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21 Dec 2012 description

Australia is assisting Pacific nations better prepare for natural disasters and extreme weather, with a focus on building resilience throughout the region to the impacts of climate change.

Australia’s funding includes:

  • $32 million over the next four years to support 14 Pacific countries to use local weather, climate and sea level data to plan for unusual and extreme weather

  • $16 million over the next four years to help Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga build their resilience to natural disasters

30 Nov 2012 description

Food, Water and Livelihoods in Pacific Islands under Increasing Threat from Climate Change

Invasive Species, Waste, and Extreme Weather Events among Key Challenges

Doha (Qatar), 4 December 2012 – Island communities in the Pacific Ocean are facing unprecedented challenges to their economies and environment from the impacts of climate change, according to a new report released at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar.

01 Oct 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Catherine Wilson

BRISBANE, Australia, Oct 1 2012 (IPS) - Climate activist Wanita Limpus, from the low-lying island nation of Kiribati in the Central Pacific Ocean, says the outcome of the Rio+20 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in June was a serious letdown for small, developing island states.

Half of the 10 million people of the Pacific islands reside within 1.5 km of the coastline, and Limpus stressed that climate change and rising sea levels were not a prediction but a reality threatening human security now.

12 Jun 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, USA, 8 June 2012 – Wrapping up the final day of its Annual Session, the UNICEF Executive Board adopted a number of decisions on the work of the organization, including making all UNICEF audit reports publicly available on the Internet, starting later this year.

VIDEO: UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake delivers closing remarks to the Executive Board.

11 Jun 2012 description
report European Union

Brussels, 11 June 2012

Pacific Islands – EU relations: Focus on Climate change

Pacific Islands – EU cooperation

The Pacific Plan for Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Integration, adopted by Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders in 2005, sets out the region’s goals on cooperation and integration from 2006 to 2015 in four areas: economic growth, sustainable development, governance and security.

05 Jun 2012 description

Many people in developing countries depend on the natural environment for their income, food and water, making them vulnerable to climate change impacts such as increases in severity in droughts, floods and other climate-related natural disasters. This has the potential to undermine and even reverse hard-won development progress.

04 Jun 2012 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Pacific Islands: Acting Today for Tomorrow will Save Lives and Reduce Economic Losses

Contact:

In Sydney:
Aleta Moriarty + 61 2 9235 6545, amoriarty@worldbank.org Laura Keenan, +61 2 9235 6547, lkeenan@worldbank.org

World Bank report looks at Building Climate and Disaster Resilience in One of World’s Most Vulnerable Regions

28 May 2012 description
report Government of Japan

The Sixth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 6)

Okinawa 'Kizuna' Declaration

Okinawa, Japan, 25-26 May 2012

11 May 2012 description

Asia-Pacific actions to address climate change will have global impact

Jakarta -- Countries in Asia and the Pacific are at a crossroads and must now strike a balance between rising prosperity and rising emissions. Their success or failure will have repercussions worldwide, predicts a new report released today by the United Nations Development Programme.

24 Apr 2012 description

Pacific Islands Face Severe Water Threat, new report says

Bangkok, 23 April 2012 – Climate change will exacerbate water stress in Pacific Islands, particularly small islands that rely on seasonal rain for their freshwater needs, according to a report released by the UN Environment Programme today.

13 Apr 2012 description

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the start of consultations on a new international blueprint for reducing disaster losses in advance of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction; (ii) the Sixth World Water Forum's disaster risk reduction (DRR) pledge; (iii) private sector's risk revolution; (iv) the drought situation in the Horn of Africa; and (v) Kiribati's climate change insurance.

15 Mar 2012 description

BANGKOK, 15 March 2012 - Following a recent decision by its Cabinet to buy land in Fiji as 'climate change insurance' for its population, Kiribati President, Anote Tong has called on the international community to address the effects of climate change that could wipe out the entire Pacific archipelago.

13 Mar 2012 description

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Climate change will cause an upward surge in migration this century, and governments in disaster-prone Asia-Pacific nations must promptly enact a broad range of measures to stave off future humanitarian crises, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released today.

19 Jan 2012 description

By David Singh

Geneva, 19 January - “The animals are dead. The rivers, lagoons and dams are dry. They have to move to neigbouring countries like Tanzania in search of pastures and water. As they move, they suffer from hunger and they want lie down because they’re tired from having to walk long distances”.

14 Dec 2011 description
Abbreviations, Acknowledgements and Executive Summary

Climate Change in the Pacific is a rigorously researched, peer-reviewed scientific assessment of the climate of the western Pacific region. Building on the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, this two volume publication represents a comprehensive resource on the climate of the Pacific.

Introduction and Background

14 Nov 2011 description
report DARA

Climate vulnerable countries unite in Dhaka ministerial Forum pledging firm common stance ahead of COP17 in Durban

November 14, 2011

10 Nov 2011 description

A conference in Sydney is to call on Australia to set up a program to provide sanctuary for so called "climate refugees" from the Pacific.

New Zealand already has a permanent program allowing Pacific Islanders access to their migration program.

Presenter:Geraldine Coutts
Speaker:Professor Jane McAdam, Law faculty, University of New South Wales.

09 Nov 2011 description
report DARA

BRIEFING SUMMARY

The harmful effects of climate change are already leading to large-scale loss of life, livelihood and damage to ecosystems around the world. While these effects are ultimately suffered by all, in the immediate they are disproportionately damaging for developing countries and proportionally most severe in vulnerable countries.

11 Oct 2011 description

Small island countries like those in the Pacific are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The likelihood of extreme weather events such as sea level rise, extreme rainfall, droughts, increased and intensified tropical cyclones, and increase in sea surface temperature is expected to adversely impact Pacific DMCs economically, socially and environmentally. Alongside having to address climate change issues are the increasing and recurring urbanization issues which are exacerbated by climate change.