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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, 06 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News
JAKARTA, 6 July 2015 - The Australia-Asia Programme to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP) and the ASEAN Secretariat announced the launch of a new program of work between AAPTIP and the Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime(SOMTC) for the year July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. This plan of work, developed in close coordination with ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat, was endorsed by the 15th SOMTC, which was convened on 5- 11 June 2015 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Australia’s Humanitarian Programme
Refugees in the world today
China (No Update)
As of 30 May, there were 26 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).
Australia will enter into a new partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to fight hunger in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.
WFP is one of Australia’s best performing humanitarian partners, providing food assistance to 80 million people in 82 countries in 2014. Australia and WFP have recently worked in partnership to provide urgent food assistance following the earthquakes in Nepal and Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.