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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.

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.

06 Aug 2009 description
report Oxfam

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 …

04 Aug 2009 description
report Oxfam

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 …

27 Jul 2009 description
report Oxfam

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.

06 Jul 2009 description
report Oxfam

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.

06 Jul 2009 description
report Oxfam

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 …

27 May 2009 description

Officials in Papua New Guinea say bad weather has hampered relief operations after a landslide killed 19 people in the Masa area of Sialum District in Morobe province.

The tragedy is reported to have occured early on Monday after continuous rain and floods in the area.

The acting director for the National Disaster Centre, Martin Mose, says disaster officers from the city of Lae were unable to reach the disaster zone but a helicopter was sent in.

The Post Courier newspaper quotes him as saying his men have been working around the clock to bring relief supplies into the …

27 May 2009 description
report NIRAPAD

Dhaka, May 27 2009

Disaster Title: Landslides

Date of onset: 24.05.2009

Location: South-West Papua New Guinea

21 May 2009 description

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 …