03rd October, 2017 For an island region that copes each year with the impacts of cyclones, droughts, tidal surges and salt water inundation in food crops, the importance of Pacific resilience for our survival is paramount.
The 2017 Pacific Resilience Week underway in Suva, Fiji from 2 – 6 October, 2017 will help ensure all actions on the ground to protect lives and livelihoods from the negative impacts of climate change and disasters are well coordinated and executed.
Secretary of State
November 3, 2016
On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send my sincerest congratulations to the Kingdom of Tonga on your National Day, November 4th.
29th August, 2017 The Deputy Prime Minister Hon Siaosi Sovaleni officially opened Tonga’s first Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA) Training at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel this morning.
Funded by the United Nations Development Programme and co-hosted by the Ministry of MEIDECC, the four-day training aimed to enhance preparedness and response capacity of the country to future disasters and to ensure that comprehensive assessment of economic loss and social impacts are adequately calculated for better post-disaster recovery actions.
The Department of Climate Change within MEIDECC will hold a National Climate Change Awareness Program from 20th – 22nd September 2017. A National theme was adopted for the program: “CLIMATE CHANGE IS HERE. LET US ACT NOW:”
The three-day programme intends to increase awareness of the general public to climate change and its impacts in Tonga.
Fiji's prime minister has made a renewed call for a more ambitious target for reducing global carbon emissions at the UN General Assembly in New York.
In his address on Thursday Frank Bainimarama urged world leaders to be more ambitious than the two degrees target set in Paris in 2015.
Ozone Layer Protection Amendment Bill 2013 passed by the Tonga Legislative Assembly
Tonga as a party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is working towards phasing out the production of numerous substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion.
The Kingdom of Tonga is embarking on the process to deliver ICMSP. Preliminary work has started on preparing a Diagnostic study for Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) using GCCA funds (May 2014 ongoing). This is a priority of the JNAP CCA & DRM and has been approved for funding assistance from the EU/SPC GCCA-PSIS Project. In order to extend this to include marine areas (beyond the reef flat into deeper waters), this shall involve the following:
Comprehensive assessment work of available baseline marine related data to support an integrated planning process:
The Project Coordinators and Administrative Assistants of the Tongaâs Third National Communication Project and Ridge to Reef Project attended a three days UNDP Project Management Training in Suva, Fiji from February 4th â 6th 2015. The training was organized and conducted by the UNDP Suva Office staff for staff of Nationally Implemented Projects in Pacific Countries like Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
This training aimed at enabling the Project Staff to better manage and report on UNDP Projects with improved knowledge of;
Tonga was represented at two High Level events hosted by the United Nations, the President of the General Assembly High Level Thematic Debate on the Sustainable Development Goalsâ on 21 April 2016 and the High Level Signing of the Paris Agreementâ on 22 April 2016 at the General Assembly, United Nations Head Quarters, New York, United States of America.
This conference is a historical event as it marks a great turning point on the issue of Climate Change regarding the high possibility of marking a new post-Kyoto Global Agreement.