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07 Dec 2016 description

In order to provide humanitarian aid to the refugees in Australia, since 2004, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Australia has held annual dental free clinics to safeguard refugees' oral health. This year, they expanded their services to the south of Brisbane, to a city called Logan and offered dental services to over 200 patients, marking the biggest free dental clinic to date. Thankfully other charity organizations such as the local Red Cross as well as the Queensland government lent their assistance, contributing to the event's success.

07 Dec 2016 description

Kalyani Ghishing finished school in year seven because her family was struggling financially and her parents did not believe girls needed to complete their education. Instead of pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor, Kalyani trained to become a tailor starting her own business from home in 1995.

07 Dec 2016 description

Australia’s support to the World Bank Multi Donor Trust Fund for the Border Areas (MDTFBA) has helped to provide nearly 250 schools with infrastructure and new facilities in Balochistan Province, Pakistan.

The Promoting Girls Education in Balochistan (PGEB) program supported access to education and the retention of children in schools, with a special focus on girls. The program brought almost 39,000 children into school, including almost 33,500 girls from across Balochistan.

06 Dec 2016 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China (No update)
As of 31 October 2016, there were 1,840 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015 (Figure 1).

06 Dec 2016 description

Joint media release

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP

  • Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

6 December 2016

From 6th to 8th December we will travel to Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu, accompanied by Labor Senators and portfolio counterparts, the Hon Penny Wong and Claire Moore to emphasise Australia's bipartisan commitment to stability and economic growth in the Pacific.

06 Dec 2016 description

05-12-2016 - This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.

The reporting period is from 1 November 2016 to 30 November 2016.

During this reporting period there were no illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.

No illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres.

01 Dec 2016 description

1 December 2016

Australia is helping Afghanistan to improve service delivery in education by expanding access to schools, improving the quality of education and improving the Afghan Government’s capacity to deliver education.

Australia’s major bilateral initiatives in education target communities that, due to geographical isolation and conflict, are not reached by Afghan government programs.

29 Nov 2016 description

An Australian journalist given access to Nauru says there is strong opposition to an offer from the United States to accept refugees from the island.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

29 Nov 2016 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 October 2016, there were 1,840 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

29 Nov 2016 description

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo and Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely will inaugurate a new Australian-funded warehouse at the DSWD National Relief Operations Center in Pasay City today, November 29.

24 Nov 2016 description

Submission by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the inquiry into the serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

24 Nov 2016 description

23 November 2016, LONDON – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) welcomes a move by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to add the threats posed by natural and human-induced hazards to its widely-respected country analyses.

The EIU is the world’s leading provider of country intelligence, with its timely, reliable and impartial research offering governments, institutions and businesses the evidence base that they need to set strategy and make critical decisions.

21 Nov 2016 description

US officials have arrived in Australia to begin assessing Canberra's refugees who Australia wants to shift to the US.

Read more on New Zealand Radio International

21 Nov 2016 description

The International Organisation for Migration in Indonesia says the people smuggling operations that took asylum seekers by boat to Australia are dormant.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

21 Nov 2016 description

By Winsome Denyer

The Federal Government would consider expanding Australia's refugee intake for people fleeing war zones in Syria and Iraq, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says.

In September last year, the Government announced it would issue an extra 12,000 humanitarian visas as a one-off measure in response to those conflicts.

19 Nov 2016 description

Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we are gathered upon today and pay my respects to their Elders past, present and future.

I would like to thank the Government of Australia for inviting me to undertake an official mission, which took place from 1 to 18 November 2016. Let me also express my gratitude for its cooperation throughout the visit and extend my gratitude for the cooperation from state and territory governments that I visited.

15 Nov 2016 description

Fifty years of tropical storms in Asia-Pacific

This map shows a consilidated history of tropical storm paths over the past 50 years in the Asia-Pacific region. The area of calm either side of the equator can be seen clearly, leaving Indonesia, Malaysia,
Singapore and Papua New Guinea largely unaffected by major storms.

14 Nov 2016 description

The Government of Nauru has welcomed news that refugees on the island will be resettled in the United States and has commended the Australian Government for its handling of the process.

Minister for Justice David Adeang said while the Government has consistently sought to correct false reports about conditions and safety of the refugees, it has also always stated the need to find suitable third countries for permanent resettlement.

14 Nov 2016 description

By: UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra | 13 November 2016

The approach taken by Australia in transferring refugees and asylum-seekers to open-ended detention in Papua New Guinea and Nauru has caused immense harm to vulnerable people who have sought asylum since 2013. In this context, UNHCR welcomes the announcement today that refugees currently held in Nauru and Papua New Guinea will be relocated under a bilateral arrangement between Australia and the United States.