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Australia + 1 other
Australia pushes on with asylum seeker deterrence


PHNOM PENH, 29 October 2014 (IRIN) - As Australia moves ahead with a plan to resettle some 1,000 refugees in Cambodia, its government is trying to change a range of laws so as to give it a freer hand to dismiss future asylum claims.


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World + 1 other
Additional support for life-saving vaccines

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide an additional $50 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, our key global partner in delivering vaccines to children in developing countries.

The $50 million pledge for this year brings Australia’s commitment to Gavi to $250 million over five years.

Australia’s support for Gavi helps save millions of lives in the world’s poorest countries by providing vaccines to combat preventable diseases. Since 2000, Gavi vaccines have immunised 440 million children in developing countries, giving them a healthy start in life.

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World + 13 others
In Presidential Statement, Security Council Urges States to Bolster Protection, Empowerment of Displaced Women, Girls

7289th Meeting (AM & PM)

During Day-Long Debate, Over 70 Speakers Take Stock of Progress, Recommending Targeted Solutions to Stem Threats from Violent Extremism

The Security Council today urged States, other parties to conflicts and the United Nations system to step up measures to protect and empower displaced women and girls and those facing threats of violent extremism, ahead of a day-long debate on women, peace and security.

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World + 7 others
Ebola : l'ONU se félicite de l'arrivée d'un vaccin d'essai pour lutter contre le virus

UN News Service

21 octobre 2014 – L'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a annoncé mardi qu'un candidat vaccin contre le virus de l'Ebola sera bientôt mis à disposition dans le cadre des efforts pour lutter contre cette maladie. L'agence attend l'arrivée à Genève mercredi 22 octobre d'une livraison de ce vaccin de provenance du Canada.

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Iraq + 2 others
Further humanitarian assistance to Iraq and Syria

Today I announce that Australia will provide an additional $15 million for life-saving assistance to people in Iraq and Syria affected by the ongoing violence perpetrated by terrorists.

An estimated 16 million people inside Iraq and Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance – half of whom have been forced to flee their homes in the face of the onslaught of ISIL or Da’esh.

With winter approaching, displaced people in both countries are at risk of exposure to harsh weather, particularly those residing in unfinished buildings, crowded camps or in the open.

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Liberia + 6 others
Welcoming $50 million in Ebola Trust Fund Pledges, Secretary-General Says More Needed for Rapid, Effective Global Response


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

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Malaysia + 13 others
Dengue Situation Update, 21 October 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


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World + 1 other
United Nations World Food Day

The Australian Government today announces the launch of an agricultural research and development project in partnership with the Swiss-based Syngenta Foundation to mark World Food Day.

This year’s WFD theme is Family Farming – “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” and aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers.

The Australia/Swiss project will ensure new crop varieties better meet the needs of African smallholders and their customers.

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Fiji + 13 others
Asia-Pacific region: El Niño Snapshot - October 2014

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Nauru + 1 other
Nauru refugees protest ‘Cambodia solution’

Continuous protests in the Nauru refugee detention camp peaked with up to 600 people breaking out of the family compound just after midnight on October 10.

An asylum seeker told Sydney’s Refugee Action Coalition (RAC): “Day to day, night to night, the situation on Nauru is getting more serious for us.”

The protests have been accompanied by self-harm and suicide attempts, including one person hanging themselves, a 15-year-old girl swallowing detergent, others ingesting washing powder, lip-stitching and a hunger strike.

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Sri Lanka + 1 other
Australia Grants Rs 10 milllion for Sanitation Facilities in Mannar Resettled Villages

The Australian High Commission recently handed over 44 newly built toilets to beneficiaries in resettled villages in Manthai West, Mannar. The High Commission has to-date built 160 toilets in Manthai West for resettled villages in both Tamil and Muslim areas at a total value of Rs 10 million.

The project was part of the Direct Aid Program, the Australian Government’s small grants scheme, which provides fast, high-impact development needs to grass roots communities.

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Sierra Leone + 3 others
Caritas network responds to Ebola outbreak

As part of the Australian Government’s Humanitarian Partnership Agreement (HPA), Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s agency for international aid and development, along with three other Australian humanitarian agencies (World Vision, Save the Children and Plan) have been allocated a total of $2.5 million to provide urgently needed assistance in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Nauru + 1 other
Australia orders inquiry into Nauru refugee camp

10/03/2014 02:22 GMT

SYDNEY, October 3, 2014 (AFP) - Australia has ordered an inquiry into claims of sexual misconduct by staff at a refugee camp in Nauru, including whether the reports were fabricated by aid workers, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Friday.

Under Canberra's hardline immigration policy, asylum-seekers who arrive on people-smuggling boats are denied resettlement in Australia and sent to camps on Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

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Sierra Leone + 14 others
Defeating Ebola conference in London: International community pledges more health workers, funding and supplies


Representatives from more than 20 governments, a dozen NGOs, the UN and a number of multinational companies have pledged emergency medical facilities, health workers to provide care and training to local staff, funding, equipment and logistics.

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Liberia + 3 others
Australia provides further assistance to fight Ebola

Australia will provide an additional $10 million to the international response to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa.

This will bring Australia’s total contribution to the Ebola response to $18 million and is in addition to the more than $40 million provided to the World Health Organisation over the past year to support global health activities.

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Afghanistan + 2 others
International Day of the Girl Child: ending the cycle of violence

Joint media release:

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
  • Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja AM

1 October 2014

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Michaelia Cash and Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja today reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to ending violence against women and girls ahead of International Day of the Girl Child.

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Cambodia + 1 other
Development assistance for Cambodia

Australia will provide an additional $40 million in development assistance to Cambodia over four years as part of a bilateral refugee resettlement agreement.

As a party to the Refugees Convention and a member of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime, the Cambodian Government has expressed a desire to contribute to humanitarian outcomes for those genuinely in need of protection.

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Australia + 2 others
UNHCR statement on Australia-Cambodia agreement on refugee relocation

The arrangement involves the relocation of recognized refugees from Nauru to Cambodia. “This is a worrying departure from international norms,” said UN refugee chief António Guterres.

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World + 28 others
OCHA Regional Office for Asia-Pacific: Countries and Territories (as of Sep 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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