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Joint media release
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP
This week during Fiji's COP23 Presidency, Australia will provide additional support to key climate initiatives to help Pacific countries mitigate and adapt to climate change and meet their climate goals.
Convened under the Presidency of Fiji, the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) will make history as the first-ever small island state COP. The negotiations will take place from 6 to 17 November at the World Conference Center in Bonn.
To support the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, the Bank Group is ramping up action around key focus areas such as mobilizing climate finance and supporting vulnerable countries to build resilience to climate impacts.
Wednesday 4 October 2017 (Fiji and Pacific Islands)–“Violence against women (VAW) is a significant economic issue which carries high costs to individuals, households, the public sector, businesses and society,” said Abby Erikson, Programme Manager of UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office’s (MCO) Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) programme.
“However, we cannot lose sight of VAW as a violation of human rights - women have a right to live a life free from violence, beyond any economic justification for it,” added Ms Erikson.
OUR global village is in the middle of the 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women and Girls, a campaign period focused on promoting zero tolerance for this societal scourge.
Since 1991, the international campaign has been one of the most unifying action in this human rights issue with more than 3700 organisations in more than 160 countries actively participating annually in the campaign
19 October 2016, Suva
Reducing the negative impacts of disasters on the people of the Pacific is at the core of this year’s Pacific Resilience Week beginning in Suva, Fiji, today.
Disaster managers from 15 Pacific Island countries, disaster risk reduction experts and humanitarian response partners are coming together to help create a more disaster-resilient Pacific. They aim to strengthen national and regional collaboration on disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from disaster.
TC Winston Highlights
The Fiji Government held a series of lessons learned workshops for the overall response that culminated in a national workshop attended by partners involved in the humanitarian response. The Education and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) clusters also held their separate lessons learned review workshops.
UNICEF completed its internal After Action Review.
A school-feeding programme is running in 38 schools in worstaffected areas, benefitting nearly 6,000 students.
At least 11 countries across Asia-Pacific experienced severe weather conditions due to El Niño.
In February, Tropical Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone recorded in the South Pacific, devastated Fiji.
In DPR Korea, 18million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance – 2016 response plan severely underfunded.
Tropical Storm Roanu triggers worst flooding in Sri Lanka in 25 years; preparedness actions mitigated loss of life in Bangladesh.
Today, more than 100 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, the highest number recorded since the end of World War II; natural disasters now affect around 200 million people per year.
A quarter of this 100 million estimate are women and girls between 15 to 46 years old (reproductive age), whose very survival require specificity of approach; pregnancies and childbirths adding to their vulnerabilities.
SUAVE, Fiji, 14 September 2015 - The United Nations is urging Pacific Islanders and their governments to prepare now for a looming El Niño emergency with the potential to affect more than four million people.
“Climatologists are now unanimous in predicting that we are heading for a strong to severe El Niño event in the coming months. Some modelling is now suggesting this El Niño could be as severe as the event in 1997/98 which is the worst on record and brought severe drought to PNG and Fiji,” United Nations Resident Coordinator, Osnat Lubrani said.
(Suva, 28 October 2014): Humanitarians from across the Pacific have gathered in Suva today to strengthen disaster response and coordination in the region.
More than 120 participants are attending the 7th Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) Regional Meeting from 28-30 October 2014. The annual meeting is organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and brings together over 100 humanitarian partners in the region.
Suva, 22 October 2013 – Over 100 participants from humanitarian response organizations across the Pacific Islands have come together at the 6th Annual Pacific Humanitarian Team Regional Workshop in Suva, Fiji.
“As we head into the cyclone season, the PHT stands ready to support Pacific Island governments in times of disaster,” said Osnat Lubrani, UN Resident Coordinator in Fiji. “Each year, this workshop brings together PHT members to build upon and consolidate lessons learned from recent disaster responses and preparedness activities in the region.”
(Nadi, Fiji, 22 October 2012): Over 100 humanitarian actors from the Pacific Island region have gathered for the 5th Annual Pacific Humanitarian Team Regional Workshop in Nadi, Fiji.
The Workshop, focused on promoting international, regional and national best practice will build on the lessons learned from a number of humanitarian responses over the last twelve months including the 2011 droughts in Tuvalu and Tokelau, Tropical Cyclone Wilma that hit Vanuatu in March 2012 and the January and February 2012 Fiji floods.