New research providing critical information about how climate change is affecting Australia's  island neighbours and East Timor has been released today by the Australian Government's Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP).

The landmark, peer-reviewed publication, Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research, presents the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date of climate change in the Pacific region.

Read more: New insight into climate change in the Pacific



European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has announced a 17 million NZ dollars (about 14 million U.S. dollars) Pacific fund for climate change-related projects. Barroso, who met New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in Auckland last week, also called for urgent action on climate change. The European Commission president announced at the forum that it will make the 17 million NZ dollars available to Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste to help combat climate change.

Read more: EU gives $14 million to Pacific fund on climate change projects


More than 40 heads of state of the world’s least developed countries recently met in Istanbul to define a new vision to reverse the profound poverty of the people living in these countries. While around two-thirds of these 48 countries are in Africa, 14 are in Asia.

After a period of prolonged slow growth, economic growth in the least developed countries accelerated to about 7 per cent per annum on average over the period 2000-2007. And many of these countries have made notable progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In Bhutan and Rwanda, maternal mortality reduced by more than half within the decade. In Bangladesh, Madagascar, Nepal and Timor Leste child mortality reduced by more than 60 per cent between 1990 and 2007.

Read more: The plight of the least developed countries


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