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24 Oct 2017 description

Introduction

This year’s State of the Environment for Oceania report focuses on people’s changing relationship with the seas that surround us, and how Oceania communities and governments are responding to today’s environmental challenges.

Beneath the surface of the waves, the temperature, volume and chemistry of our oceans is changing. A major report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature said the world is ‘completely unprepared’ for the impact of warming oceans on marine life, ecosystems, and people.

23 Oct 2017 description

By Catherine Wilson

PAPAGU, Solomon Islands, Oct 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three years ago, thousands of farmers living on the flat fertile plains of Guadalcanal, the largest island in this South Pacific nation, watched their homes and crops washed away by the strongest torrential rain and flooding they had ever seen.

Now the government is working on new legislation aimed at lowering the risks of that happening again, in part by merging efforts to adapt to climate change and reduce disaster risks in a bid to make development efforts more resilient.

23 Oct 2017 description

The authorities in Solomon Islands have urged people on islands near an erupting volcano to stay indoors and protect their water supplies.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

21 Oct 2017 description

The first tsunami drill at schools in the Solomon Islands mobilized nearly 400 students and teachers, testing the schools’ emergency management plans and newly constructed evacuation routes.

The tsunami evacuation drill was held in two schools - Titiana Community High School and Babanga Primary school, in the tsunami-prone Western Province. It was supported by the government of Solomon Islands and Japan, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

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.

15 Oct 2017 description

Week 41, ending 15 October 2017

The following syndrome has been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Kiribati, Fiji and Federated State of Micronesia Diarrhoea: Marshall Islands

12 Oct 2017 description

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.

10 Oct 2017 description
report Shelter Cluster

Introduction

This document provides an overview of responses to the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) online survey, conducted in preparation for the annual GSC Meeting. Findings are based on a total of 106 responses, as of 26 September 2017.

Participant profile

08 Oct 2017 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week. 

Acute Fever and Rash: Kiribati 
Prolonged Fever: Kiribati

Updates

Typhoid fever

  • Fiji: There have been 13 cases on Moturiki isands in the Eastern health division of Fiji. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is working on Moturiki Islands to create awareness on the necessary preventive measure including safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Source: MHMS and media
04 Oct 2017 description

What is the Pacific Humanitarian Team?

The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a network of humanitarian organizations that work together to assist the Pacific Island countries in preparing for and responding to disasters.

01 Oct 2017 description

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).

01 Oct 2017 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week. 

Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji

Updates

Mumps:

  • Outbreaks are ongoing in Vanuatu and Kosrae state (FSM) and Hawaii

Conjunctivitis

  • Marshall Islands: there were 65 cases reported for the week ending 1 October 2017. Source: RMI CD weekly report No. 39

30 Sep 2017 description

This final report provides an overview of the operation which concluded on 31 May 2017. An allocation of CHF 161,163 was made from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 9 December 2016 of which CHF 141,516 was utilized. The balance of CHF 19,647 will be returned to the DREF. On behalf of the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society, the IFRC would like to thank the Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government for the generous contribution to the replenishment of this disaster relief emergency fund (DREF).

A. Situation analysis

30 Sep 2017 description

EDITORIAL

Greetings from Apia,

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.

29 Sep 2017 description

UNDP highlights success stories in gender-responsive climate resilience

Women will play an essential role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, protecting our planet’s natural resources, and building a climate-resilient future for generations to come, according to case studies and analysis presented in a new Gender Impact website from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

29 Sep 2017 description

Introduction: Message from the Director General

I am pleased to introduce the Annual Report for 2016 and Director General’s Overview of Progress since the 27th SPREP Meeting held in Niue in September, 2016. It has been another successful year of implementation and results in support of Pacific island countries and territories.

SPREP Strategic Plan 2017–2026

23 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/11951

Assemblée générale Plénière
Soixante-douzième session, 15e à 18e séances plénières, Matin, après-midi & soir

L’action commune est le moyen le plus efficace de réaliser un développement et d’atteindre une paix qui bénéficient à tous, ont reconnu la quarantaine de dirigeants qui sont intervenus lors de cette quatrième journée du débat annuel de l’Assemblée générale. À un moment de l’histoire jugé décisif, le débat a revêtu un caractère souvent sombre en mettant l’accent sur les changements climatiques, les inégalités et le terrorisme.

23 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11951

General Assembly Plenary
Seventy-second Session, 15th to 18th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

The interdependence of States and the benefits of joint action must be recognized and reaffirmed, the General Assembly heard today, as speakers debated the value of multilateralism in addressing pressing global challenges, ranging from inequality to climate change.

23 Sep 2017 description

SG/SM/18718-ENV/DEV/1812

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks, as prepared for delivery, at a meeting with Pacific Island Forum leaders, in New York today:

Thank you very much, Prime Minister Tuilaepa, for convening this annual meeting and for your leadership as Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum. I thank Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum, for her contribution to creating a strong partnership between our two organizations. And I thank you all for making such long journeys to be here at the United Nations.

19 Sep 2017 description

While currently known as a relatively stable part of the world, the Pacific is no stranger to the devastating impacts of conflict. In recent decades both the Solomon Islands and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville have experienced internal strife, while communities in the PNG Highlands continue to deal with the humanitarian consequences of inter-tribal violence.

These conflicts illustrate the necessity for all countries in all regions – whether at peace or war – to know and support the humanitarian laws designed to put limits on warfare.