Apia Outcome to serve as basis of Samoa Pathway Midterm Review in September 2019
Apia, SAMOA — Facing the increased effects of climate change, natural disasters, and the outsized impacts of global economic shocks on small economies, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) resolved to strengthen their efforts to achieve sustainable development at the conclusion of a three-day meeting that ended this week in Apia, Samoa.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
Assemblée générale Plénière
Soixante-treizième session, 12e & 13e séances plénières, matin & après-midi
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.
**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.
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.
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.
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.
Samoa's government has begun work on a multi-million dollar project it hopes will protect 18 vulnerable communities from flooding.
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Limited take-up so far is linked to small island nations' reluctance to foot the bill for the effects of climate change, says insurance expert
By Jared Ferrie
PHNOM PENH, June 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pacific island nations are some of the world's most disaster-prone countries, yet only a handful have signed up to an insurance scheme that dispenses rapid payouts in a crisis – a situation experts hope to change.
The United Nations says only about 8 percent of disaster losses are covered in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Heavy winter clothing arrived. We don’t have winter here! These things just aren’t needed.”
An international initiative to improve early warning systems against extreme weather and support climate change adaptation is gaining momentum to protect more people in more places. Financing has been extended to cover the Caribbean and West African regions.
Over half the world menstruates. Yet conversations about periods are rare. Rarer still are discussions about the environmental impact of female hygiene products.
The Pacific islands region is on track to having its own Pacific Climate Change Centre to be based in Samoa at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). This month will see the ground breaking ceremony take place at SPREP Headquarters in Vailima.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon announces £2.9 million for human rights projects across the Commonwealth, with particular focus on the South Pacific and small states.
UK Minister for Human Rights today announces 3 projects to support human rights across the Commonwealth, with particular focus on the South Pacific and small states. This £2.9 million work will support member states, regional organisations and human rights institutions in promoting human rights standards across the Commonwealth, with a focus on equality and adherence to international human rights obligations.