Ireland and the Asian Development Bank have committed $US13.5 million to boost climate and disaster resilience in the Pacific.
The Ireland Trust Fund has been established to administer the six-year programme.
The fund aims to help Small Island Developing States with disaster preparedness and is due to start later this year with $US1.68-million in funding.
The deal was signed today at the opening of the 52nd Annual Meeting of ADB's Board of Governors in Nadi, Fiji.
Small Island Developing States who are members of the bank include the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.