Distribution of drought relief food to remote outer islands in the Marshall Islands started this week, with the government vessel MV Kwajalein being loaded with thousands of pounds of food for a Thursday departure to 10 atolls and two single islands.
A total of 4,747 people living on remote islands will receive supplemental food supplies paid for by the U.S. Agency for International Development:
By Makereta Komai in Frankfurt, Germany
Six Pacific Island Countries will receive a 100 percent increase in their annual grants from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), from next year.
This has been made possible with the ground breaking initiative by the Bank to merge its lending operation, the Asian Development Fund (ADF) and its Ordinary Capital Resources (OCR), boosting its total annual lending and grant to as high as US$20 billion.
By Pita Ligaiula in Niue
The United States today announced a US$5 million climate change project for the Pacific in the next five years.
The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Fiji, Judith Beth Cefkin at the Pacific Community (SPC) Conference underway in Alofi.
“The US is very committed to work with fellow members of the Pacific Community to increase resilience of the peoples of the Pacific particularly adapting to and mitigating global climate change and promoting sustainable inclusive economic development
By Stephen Howes
This week, senior Labor politicians – Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, deputy Tanya Plibersek and Immigration spokesman Richard Marles – are visiting the Pacific Island countries of Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands and Kiribati.
It must be one of the highest-level government or opposition delegations from Australia to the Pacific. Labor leaders are to be commended for the interest they are showing in our immediate region.
Marshall Islands foreign minister Tony de Brum failed to attend this week’s key climate change talks in Morroco due to climate change related storm that affected the Pacific nation.
This week’s INDC Ministerial Forum in Morocco and next week’s final round of officials-level negotiations in Bonn is to discuss a new international agreement on climate change, due to be adopted in Paris in mid-December
Last weekend’s high-level dialogue on climate-induced migration was held in Ambo, Kiribati. It provided a successful forum for discussing threats to Pacific atoll nations that lie at the forefront of climate change, particularly sea level rise.
A key outcome was that relocation from atoll nations is a response of last resort, rejecting the “climate refugee” connotation.
At least four million people in the Pacific face hunger, water shortages and risk of disease this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.
By Online Editor
6:22 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2014, Ethiopia
Reports by PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula in Addis Ababa
Climate Change in the Pacific receives more funding from donors than food security, according to a regional government official.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)’s Food Security Technical officer, Gibson Susumu said there is a need for climate change and food security to be given same priority in terms of funding.