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30 Jul 2015 description

The Indonesian Red Cross Society says water is an urgent need for remote communities in the Papua region still suffering from a severe cold snap.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

30 Jul 2015 description

El Niño in Asia: Prolonged dry weather in several countries affecting plantings and yield potential of the 2015 main season food crops

  • Prolonged dry weather associated with El Niño has impaired the production outlook for the ongoing 2015 main season in several countries, including Cambodia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Philippines and Viet Nam

29 Jul 2015 description

By Ahmad Husein, IFRC

In recent weeks, thousands of people in the Indonesian Province of Papua have been suffering the effects of a severe cold wave that has left remote communities in need of food and clean water.

The cold wave first struck at the beginning of July, hitting the district of Lanny Jaya particularly hard. The sub-districts of Kuyawage, West Wanu and Goa Baliem were struck by hailstorms accompanied by freezing temperatures which plunged to minus two degrees Celsius.

28 Jul 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Aggregate 2015 rice production officially forecast at record level

  • Concern about negative impact of El Niño event on 2015 secondary season cereal production at local level

  • Cereal imports forecast to increase in 2015/16 marketing year (April/March)

  • Rice prices were stable in June but at high levels

27 Jul 2015 description

Jayapura, Indonesia | Monday 7/28/2015 - 07:58 GMT

A powerful earthquake rocked remote eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, killing a teenage boy who fell into a river as he fished and damaging several buildings.

The 7.0-magnitude quake struck inland in a mountainous area of Papua in the early hours, almost 250 kilometres (150 miles) west of the province's capital Jayapura, the US Geological Survey said.

27 Jul 2015 description

NAIROBI -- In remarks made during the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, President Barack Obama announced that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution, plans to join Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility (WEOF). As part of the planned commitment, OPIC intends to finance up to $100 million in new projects under the facility.

20 Jul 2015 description

The Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund is a partnership among the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the Asian Development Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation to help build resilience against the impacts of extreme weather events and weather-related changes that affect the urban poor in medium-sized Asian cities. The fund provides supplemental grants for investment projects, technical assistance and other support.

16 Jul 2015 description

BY REBECA MORENO JIMENEZ, LINK LAB MANAGER, JULY 15, 2015

14 Jul 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Feni Anggraini believes that happiness is when you can share the feeling with others.

Last year, when the student from Depok, West Java, was 18 years old, she became a volunteer to help the victims affected by the floods in South Jakarta. She joined an organization called Polytechnic Student Communication Forum in Indonesia (FKMPI), which had a specific program called FKMPI Care designed to perform social activities during and in the aftermath of disasters.

13 Jul 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Jakarta, 6 July 2015. Indonesia – one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries – needs to continue taking precautionary measures to protect its vulnerable population, particularly women, girls and youth – in times of natural disasters and emergencies, officials said on Monday.

Speaking at a seminar to mark the upcoming World Population Day, UNFPA Indonesia’s Representative Mr. Jose Ferraris said that often during the chaos of a crisis or an emergency, the needs of women and young people were often neglected.

12 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

PHNOM PENH, July 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When hundreds of fishermen were rescued from a life of slavery on Thai fishing boats off the coast of Indonesia earlier this year, the world took notice.

Trafficked and sold to work on the boats, the men - mostly from Myanmar and Cambodia - had endured beatings, abuse and torture.

Read the full story on Reuters -AlertNet.

10 Jul 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) said on Friday that Indonesia would suffer the worst drought in the past five years in 2015.

“Now our index reaches 1.37. Our prediction is it will get higher, between 1.5 and 2.5. This is the highest in the last five years,” Lapan representative Erma Yulihastin said, referring to an index that was measured based on El Nino phenomenon, or the anomaly in sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.

She also said that the drought in July would happen in 80 percent of Indonesia’s territory.

10 Jul 2015 description

This is the 134th in a series of monthly reports that focus on developments affecting Papuans. This series is produced by the non-profit West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) drawing on media accounts, other NGO assessments, and analysis and reporting from sources within West Papua. This report is co-published by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN). Back issues are posted online at http://www.etan.org/issues/wpapua/default.htm Questions regarding this report can be addressed to Edmund McWilliams at edmcw@msn.com.

08 Jul 2015 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On June 19, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency grant aid totaling 3.5 million US dollars (about 432 million yen) via international organizations in response to stranded persons in the Indian Ocean. On June 20, this was announced by Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida in his keynote speech at the High-Level Seminar on Peacebuilding, National Reconciliation and Democratization in Asia.

06 Jul 2015 description
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Chairman’s Statement

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 July 2015 – ASEAN Ministers responsible for combating transnational crime met in Kuala Lumpur today to discuss concerted regional action to address the recent influx of irregular movement of persons in Southeast Asia.

04 Jul 2015 description

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees welcomes proposals by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to set up a task force and trust fund to respond to the irregular movement of refugees and migrants in the region.

03 Jul 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

KUALA CANGKOI, Aceh, Indonesia – “How far along are you?” a midwife asks a pregnant woman, making a hand gesture over her stomach area.

Without saying anything, the expectant mother puts up one hand.

“Five months,” confirms the aid worker, holding up her own hand in unison.

The woman nods.

“And your age? How old are you?”

The woman flashes both hands three times.

“30?” the midwife repeats, imitating the woman’s hand actions.

The woman nods.

03 Jul 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

We have launched a campaign to support the Rohingya community from Burma. Donate today to help us provide food and other essential items to those in need.

According to UN estimates, about 25,000 migrants left Myanmar and Bangladesh on rickety smugglers’ boats in early 2015. Some have been abandoned by their traffickers with little food or water. Many of them are women and young children. The government in Myanmar does not recognize the Rohingya as citizens, denies them freedom to travel and access to education in Myanmar and has refused to accept any back.

02 Jul 2015 description

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP | Thursday 7/2/2015 - 10:14 GMT

Southeast Asian countries Thursday launched a fund to share the cost of hosting human trafficking victims, after a regional migrant crisis saw victims ping-ponged between countries reluctant to accept them.

In May a Thai crackdown on the lucrative smuggling industry prompted the traffickers to abandon their human cargo at sea, sparking a crisis that saw more than 3,500 Bangladeshi economic migrants and stateless Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar land in Malaysia and Indonesia.