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26 May 2016 description

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has been presented with the West Papua Fact Finding Mission Report titled "We Will Lose Everything" by PIANGO’s executive director, Emele Duituturaga.

Duituturaga presented the report to Ban Ki Moon during day two of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The report was received by the assistant Secretary General.

Duituturaga who captured the handing over in a photograph said she was privileged to have had a brief exchange with Ban at the end of the summit.

24 May 2016 description

Fijian Prime Minister Vorereqe Bainimarama has appealed to world leaders attending the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Turkey to give climate change adaptation funding the overriding priority it deserves.

Speaking at the opening of the Leader's Dialogue, Bainimarama stressed the issue should be highlighted in all forums of the world.

18 May 2016 description

From outer space they are tiny and isolated dots on the oceans, green and brown pinpricks on a vast canvas of blue.

But at the global climate talks, the coalition of countries classed as small island states are moral titans, fighting a battle they believe is for survival.

Vulnerable and vocal, 14 of the 16 countries to have ratified the UN’s new global climate pact belong to this 44-strong group, known by the acronym AOSIS, the Alliance of Small Island States.

11 Feb 2016 description

Climate forecasters are predicting below normal rainfall levels for several Pacific Island nations over the next three months on top of an already unusually dry period.

New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) says New Caledonia and Vanuatu, which have recently experienced well below normal rainfall levels in some areas, will continue to experience below normal levels.

In what might be a slight reprieve for Papua New Guinea, which has borne the brunt of El Niño, the forecast is for normal or below normal rainfall.

05 Nov 2015 description

By Pita Ligaiula in Niue

The United States today announced a US$5 million climate change project for the Pacific in the next five years.

The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Fiji, Judith Beth Cefkin at the Pacific Community (SPC) Conference underway in Alofi.

“The US is very committed to work with fellow members of the Pacific Community to increase resilience of the peoples of the Pacific particularly adapting to and mitigating global climate change and promoting sustainable inclusive economic development

05 Nov 2015 description

By Stephen Howes

This week, senior Labor politicians – Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, deputy Tanya Plibersek and Immigration spokesman Richard Marles – are visiting the Pacific Island countries of Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands and Kiribati.

It must be one of the highest-level government or opposition delegations from Australia to the Pacific. Labor leaders are to be commended for the interest they are showing in our immediate region.

14 Oct 2015 description

Last weekend’s high-level dialogue on climate-induced migration was held in Ambo, Kiribati. It provided a successful forum for discussing threats to Pacific atoll nations that lie at the forefront of climate change, particularly sea level rise.

A key outcome was that relocation from atoll nations is a response of last resort, rejecting the “climate refugee” connotation.

06 Oct 2015 description

At least four million people in the Pacific face hunger, water shortages and risk of disease this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.

19 Mar 2015 description

By Online Editor 4:22 pm GMT+12, 17/03/2015, Papua New Guinea

National leaders from the Pacific region should establish an insurance cover against natural disasters as a relief for their countries, Opposition Leader Don Polye said Tuesday.

He made the remark in light of the devastation caused by tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and effects of the wet season in some parts of PNG where infrastructure, homes and lives were destroyed.

Polye said the Pacific leaders should push for this agenda with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

19 Mar 2015 description

By Online Editor 8:17 pm GMT+12, 18/03/2015, Vanuatu

On 13 and 14 March 2015, Vanuatu – a small Pacific country – have faced one of its most devastating natural disasters on record. Tropical cyclone Pam, of category 5, traversed the island archipelago with sustained winds of 330KM/hr, torrential rains and storm surge that have caused cataclysmic losses.

10 Oct 2014 description

By Pita Ligaiula in Paramaribo, Suriname

Agricultural experts from the Caribbean Tuesday say the rise in sea temperatures brought about by the impacts of climate change is affecting fish and livestock.

Deputy executive director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Susan Singh-Renton, told participants at the Climate Change workshop, that as the sea temperature rises, species of fish found in the region may move from their natural habitat.

08 Oct 2014 description

By Pita Ligaiula in Paramaribo, Suriname

The Caribbean is not immune from the impacts of Climate Change with its farmers and fishermen are already feeling the effects from damages to its extensive coastlines.

11 Sep 2014 description

By Online Editor

5:02 pm GMT+12, 10/09/2014, Samoa

At the end of the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa, the SAMOA Pathway was adopted as the blueprint for the sustainable development of more than 50 member countries of the United Nations categorized as SIDS. PACNEWS Editor, Makereta Komai caught up with UNISDR Executive Director, Margareta Wahlstrom in Apia and discussed the impact of the SAMOA Pathway on the important global processes underway culminating in the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals next year.

02 Sep 2014 description

By PACNEWS Editor, Makereta Komai in Samoa

Early lessons gained from a regional project to strengthen the link between National Meteorological Service and the communities indicate the need to communicate weather information and how it impacts the population in a simple and timely manner.

Part of the strategy is to allow people at the community level to take ownership of the information and empower their people to make choices that will protect them in any extreme weather event.

02 Sep 2014 description

By PACNEWS Editor Makereta Komai in Samoa

Leaders of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been challenged to priorities investment in their meteorology and climate services because the end profit saves lives and properties.

That’s the advice of Cuba’s Weather Forecasting Services director, Dr Jose Rubeira, whose 20 years experience and strategies have saved thousands of lives and millions of dollars in economic losses.

27 Aug 2014 description

Opinion by Han Seung-soo

For decades, small island countries have been warning the world about the consequences of climate change. While many countries have been debating whether climate change is even happening or who is to blame, small islands have just had to deal with its impact, from extreme weather to rising sea levels and increasing environmental vulnerability.

04 Jul 2014 description

By Online Editor 12:46 pm GMT+12, 03/07/2014, Kiribati Kiribati is set to host a climate change meeting next week of atoll nations to consolidate their stance as frontline and most vulnerable states in the face of climate change, according to a report from the Office of the President in Tarawa.

For these frontline nations, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu, climate change is an issue of security and survival.

They are meeting under an affiliation known as the Coalition of Atoll Nations on Climate Change (CANCC).

22 May 2014 description

By Online Editor 6:29 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2014, Ethiopia

Reports by PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula in Addis Ababa

Pacific Island Countries have encouraged to plant crops that are resilient to impacts of climate change and natural disasters.

Women in Business Development Executive Director, Adi Maimalaga Tafuna'I says farmers should ensure there is food to eat if disaster strikes.

“What we are trying to do is make sure our farmers have enough food to eat and enough surplus they can sell.

22 May 2014 description

By Online Editor
6:22 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2014, Ethiopia

Reports by PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula in Addis Ababa

Climate Change in the Pacific receives more funding from donors than food security, according to a regional government official.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)’s Food Security Technical officer, Gibson Susumu said there is a need for climate change and food security to be given same priority in terms of funding.