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16 Nov 2017 description

Early results of Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems initiative presented at climate change conference

Vulnerable communities in Africa and the Pacific and Caribbean are now benefiting from improved early warning systems against extreme weather as part of an international drive to boost resilience and climate change adaptation. But further investments are needed to reduce the risks from hazards like tropical cyclones, floods and drought.

16 Nov 2017 description

Geneva, 16 November 2017 - Vulnerable communities in Africa, the Pacific and Caribbean are now benefiting from improved early warning systems against extreme weather as part of an international drive to boost resilience and climate change adaptation.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) over 80 percent of the world’s 48 Least Developed Countries and many small island developing States have only a basic early warning system. Weather observation networks are inadequate in many African countries.

15 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Resilient Transport Vital to Curb Disaster Losses in Small Island Developing States

Improved policies alone could reduce the impact of natural disasters on well-being by 13 to 25% in small island countries

12 Nov 2017 description

Between four and seven cyclones are expected during the 2017 - 2018 cyclone season. This represents lower than average activity. There is normal risk of severe cyclones for Vanuatu, New Caledonia,
Fiji and Samoa, while the risk is reduced for Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Samoa,
Tonga, Niue and Cook Islands.

La Niña

10 Nov 2017 description

A meeting of civil society organisations in Fiji last week aimed to ensure that Pacific concerns on climate change are part of a binding UN agreement on migration.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

10 Nov 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Vanuatu

  • Diarrhoea: Cook Islands, Vanuatu

  • Influenza-like illness: Vanuatu

Other updates

Influenza:

  • French Polynesia: Increase number of cases reported, Influenza A (H3N2) has been identified by the Institut Louis Malarde, French Polynesia. Source: French Polynesia Ministry of Health.

Dengue:

09 Nov 2017 description

Australia and New Zealand connect with UNDP and Small Island Developing States to build next-generation climate resilience projects

Einstein pointed out that “the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.” When sea-levels rise, resources run thin and politics enters the conversation, however, our comprehension of the universe can become overly complex.

This is especially true when addressing climate change impacts on the world’s Small Island Developing States.

06 Nov 2017 description

No damage or injuries have been reported in Samoa following an earthquake that hit southwest of the capital Apia at the weekend.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

03 Nov 2017 description

Week 43, ending 29 October 2017

The following syndrome was flagged this week.

Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia

Updates

Mumps Ongoing outbreaks in Vanuatu and Pohnpei and Kosrae,state (FSM).

03 Nov 2017 description
report Caritas Australia

“My country is in peril from rising seas so I am here to appeal for urgent climate action, otherwise we will lose our homes. Kiribati is going under water,” said Eri Aram.

Eri, a 28-year old father of three from Kiribati, is in Australia this week to tell the story of his country. He will then attend the UN climate summit in Germany to ensure his people are given a voice in determining future climate policy.

For Eri, forced relocation as a result of climate change is a very real and grim prospect.

01 Nov 2017 description

Staying several steps ahead of possible health impacts from weather and climate was the focus of the third Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum in Apia, Samoa at the end of September.

31 Oct 2017 description

October 31st 2017, Apia – As officials gather in Bonn for the annual COP climate talks, the Government of Samoa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today officially launched a multi-million dollar project (dubbed “IMPRESS” - “Improving the Performance and Reliability of Renewable Energy Power System in Samoa”) to enhance sustainable and cost-effective energy production in the Small Island Developing State.

27 Oct 2017 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week. 

Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia

Updates

Mumps

  • Ongoing outbreaks in Vanuatu and Pohnpei and Kosrae,state (FSM).
27 Oct 2017 description
report UN Women

Friday 27 October 2017 (Fiji and Pacific Islands) – “Given the high rates of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the Pacific, the workshop delegates strongly urge Pacific governments to prioritize addressing gender based violence (GBV) at the very outset of an emergency response alongside other lifesaving priorities,” said Ms Shamima Ali, Coordinator of Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) and Secretariat of the Pacific Network Against Violence Against Women.

25 Oct 2017 description

In the lead up to COP climate talks in Bonn, the launch of a Green Climate Fund-financed US$65 million project signals strong global support for climate-resilient development in Small Island Developing States.

25 Oct 2017 description

As of August 2017:

  • 30 out of 37 countries in the UNFPA Asia-Pacific region completed at least one violence against women (VAW) prevalence survey

  • 4 countries have completed more than one national VAW prevalence survey with comparable methods

  • 26 countries have national statistics on intimate partner violence

25 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Samoa

Outlook for Samoa

This season 2017-2018, the Samoa Meteorology Division predicts a below normal risk of 1-2 cyclones that can pass within 400km radius of Samoa based on historical tropical cyclone data, with at least 1 tropical cyclone to reach Category 3 (wind speed of at least 178km/h or 111 mph) or greater (Cat.4 – Cat.5).

24 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

24th October, 2017 Over 40 delegates from 15 countries convened in Nuku’alofa today for the inaugural Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Workshop, known as the Exercise READY ASSIT, at Tano’a International Dateline Hotel. The three-day event is co-hosted by Australia and Tonga.

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

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