Emergency assistance to Tuvalu

01 Nov 2011

(UNDP/AUSTRALIAN GOVT/BRITISH GOVT/US EMBASSY) - Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the United Nations Development Programme continue to provide coordinated assistance for much-needed water to the drought-stricken people of Tuvalu.

The Governments of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), are committed to working together to provide assistance to the Tuvaluan Government and the people of Tuvalu during the current State of Emergency.

Together they will gift a solar desalination system to the Government of Tuvalu. This system will produce 40,000 litres of water per day using solar-powered energy and is expected to be operational by mid-November.

This joint project is designed to meet short-term water requirements over the next few months as well as providing a sustainable, long-term solution for a country which has experienced severe drought over the past three years.

The government of each country has offered their support to Prime Minister Telavi and views this project as a part of our strong bilateral relationships with Tuvalu.

This targeted assistance is part of the United Nations coordinated response. The United Nations has been liaising closely with donors, the Red Cross (IFRC), SPC and other UN agencies and the government of Tuvalu to coordinate drought assistance to Tuvalu. This is being done through the UN Resident Coordinator, supported by OCHA (the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) in Suva and Funafuti. UNICEF is coordinating actions to address the water, sanitation and health needs.

Contact Information

United Nations: Shobhna Decloitre – 3300399, Australian High Commission: Dennis Rounds – 3382211,British High Commission: Joyce Rounds – 3229132, US Embassy: Paul Kreutzer – 3314466