11/03/2018 Wotje, Marshall Islands With the effects of climate change and extreme weather events disproportionately affecting people in the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the support of the Marshall Islands government is providing emergency aid to some of the Marshall Islands remote atolls hit hardest by drought.
This International Women’s Day, a new EUR18.2 million regional programme to improve gender equality and address violence against women and girls is being announced.
The new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) brings together governments, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG), and increase access to quality response services for survivors.
COOK ISLANDS, February 20, 2018 – In the wake of Cyclone Gita, the government of Tonga received a US$3.5 million payout from the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) based on its insurance cover against tropical cyclones. Funds were transferred after seven days of the cyclone event, providing the government with rapid-response financing to support disaster-relief efforts and effective service delivery to the affected areas
Logistics Cluster engagement begins in the North Pacific
PROJECTS STARTED IN REPUBLIC OF MARSHALL ISLANDS (RMI), FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA (FSM), PALAU & KIRIBATI
1 Regional Pacific Logistics Cluster & ETC joint workshop
HELD IN PORT VILA, VANUATU 104 ATTENDEES FROM 35 AGENCIES & 12 COUNTRIES
Supported 7 regional events
FIJI: LONG REACH; DREE; PACIFIC HUMANITARIAN PARTNERSHIP (PHP) MEETING
NEW ZEALAND: SOUTHERN KATIPO; NGO DISASTER RELIEF FORUM MEETING
Drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanoes, and civil unrest, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
GENEVA, Jan 19 2018 (IOM) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for nearly USD 1.4 billion to address the needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries in 2018. These vital funds will support people displaced within the borders of their own countries, migrants, refugees and the communities that host them, people returning to their areas of origin and people experiencing or recovering from conflict and natural disasters.
Coordination & Information Management
• Support on the Ambae Emergency Evacuation response: World Food Programme was one of the only three agencies (along with IOM and IFRC) requested to provide technical support for the Vanuatu government-led Ambae response.
A WFP Logistics Officer was deployed and took on a mentoring role to support the nationally led, provincially focused logistics response.
Island communities in the Pacific region depend on biodiversity for their livelihoods and well-being.
Biodiversity is a valuable resource. The world benefits from biodiversity and associated local traditional knowledge, so when these are exploited by parties with large financial resources – for example for the manufacture of pharmaceuticals – source countries need to be compensated.
UN Environment and others are working to ensure that benefits from the use of such resources are used to protect environments and the people who rely on them.
Disaster systems in FSM and Kosrae State were put to the test this summer!
KEY FACTS & FIGURES
Establishment of Pacific Shelter Cluster: 2012, Fiji: 2012, Solomon Islands: 2014, Vanuatu: 2014, Tonga, Samoa, Marshall Islands: in process Recent activations: Feb 2016 TC Winston in Fiji, March 2015 TC Pam in Vanuatu.
Recent national responses with regional support and number of people reached with emergency shelter:
Makira EQ/tsunami in Solomon Islands 5,004
TC Donna in Vanuatu 2,564
An abundance of scientific climate research and recent events clearly indicate that many Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are vulnerable to natural hazards. The economic impacts of cyclones, droughts and tsunamis show why governments need disaster risk finance and insurance strategies to protect against fiscal shocks.
Talofa from SPREP
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 29 2017 (IPS) - The 1951 UN convention on political refugees– which never foresaw the phenomenon of climate change– permits refugee status only if one “has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.”
But a proposal for an amendment to that Convention—or an optional protocol — to include a new category of “environmental refugees” has failed to get off the ground.
The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company, which was established a year ago, is providing $US45 million dollars in insurance cover for five Pacific Island countries for the coming cyclone season.
Read more on Radio New Zealand International
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.
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.
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.
By Giff Johnson
The sobering statistic that the growth of one in three Marshall Islands children is stunted has propelled President Hilda Heine and the Marshall Islands government to launch a major effort to improve early childhood nutrition and health status.
Read more on Radio New Zealand International.
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.
SUVA, Fiji, Nov 8 2017 (IPS) - In the Pacific, climate change is an ever-present threat, undermining human rights, livelihoods, and security. Pacific Islanders are working with courage and resolve to build the resilience of their communities and to catalyse international actions towards ending global carbon pollution.