Solomon Islands: Floods - Feb 2009
SIBC's North West Guadalcanal correspondent John Toki has described damages caused by the recent heavy rain and flooding as devastating.
He says with bridges and parts of road west and eastwards side of Honiara remain damaged people are badly affected.
Mr Toki says those who want to sell their garden products cannot pass through damaged bridges.
He says parents who need to pay for their children's school fees are finding it difficult since they cannot earn money from their garden products.
Mr Toki calls on Guadalcanal provincial government, parliament members and other …
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (12 November 2009) - A partnership of government and international development agencies today announced a $24 million grant package which aims to improve access to markets, health and education services among rural and urban households in Solomon Islands through an expansion of the Solomon Islands Road Improvement Project (SIRIP).
The package, comprising a $15 million grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), an initial $2.9 million from the Australian Government through the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility, and an expected $3.34 million equivalent from the …
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.
In the context of the Asia Pacific zone, its demographic, socio-economic and environmental trends, and the International Federation's strategic priorities, the Pacific region covers a vast geographical area comprising thousands of islands and atolls. The majority of Pacific island countries contend with the challenges of smallness and geographic isolation. The Pacific island countries are the most heavily aid-assisted part of the world on a per capita basis.
Training is being held in Vanuatu aimed at improving the disaster response efforts of teachers.
UNICEF and Save the Children are co-hosting a workshop in Port Vila, with delegations travelling from Fiji, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.
Donner Herder from UNICEF's Pacific headquarters in Suva told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program the training will help teachers handle children during and after a disaster.
"Children are more vulnerable," she said.
"They're not aware of what's happening in a disaster."
"Teachers need to be …
Cairns - Climate change poses an existential threat to the Pacific Island countries and may further aggravate conflicts over increasingly scarce resources, a high-level panel warned today at the Pacific Island Forum in Cairns, Australia.
"We recognize climate change to be a critical development challenge with enormous implications for the entire range of development concerns: poverty, livelihoods, food security, conflict and social cohesion, to name a few," said Ajay Chhibber, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, who is also Assistant Administrator of the United Nations …
The failure of the Pacific Islands Forum to match Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's ambitious rhetoric with meaningful action on climate change will spell further disaster for the Pacific's small island states already suffering the impacts of rising sea levels and more frequent cylones and storms, international aid agency Oxfam Australia said today.
Oxfam Australia spokesperson Kelly Dent, in Cairns during the Pacific Islands Forum, said people in the Pacific had lost an opportunity for crucial support to tackle the escalating effects of climate change.
"The Forum leaders …
Senator the Hon Penny Wong
Minister for Climate Change and Water
Stephen Smith MP
Government must listen to Pacific leaders on trade and climate change
Trade negotiations between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Pacific leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Cairns this week must not plunge Pacific people already hit by the economic crisis, food crisis and climate change further into poverty, says leading international aid agency Oxfam.
With overall growth in the Pacific expected to slow, and falls in tourism, remittances and exports resulting from the global financial crisis likely to hit hard, any new trade arrangements must prioritise development to truly benefit …
New report on climate change impacts in the Pacific highlights need for action now
An Oxfam report published today highlights that Pacific Islanders are already feeling the effects of climate change and need greater support to address the dramatic effects in the region.
The Future is Here: climate change in the Pacific documents how people are facing increasing food and water shortages, dealing with rising cases of malaria, coping with more frequent flooding and storm surges, losing land and being forced from their homes.
In response to the announcement that leaders of the Major Economies Forum had agreed to hold rising temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) today reaffirmed its call for short- and medium-term targets that would limit increases to below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Addressing a Headquarters press conference on climate change, Dessima M.
This report covers the period 1 January 2009 to 30 June 2009.
The Pacific regional office works with and supports a total of 12 national societies and two in formation in the region, including Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati Islands, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
In this reporting period, the regional office continues to engage with national societies in the region on disaster management, health and care as well as organizational …
Climate change is damaging people's lives today. Even if world leaders agree the strictest possible curbs on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the prospects are very bleak for hundreds of millions of people, most of them among the world's poorest. This paper puts the dramatic stories of some of those people alongside the latest science on the impacts of climate change on humans. Together they explain why climate change is fundamentally a development crisis.
As Prime Minister Kevin Rudd heads off to major international meetings with climate change high on the agenda this week, a new report reveals that seasons which were once distinct are shifting, destroying harvests and causing widespread hunger.
This is just one of the multiple impacts of climate change taking their toll on the world's poorest people, according to the Oxfam report 'Suffering the Science - Climate Change, People and Poverty'.
The report's release comes ahead of the G8 …
Sixty-third General Assembly
Hokkaido, Japan, 22-23 May 2009
1.The Leaders of Japan and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) countries met for the Fifth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) (hereinafter referred to as "PALM 5") from 22 to 23 May 2009 in Hokkaido, Japan. The Leaders and representatives of Japan, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu were in attendance. The Meeting was co-chaired by the Prime Minister of Japan, H.E.
Recalling the Statement on Environment in the Pacific issued at PALM 2, the Leaders of Japan and the PIF expressed their renewed commitment to pursue the shared vision of an eco-friendly Pacific.
Report 'Poverty Housing in the Developing Nations of the Pacific Islands' reveals that 40 per cent of households live in substandard conditions
BANGKOK, 21st May 2009: Habitat for Humanity is calling for governments to overhaul housing policies after the release of its poverty housing report revealed that 40 per cent of households in the Pacific Islands lack adequate shelter.
The Poverty Housing in the Developing Nations of the Pacific Islands report, which analyses housing in nine Pacific …
Post disaster assistance to communities suffering from recent strong wind damages to communities in South Malaita and East Central Guadalcanal has been temporarily halted awaiting government funding.
The National Disaster Council (NDC) has completed official procedure to address the needs of the affected communities.
A statement from the National Disaster Management Office said the delay is due mainly to current financial difficulties experienced by the government.
"The government has recently cut all ministerial budgets by ten percent and therefore this has affected all …