourd’hui, le Représentant permanent de la Roumanie, M. Ion Jinga, à la tête de la Commission, dont l’une des cinq priorités sera le renforcement de son rôle consultatif auprès du Conseil de sécurité.  « Le rehaussement du rôle de la Commission dépend de sa bonne relation avec le Conseil, dans le respect de ses compétences », a-t-il dit.

31 Jan 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

PBC/126
31 JANUARY 2018

Convening its first 2018 meeting amid several major shifts in the United Nations peacebuilding architecture, the Peacebuilding Commission today elected Ion Jinga (Romania) as Chair of its twelfth session, while also adopting a workplan aimed at expanding the Commission’s work and building synergies both within and beyond the United Nations system.

Elected as Vice‑Chairs for the same period were the representatives of Germany and the Republic of Korea.

25 Jan 2018 description

There were no syndromes flagged this week

Other updates:

Diarrhoea

• There is an outbreak in Kiribati. As of 22 January 2018 there have been 561 cases of diarrhoea since 7 December 2017. Majority of the cases are less than 4 years of age. There have been two hospitalised cases and no associated deaths. Six out nineteen samples testing rotavirus positive using Rapid Diagnostic Kits. There have been continuous health promotion activities in the affected areas. Source: Ministry of Health & Medical Services.

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.

22 Jan 2018 description

Logistics Cluster engagement begins in the North Pacific

PROJECTS STARTED IN REPUBLIC OF MARSHALL ISLANDS (RMI), FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA (FSM), PALAU & KIRIBATI

1 Regional Pacific Logistics Cluster & ETC joint workshop

HELD IN PORT VILA, VANUATU 104 ATTENDEES FROM 35 AGENCIES & 12 COUNTRIES

Supported 7 regional events

FIJI: LONG REACH; DREE; PACIFIC HUMANITARIAN PARTNERSHIP (PHP) MEETING

NEW ZEALAND: SOUTHERN KATIPO; NGO DISASTER RELIEF FORUM MEETING

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.

17 Jan 2018 description

Project Highlights

Coordination & Information Management

• Support on the Ambae Emergency Evacuation response: World Food Programme was one of the only three agencies (along with IOM and IFRC) requested to provide technical support for the Vanuatu government-led Ambae response.
A WFP Logistics Officer was deployed and took on a mentoring role to support the nationally led, provincially focused logistics response.

12 Jan 2018 description

KEY FACTS & FIGURES

Establishment of Pacific Shelter Cluster: 2012, Fiji: 2012, Solomon Islands: 2014, Vanuatu: 2014, Tonga, Samoa, Marshall Islands: in process Recent activations: Feb 2016 TC Winston in Fiji, March 2015 TC Pam in Vanuatu.

Recent national responses with regional support and number of people reached with emergency shelter:

Dec 2016
Makira EQ/tsunami in Solomon Islands 5,004

May 2017
TC Donna in Vanuatu 2,564

12 Jan 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Vanuatu

Other updates:

Dengue

• A dengue outbreak was declared on 3 January 2018 in the Macuata subdivision, the Northern Health Division of Fiji. The largest age group affected is the 20-39 years old. The dengue serotype has not been identified. Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services and Media

22 Dec 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Cook Islands, Vanuatu

• Prolonged fever: Marshall Islands

Other updates:

Dengue

• There is a dengue serotype-2 outbreak in Samoa. As of 18 December there have been 1,788 cases since August 2017, including four deaths. The most affected age group is those under 19 years of age. There continues to be efforts for reduction of mosquito breeding sites. Source: Samoa MoH Dengue outbreak Situation Report No.2

14 Dec 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia, Palau, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu • Prolonged fever: Vanuatu

Other updates:

Dengue

• There is a dengue serotype-2 outbreak in Samoa. As of 3 December there have been 1,522 cases since August 2017, including four deaths. There continues to be efforts for reduction of mosquito breeding sites. Source: Samoa MoH Dengue outbreak Situation Report No.1. Please refer to PacNet posting on 14 December for further information.

13 Dec 2017 description

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has released the 16th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.