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21 Dec 2012 description

Australia is assisting Pacific nations better prepare for natural disasters and extreme weather, with a focus on building resilience throughout the region to the impacts of climate change.

Australia’s funding includes:

  • $32 million over the next four years to support 14 Pacific countries to use local weather, climate and sea level data to plan for unusual and extreme weather

  • $16 million over the next four years to help Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga build their resilience to natural disasters

11 Dec 2012 description

AusAID has observed International Human Rights Day by announcing the names and details of projects that will receive funding under its 2012 Human Rights Grant Scheme. A total of $3.7 million will be provided to 42 projects spanning the Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean.

Successful applicants include organisations working to improve access to victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Congo, ending the exploitation of children in the Solomon Islands, combatting human trafficking in Cambodia and improving awareness of civil rights in Myanmar.

21 Nov 2012 description

East Asian leaders have agreed to form an alliance with Pacific nations to accelerate the fight against malaria and overcome the emergence of drug-resistant strains of the disease.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, speaking in Phnom Penh at the East Asia Summit, committed $1 million to support the establishment of an Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance.

Prime Minister Gillard said the Alliance will promote regional political leadership and collaboration on combating malaria.

05 Nov 2012 description

In this issue:

  • UN-SPIDER at a glance
  • UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Solomon Islands concluded
  • UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Mozambique concluded
  • VALID project: Results of Stakeholder Assessment Part I available
  • UN-SPIDER organizes side-event at 2012 AMCDRR

News from our Regional Support Offices

  • RSO in Iran celebrates World Space Week 2012
  • CATHALAC analyses Mangrove Cover of Guatemala

News from our Community

02 Nov 2012 description

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Australia will spend more than $100 million over the next four years to help reduce deaths and illness from malaria in the Asia-Pacific region.

Senator Carr announced the funding at Malaria2012: Saving Lives in the Asia Pacific conference in Sydney.

He is co-hosting the ministerial action meeting with the United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for Malaria, Ray Chambers.

02 Oct 2012 description

Australia and the World Bank Group Partnership: Unlocking potential, achieving results

This report highlights the achievements of the Australia – World Bank Group Partnership.

Unlocking potential, achieving results - online version

Headline results in 2012

  • Access to finance provided to more than 500,000 people in the Pacific.

01 Oct 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Catherine Wilson

BRISBANE, Australia, Oct 1 2012 (IPS) - Climate activist Wanita Limpus, from the low-lying island nation of Kiribati in the Central Pacific Ocean, says the outcome of the Rio+20 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in June was a serious letdown for small, developing island states.

Half of the 10 million people of the Pacific islands reside within 1.5 km of the coastline, and Limpus stressed that climate change and rising sea levels were not a prediction but a reality threatening human security now.

14 Sep 2012 description

A new, frontline treatment is being developed for the millions of children who get Malaria each year.

Malaria can be fatal - but even those that survive it can suffer from life-long disastrous side-effects.

The mosquito-borne disease can attack the brain and central nervous system.

The new method of treatment is an anal suppository for children that wards off brain damage.

It is hoped the treatment can be used by those in remote areas to buy time for children, until they can be taken to hospital.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

30 Jun 2012 description

In this issue

Featured Stories

  • Supporting Climate Change Adaption in Asia Pacific
    Stories from Philippines
    Solomon Islands
    Videos from Asia Pacfic
    Photostory from Cambodia

  • Strengthening Climate Early Warning Systems Across Africa in Support of Climate Resilient Development

  • A Fresh Crop: Exciting Adaptation Initiatives Take Hold in Sudan

Portfolio Information

04 Jun 2012 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Pacific Islands: Acting Today for Tomorrow will Save Lives and Reduce Economic Losses


In Sydney:
Aleta Moriarty + 61 2 9235 6545, amoriarty@worldbank.org Laura Keenan, +61 2 9235 6547, lkeenan@worldbank.org

World Bank report looks at Building Climate and Disaster Resilience in One of World’s Most Vulnerable Regions

11 May 2012 description

Asia-Pacific actions to address climate change will have global impact

Jakarta -- Countries in Asia and the Pacific are at a crossroads and must now strike a balance between rising prosperity and rising emissions. Their success or failure will have repercussions worldwide, predicts a new report released today by the United Nations Development Programme.

07 May 2012 description
report Save the Children

Niger is the worst place on the planet to be a mum, new research published today by Save the Children has found.

The West African country, one of the world’s poorest, has replaced Afghanistan at the bottom of the children’s charity’s annual State of the World’s Mothers ranking.

The index compares conditions for mothers in 165 countries around the globe, looking at factors such as mother's health, education and economic status, as well as critical child indicators such as health and nutrition.

27 Mar 2012 description
report UN Women

For women, who have long been invisible during and after conflict, truth-seeking is an opportunity to have their experiences recognised and their roles understood, as survivors and agents of change.

11 Jan 2012 description
report IRIN

BANGKOK, 11 January 2012 (IRIN) - Findings that a one-time oral treatment to cure yaws, a neglected tropical disease, is as effective as the currently recommended penicillin injection have prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to convene a meeting on how the disease may be wiped out.