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17 Oct 2018 description

The need to accelerate climate change adaptation and improve multi-hazard early warning systems to increase resilience to extreme weather took centre-stage at WMO’s Regional Association for Asia and the Pacific (RAV), hosted by Tonga from 15-17 October.

17 Oct 2018 description

Pacific countries presented the status of progress in the development of their early warning systems as part of a three-year project entitled “Strengthening Hydro-meteorological and Early Warning Services in the Pacific”.

Representatives from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu provided updates at a session in Tonga on progress and priorities.

16 Oct 2018 description

Warmer temperatures and increased rainfall can pose threats to our livelihoods and health by impacting the quality of water we drink, the food we consume, and the weather we experience.

But there are also vector-borne diseases (carried by mosquitoes and other insects), and water-borne bacteria and viruses, that become prevalent during periods of high and low rainfall, which pose great health risks to local populations. For example, increased risks of contracting dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria, and other diseases.

12 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Samoa

(PRESS SECRETARIAT); The Government of Samoa through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment today launched its National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) 2017-2020 together with Samoa’s National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Management (NAP for DRM) 2017-2021.

11 Oct 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Samoa

• Influenza-like illness: Northern Marianna Islands

Other Update:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

08 Oct 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Mariana Is, Samoa
  • Dengue-like illness: French Polynesia, Palau

Other Updates:

Polio

04 Oct 2018 description
report Caritas

The Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania Report: Waters of Life, Oceans of Mercy - Releases today

Climate action should prioritise the poor – Caritas Report

In its fifth environment report for Oceania, Caritas has called for an integrated approach to tackling climate change that prioritises the needs of the poor. The call comes ahead of the release of a Special Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

29 Sep 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/12071

Assemblée générale Plénière
Soixante-treizième session, 12e & 13e séances plénières, matin & après-midi

28 Sep 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/12071

General Assembly Plenary
Seventy-third Session, 12th & 13th Meetings (AM & PM)

As the General Assembly entered the fourth day of its general debate today, world leaders once again called to the fore the threats posed by climate change and unilateralism and their impact on international peace and security, while also highlighting several successful transitions from conflict to peace as proof that diplomacy and multilateralism are effective and offer a hopeful sign for the future.

27 Sep 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Samoa

  • Influenza-like illness: Palau

  • Dengue-like illness: Samoa

Other Updates:

Dengue

18 Sep 2018 description
report World Bank

**US$37.75 million grant to benefit thousands of residents **

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2018 - The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$35.75 million grant to improve the climate resilience of Samoa’s road network and facilitate a rapid response in the event of a natural disaster. Thousands of residents in Samoa’s two main islands, Upolu and Savai’i, will directly benefit from this investment.

12 Sep 2018 description
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Press release

East Africa worst hit by internal displacement in first half of 2018

Geneva, 12 September 2018 - Latest figures from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) reveal that millions of people across the world have become displaced inside their own country since January. Worldwide, there were 5.2 million new internal displacements associated with conflict and violence in the first half of 2018, based on the analysis of data from the 10 worst-affected countries.

10 Sep 2018 description

The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a network of humanitarian organizations that work together to assist the Pacific island countries prepare for and respond to disasters. During disasters, the PHT provides support to governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and communities in delivering a fast, effective and appropriate disaster response. Outside of disasters, the PHT works with the Pacific governments and partners to ensure that the necessary arrangements are in place to enable effective international support to nationally-led disaster response.

29 Aug 2018 description

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has issued a Tsunami Threat for the following coasts, stating:

  • TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 0.3 TO 1 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE FOR SOME COASTS OF FIJI... NEW CALEDONIA... AND VANUATU.

10 Aug 2018 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: CNMI, Samoa, Kiribati, Niue

  • Prolonged Fever: Marshall Island

  • Diarrhoea: Marshal Island

  • Influenza like Illness: Tokelau

Other Updates:

Pertussis:

10 Aug 2018 description

Suva, Fiji / Canberra, Australia, 9 August, 2018—The Government of Australia and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, have entered into a partnership with six Pacific governments to transform lives by ensuring more women and young people in the Pacific can access sexual and reproductive health services.

30 Jul 2018 description
report Government of Samoa

26-27 July, Leaders of Pacific SIDs including Samoa met in Suva, Fiji for the Second Climate Action Partnership Program, to review outcomes of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Bonn (COP23) 2017 to prepare for COP 24 in Poland 2018. Australia, New Zealand and the territories were also invited and contributed during informal sessions. Fiji holding the Presidency of the COP23 continues to hold regional dialogue to harness a common coordinated voice to regional priorities endorsed.

26 Jul 2018 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga

Other Updates:

Influenza

Global influenza update as of 8 July :

23 Jul 2018 description
report Government of Samoa

Ms Ferila Brown (Principal Sustainable Developments), Ms Josie Chan Ting (Senior DRR) and Mr Silipa Mulitalo (Scientific Officer) had represented the Ministry to the Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop held in Bohol, Philippines.

The purpose of the workshop is to enhance and improve community resilience; to promote the uses of science and technology in addressing climate change and DRR issues; enhance and improve disaster displacement; strengthen Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the Pacific Region.