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24 Mar 2011 description

Bangkok -- Within five minutes of receiving alerts about a possible tsunami from the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan on 11 March, more than 120,000 of an exposed coastal community in the Philippines, 2,000 kilometres south, were put on stand-by.

While the Philippines' province of Albay was hit only by non-destructive waves, some 108,000 people in 150 coastal districts were evacuated under a tsunami warning system, part of national disaster management supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

"With Pacific rim countries …

30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme summary: The Pacific region experienced both large and small disasters in 2009. In the first two months of the year, Pacific Red Cross national societies responded to flooding in Fiji caused by a tropical depression; flooding caused by sea swells in Papua New Guinea and Kiribati; and devastating bushfires in Australia. Later in the year, teams were mobilized to provide immediate relief and ongoing psychological support to survivors of the sinking of the Princess Ashika Ferry in Tonga.

30 Apr 2010 description
report IRIN

PORT MORESBY, 30 April 2010 (IRIN) - Storms are set to intensify in Papua New Guinea (PNG), specialists warn, as the Pacific island nation grapples with the effects of climate change.

The country is already highly prone to natural disasters - including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, cyclones, river and coastal flooding, landslides, and drought.

"As ocean surface temperatures rise, storms will increase in intensity.

13 Apr 2010 description

New Zealand Red Cross aid worker Steve Davis was more surprised than anyone when a series of earthquakes struck off the Solomon Islands on Sunday.

As part of ongoing disaster relief and recovery, Christchurch man Steve Davis was deployed to the Solomon Islands last Friday to assess Red Cross progress after a spate of disasters in the area including earthquakes, a tsunami and tropical cyclones.

Mr Davis says he was taken by surprise during the shake up, but says the timing is good from an aid perspective.

"Without effective and reliable IT and telecommunications support, …

04 Jan 2010 description

Natural disasters are not one-off events so require a more integrated, long-term response, writes Robert Tickner.

THE past five years have been bracketed by the most devastating natural disasters in the region's history: the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, which claimed the lives of 226,000 people across 14 countries and the unprecedented triple punch of an earthquake, tsunami and typhoon three months ago. These disasters understandably received blanket media coverage, outlining the unfolding catastrophe, the mounting human toll, and then the extensive humanitarian relief effort.

30 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 July 2009 to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme summary:

The last six months have been marked by a number of small and large scale disasters in the Pacific region. The Red Cross Societies of Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji have responded to the needs of communities affected by a devastating earthquake and tsunami, a sunken Ferry, a triple epidemic (cholera, dysentery and influenza), a volcano eruption, floods and a cyclone.

16 Dec 2009 description

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid, and in particular Article 2(f) and Article 15(2) thereof;

Whereas:

(1) The Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, particularly exposed to natural disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, tidal surges, landslides, flash floods, droughts, forest fires, volcano eruptions, as well as epidemics;

(2) Local communities are particularly vulnerable …

11 Dec 2009 description

An IFAD documentary "The President's Dilemma," at film festival in Copenhagen

Copenhagen and Rome, December 11, 2009 - One country that scientists predict will have disappeared under rising sea levels within the next 30-50 years is the island state of Kiribati.

Anote Tong is President of a small nation - a group of 33 atoll islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, half-way between Australia and Hawaii. Tong is faced with a dilemma the likes of which most government leaders couldn't image.

10 Dec 2009 description

Audio: Kiribati - A Climate Change Reality

Boobu Tioram stood on the beach and gestured toward a point about 20 metres into the sea and explained that his first house once stood on a spot now covered in swelling ocean waves.

08 Dec 2009 description

A new IOM study that assesses existing evidence on migration and the environment as the world rediscovers the issue after a decade of neglect, has underlined the need for more to be done to tackle internal and cross-border movement from climate change and environmental degradation.

Although data on the issue is highly unreliable, Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Assessing the Evidence, finds that large-scale human movement from climate change and environmental degradation is not only inevitable …

28 Nov 2009 description

Port of Spain Climate Change Consensus

The Challenge of Our Time

1. Climate change is the predominant global challenge. We convened a Special Session on Climate Change in Port of Spain to discuss our profound concern about the undisputed threat that climate change poses to the security, prosperity, economic and social development of our people. For many it is deepening poverty and affecting the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. For some of us, it is an existential threat.

2.

28 Nov 2009 description
report UN News Service

Holding out for a 'perfect' deal at next month's climate change summit in Copenhagen could result in there being no agreement at all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling on all States to get behind a deal that is as ambitious as possible but also has broad international support.

In an address to the Commonwealth summit meeting with small island developing States, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Mr.

26 Nov 2009 description
  • Small island states seen threatened by rising sea levels

    * Commonwealth leaders to debate climate theme in Trinidad

    * Meeting is last big summit before U.N. climate talks

    * U.N.

26 Nov 2009 description

Rome, 26 November 2009 - Climate change is projected to impact heavily on agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the Pacific islands, leading to increased food insecurity and malnutrition, FAO warned today ahead of the UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen. The agency urged governments and donors to immediately start implementing robust and action-oriented climate change adaptation plans for all Pacific islands.

Climate change is expected to act as a "threat multiplier" in a region that is already under severe ecological and economic stress, according to the FAO policy …

26 Nov 2009 description

Executive summary

This brief has been prepared for the UN Convention on Climate Change meeting in Copenhagen, December 2009, to raise awareness of the imminent impacts of climate change on food security in Pacific island countries and territories and to urge participants to consider the importance of mainstreaming food security in climate-related policies, strategies and programmes.

By providing a snapshot of the imminent impacts of climate change on food security in Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), this report illustrates the need to mainstream food security within …

04 Nov 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/SHC/3964

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Third Committee
38th & 39th Meetings (AM & PM)

High Commissioner for Refugees Says Trends Causing Crises to Multiply; Means Humanitarian Action Operating in Difficult International Environment

Five "mega-trends" -- population growth, urbanization, climate change, migration and food, water and energy insecurity –- made contemporary forms of displacement increasingly complex, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today.

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half of the world's population, the majority of whom are poor and among the most disadvantaged in the world. Some 600 million women, men and children in the region live below the USD 1 a day poverty line, while 1.8 billion survive on less than USD 2 a day. Compounding the situation, the region is also highly disaster-prone. The diversity, scale and frequency of natural disasters across the region are daunting.

25 Sep 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/10863

Sixty-fourth General Assembly GA/10863
Plenary
7th & 8th Meetings (AM & PM)

In Recorded Vote, Member States Block Address by President of Madagascar

Championing their struggle to rebuild strife-torn nations and secure peace and long-term development, several leaders of the global South today appealed to the General Assembly for broad support to help them staunch terrorism, further entrench democracy and ensure that hard-won electoral gains would not be lost.

24 Sep 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/10862

Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Plenary
5th & 6th Meetings (AM & PM)

To effectively tackle terrorism, entrenched poverty and the threat of weapons proliferation, a more equitable multilateral system that valued diversity and fostered a "climate of dialogue" was urgently needed, world leaders attending the General Assembly's annual debate stressed today, as they pushed for a more democratic United Nations.

23 Sep 2009 description

Introduction

Over the last 15 years there has been a considerable amount of international discussion and debate on the subject of early warning systems.