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21 Aug 2016 description

The Australian Government will rebuild several schools in Ra and on Koro Island as part of its contribution to Fiji’s recovery and reconstruction following Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, made the announcement today while visiting Vatukacevaceva Village School with Fiji’s Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Dr Mahendra Reddy. Vatukacevaceva Village School, located just outside Rakiraki in Ra Province, is one of the schools that will be rebuilt.

05 Aug 2016 description

Women who make up about 49 percent of the Fijian population, are the most disadvantaged and negatively affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

This is according to the Government’s Post Disaster Needs Assessment Report.

The report states the high burden of reproductive work confines women to the poorly remunerated informal sector, which leaves them with no income security to respond to the disaster.

Tropical Cyclone Winston affected approximately 540,400 people.

This included 264,000 women and girls, equivalent to 40 percent of Fiji’s population.

05 Aug 2016 description

The macroeconomic impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji is expected to be substantial given the significant damage incurred.

This is particularly to key sectors, such as housing, transport, manufacturing, agriculture, electricity and communications.

The impact has been highlighted in the Government’s Post Disaster Needs Assessment Report which Fiji One News has obtained.

The effects of the disaster on the Agriculture Sector stands at $542 million (US$261 million).

29 Jul 2016 description

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Masakazu Hamachi, will sign the exchange of notes for the Pacific Climate Change Centre Project under Japan’s Grant Aid Assistance today.

The estimated cost of the project is $23,000,000 (US$8.7 million).

26 Jul 2016 description

The Solomon Islands Government most senior official responsible for the drawdown of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) is very optimistic that the country will be safe and secure when the Mission concludes in June 2017.

John Wasi, Solomon Islands Government (SIG) Special Secretary to RAMSI, expressed these sentiments on SIBC’s Talking Truth radio programme last week as the Mission marks its 13th and final anniversary on 24 July before the Mission ends next year.

20 Jul 2016 description

Five refugees from the Regional Processing Centre in Manus will be identified and made known to the court next Monday (July 25) to undergo a test case of resettlement in the country.

Lawyer Ben Lomai, who is representing over 600 residents at the processing centre, will be assisting the Supreme Court to identify five of his clients to undergo the resettlement test case.

15 Jul 2016 description

The Pacific Community is working with the Government of Tuvalu this week to formulate the country’s first national action plan for human rights which brings together Tuvalu’s existing commitments under the Universal Periodic Review, ratified Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and provides a timeframe for action across these human rights issues.

07 Jul 2016 description

As Fiji is susceptible to high intensity cyclones such as Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston, the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management will have $1million (US$500,000) for immediate response to any disaster.

This would be to the Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund while another $2m (US$1 million) would be for Disaster Risk and Climate Change Adaptation.

06 Jul 2016 description

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:

23 Jun 2016 description

Certain parts of Papua New Guinea are still facing food shortage months after the drought hit the country, according to Dr Mike Bourke of the Australian National University.

He told The National that this was particularly true in parts of Western and Milne Bay.

“The drought is well and truly over. All over Papua New Guinea, it’s been raining,” Bourke said. He is a technical adviser for the church partnership programme.

He said people in parts of Western, especially in the Nomad Local Level Government, still faced food shortage.

07 Jun 2016 description

New Zealand aid money going into the Pacific is making a real difference, but there are still huge challenges in the region, Foreign Minister Murray McCully says.

McCully has just led the annual Pacific Mission, which visited Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Tuvalu.

Kiribati and Tuvalu are grappling with sea-level rise as a result of climate change, but they also have other critical problems.

Kiribati's tiny main island of Tarawa suffers chronic overcrowding and a lack of resources.

07 Jun 2016 description

The Fijian and Indonesian Government have partnered for Disaster Risk Management.

The two government representatives Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

This will allow for knowledge sharing between the two Ministries.

07 Jun 2016 description

New Zealand is urgently looking for ways to help as rising sea levels in central Pacific islands like Kiribati becomes more of a problem.

It is estimated that by 2050, up to 54 per cent of the main island, South Tarawa, will be inundated by sea water.

Much of the land is less than three metres above sea level, and king tides, which hit for several months each year, are doing increasing amounts of damage.

The village of Eita was first flooded by king tides in 2002, and each year residents prepare for floods just a little bit worse than the last.

03 Jun 2016 description

A report on Climate Financing and Risk Governance Assessment (CFRGA) for Tonga, was launched by Tatafu Moeaki, the CEO for Tonga’s Ministry of Finance and National Planning on Monday.

The 152 pages report outlines government’s plan to improve its disaster risk management activities so that it could respond effectively to climate change impacts.

It offers a comprehensive picture of how much climate change financial support Tonga needs, and it is anticipated that it should also put Tonga in a strong position to access Climate Change Funding.

31 May 2016 description

By Pita Ligaiula in Port Moresby, PNG

The European Union's Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and Fiji's Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama today signed an agreement for a new initiative worth 10 million Euros (FJ$23 million) at the margins of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Leader Summit in Port Moresby.

The financial assistance package will assist Fiji's recovery and rehabilitation efforts in the agriculture sector following Tropical Cyclone Winston.

26 May 2016 description

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has been presented with the West Papua Fact Finding Mission Report titled "We Will Lose Everything" by PIANGO’s executive director, Emele Duituturaga.

Duituturaga presented the report to Ban Ki Moon during day two of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The report was received by the assistant Secretary General.

Duituturaga who captured the handing over in a photograph said she was privileged to have had a brief exchange with Ban at the end of the summit.

24 May 2016 description

Fijian Prime Minister Vorereqe Bainimarama has appealed to world leaders attending the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Turkey to give climate change adaptation funding the overriding priority it deserves.

Speaking at the opening of the Leader's Dialogue, Bainimarama stressed the issue should be highlighted in all forums of the world.

18 May 2016 description

From outer space they are tiny and isolated dots on the oceans, green and brown pinpricks on a vast canvas of blue.

But at the global climate talks, the coalition of countries classed as small island states are moral titans, fighting a battle they believe is for survival.

Vulnerable and vocal, 14 of the 16 countries to have ratified the UN’s new global climate pact belong to this 44-strong group, known by the acronym AOSIS, the Alliance of Small Island States.

07 May 2016 description

The Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) is looking to lift water restrictions after rains in the past weeks help alleviate drought conditions across Palau.

According to the new water-rationing schedule released this morning, waters hours will be from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and because Ngerikiil is in a much better shape to supply water, there is a possibility of resuming 24-hour water service this weekend.

On March 14, the water company implemented water hours after the water reservoirs water levels decreased to a critical level.

05 May 2016 description

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.