Regional Archive June 2009

Adapting to our Century's Challenge with this Pacific Response

Press Release - The single biggest and most important regional adaptation to climate change project that spans 13 countries is the focus of a one week workshop in Apia, Samoa.

Numbers of Swine Flu Cases Increase in the Region

The number of people confirmed with the A(H1N1) flu, or Swine flu, in the region has increased with Fiji and American Samoa confirming new cases.
Along the shore in Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change

Press Release: Adapting to the adverse effects of current and future changes in climate is a reality that a five year regional project will help Pacific communities put into action.

5 Countries in the Region with Swine Flu

The A(H1N1) flu, otherwise known as Swine Flu, is now present in 5 countries in the region with the latest reported case in Vanuatu.

Pacific Islander Receives Prestigious Scholarship

A Pacific Islander is the recipient of the prestigious US Fulbright Foreign Student Program for a scholarship, the first from this region in over a decade to do so.

ADB President Says Sustained Water Sector Investment Can Help Fuel Growth

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Governments in Asia and the Pacific must continue to invest in water infrastructure in spite of the economic crisis or face fundamental threats to their economic growth and social development, ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda said yesterday.

Phase One of the Pacific Petroleum Project to Commence

Press Statement: 22 June - The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is calling for Tenders to establish a Project Implementation Unit under Phase One of the Pacific Petroleum Project.

Swine Flu Spreads in the Region as Fiji and PNG Confirm Cases

The A(H1N1) flu is officially in the region as two more countries confirm cases.

As UN Talks Flounder, Greenpeace Sounds the Alarm for the Climate

Greenpeace activated a loud alarm outside the UN climate talks in Bonn last week, Friday, calling for emergency action on climate change.

Another Swine Flu Case in the Region as Samoa Confirms its First

Samoa has confirmed its first case of the A(H1N1) flu, better known as swine flu, yesterday, becoming the second country in the region to test positive for the virus.

New Partnership Aims to Expand Access to Modern Energy to 100 Million People by 2015

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched an Energy for All Partnership that aims to provide access to modern energy to an additional 100 million people in the Asia-Pacific region by 2015.
This Laysan Albatross chick has been accidentally fed plastic by its parents and died as a result.

The Plastics "Out There" and "In Here"

An article by Wallace J. Nichols that appeared in the Huffington Post about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a large area of rubbish, mostly plastic, that is posing a great threat to marine life.

ADB Hosts Regional Forum to Develop Strategies to Cope with Climate Change

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Government leaders, policymakers, and climate change experts from around the world will gather in the Philippines this week for a high-level dialogue and a series of technical meetings aimed at helping Asia-Pacific countries move toward low-carbon and climate-resilient development paths.

Samoa Waits on Potential Swine Flu Samples

Samoa's health authorities are waiting on flu samples to find out if a group of visiting Australian students have the A(H1N1) flu, otherwise known as swine flu.
Under the Solomon Islands Emergency Assistance Project (SIEAP), 2.05 kilometers of the main road through Gizo will be rebuilt and drainage improved, and 1.2 kilometers of the road will be resealed.

Repair Work Begins on Tsunami Damaged Main Road in Gizo

Work has begun to repair Gizo town road after it was severely damaged following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami which devastated parts of the Solomon Islands in 2007.

World Now on Influenza Pandemic Alert

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the world is now on Phase 6 of its alert of the A(H1N1) flu or swine flu, the highest level signaling a pandemic.

Fiji Extends Public Emergency Regulation, Drawing Criticisms

Fiji's interim government has extended the Public Emergency Regulation (PER) in the country for another 30 days citing "security situation" in the country as the reason. This has fueled further criticisms and questions as to the real purpose.

Regional Meteorological and Disaster Management Personnel Join Forces

Disaster managers and Meteorological Service Directors came together, for the first time in over a decade, for a Joint Pacific Regional Meeting in May. The last such meeting took place in 1998, at which time there was a resolution passed calling upon more joint meetings of the two groups of professionals.
Surviving veterans, Jone Tabaiwalu and Tumateu Moceica.

Veterans to be Finally Compensated for Nuclear Tests

Veterans who were part of the British nuclear testing carried out on Christmas Island between 1952 and 1958 will be compensated after a British court decision ruled that they were due compensation for ill effects they suffered.

Region Confirms its First Case of A(H1N1) Flu

Tahiti has confirmed one case of the A(H1N1) flu, otherwise known as Swine Flu, marking the first confirmed case in the region.

IDB, ADB to Share Networks to Promote South-South Trade Flows

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - ADB and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have agreed to share access to their trade finance programs, linking more than 100 financial institutions to support trade between companies in Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean.

ADB and Palau Agree to Five-Year Strategic Development Partnership

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Republic of Palau have agreed to a five-year strategic partnership aimed at supporting sustainable development and alleviating the impacts of climate change.
Seawater flowing inland, seeping into plantations.

World's First Climate Refugees Face Lack of Funding

The world's first climate refugee, the inhabitants of Papua New Guinea's Carteret Islands, are frustrated with the lack of funding promised to them to help with their resettlement to Bougainville.
The economy of the Solomon Islands is said to be "at risk" by the ADB.

Solomon Islands Economy At Risk: ADB Report

A new Asian Development Bank, ADB, publication released yesterday has said that Solomon Islands and Fiji remain the economies most at risk.
Wayne Suliana, the Fijian national among the 24-member crew, which also includes 11 Tuvaluans, of German container ship, Hansa Stavanger, which is being held by Somali pirates.

Pacific Islanders Still Among Hostages Held by Somali Pirates

About 12 Pacific Islanders are among the crew of a German ship that is still in the hands of Somali pirates.