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03 Aug 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 30 June, there were 43 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015(Figure 1).

Malaysia

01 Aug 2015 description

Asylum seekers who have had their claims and appeals rejected on Manus Island have been told to prepare for deportation.

Anyone found to be stateless will remain at the Australian-funded detention centre or be transferred to "any location, including correctional institutions".

In documents obtained by the ABC, Papua New Guinea Immigration told the so-called "double negatives" they have no option of remaining in PNG and will never go to Australia.

29 Jul 2015 description

Exclusive by Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane and Wesley Manuai

Police in PNG threaten to arrest all managers at the Manus Island detention centre if Australian men accused of attempted rape are not flown back to the country.

Police in Papua New Guinea have threatened to arrest all managers at the Manus Island detention centre if three Australian men accused of attempted rape are not flown back to PNG.

The three men and a Papua New Guinean woman were reportedly found naked, intoxicated and sniffing an unidentified substance in mid-July.

26 Jul 2015 description
report Government of Tonga

24 July 2015: The First Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology held here in Nuku’alofa today has adopted 25 points they believe will ensure that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) have the necessary capacity to support sustainable development in the region.

21 Jul 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Tuesday 7/21/2015 - 03:53 GMT

Australian refugee groups Tuesday demanded the government provide answers about a boatload of asylum-seekers thought to be from Vietnam seen off the country's west coast.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose hardline policies have stemmed the flow of asylum-seekers making the risky journey to Australia on boats -- including by turning them around -- refused to discuss the vessel.

21 Jul 2015 description

Today I announce a new four year partnership with the Australian Red Cross to build on our close collaboration and provide a more targeted approach to reaching our region’s most vulnerable people.

Australia has successfully worked with the Australian Red Cross for the past 40 years, including most recently in rapid and large-scale responses to humanitarian crises in Vanuatu and Nepal.

The new partnership will draw on our joint expertise and experience to address development issues and prepare for and better respond to humanitarian emergencies.

21 Jul 2015 description

Maximum Temperature

Temperatures in the Asia-Pacific region can go very high with central India reaching 50oC or more. The Tibetan plateau rarely exceeds 20oC because of its high elevation.

These temperatures are based on average highs over a period of approximately 50 years. Maximum temperatures in the region may therefore be from different months of the year and a temperature in any given location may exceed these maximums.

21 Jul 2015 description

Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification

The highly referenced climate classification map of Wladimir Köppen was published for the first time in 1900 and updated in its latest version by Rudolf Geiger in 1961.

Climate classification is applied to a broad range of topics in climate and climate change research as well as in physical geography, hydrology, agriculture, biology and educational aspects.

21 Jul 2015 description

The Human Footprint

Human influence on the earth’s land surface is a global driver of ecological processes on the planet, en par with climatic trends, geological forces and astronomical variations. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University joined together to systematically map and measure the human influence on the earth’s land surface today.

21 Jul 2015 description

Annual Precipitation

This map shows the average amount of precipitation falling in a year, based on approximately 50 years of data. The figures shown do not therefore represent the amount of precipitation that may occur in any given year.

21 Jul 2015 description

Population Density

Using an innovative approach with GIS and remote sensing, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory LandScanTM is the community standard for global population distribution. At approximately 1 km resolution LandScan is the finest resolution global population distribution data available and represents an ambient population (average over 24 hours).

17 Jul 2015 description

The Australian Council for International Development has welcomed a recommitment by developed nations, including Australia, to spend 0.7% of their Gross National Income on aid and development at this week’s UN financing conference.

“Recent cuts to Australia’s aid budget mean that we are currently heading in the wrong direction to meet our commitment to 0.7%. Indeed, we are on track to spend only 0.22% of our GNI by next financial year – the lowest level on record,” said ACFID Executive Director, Mr Marc Purcell.

15 Jul 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Two Years On, Refugees Face Uncertainty, Restrictions on Rights

(Sydney, July 16, 2015) – More than 850 asylum seekers and 87 refugees are detained indefinitely in poor conditions on Manus Island two years after Australia announced it would process and resettle “boat people” in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Law Centre said today.

15 Jul 2015 description

The Federal Government's foreign aid budget cuts have forced a coalition of aid groups behind a major Australian-funded health and sanitation project in Africa to ask other countries to keep it alive.

Delegates from around the world will meet at a UN development conference in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa this week.

They will discuss ways to achieve sustainable development goals, including ending poverty and achieving food security worldwide by 2030.

14 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Elizabeth Mupfumira

The town of Bindura has become a shining example of the positive impact of improved access to safe water and sanitation services through the Urban Water and Sanitation Programmes.

10 Jul 2015 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Regional Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.