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10 Feb 2016 description

Joint media release

  • The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific

The Australian Government is providing further humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia and Somalia to support those affected by drought conditions, and those affected by the ongoing conflict in Somalia.

08 Feb 2016 description

8 February 2016

The Australian Government will provide up to $1 million for innovative emergency supplies to save lives and provide relief during humanitarian crises.

This new initiative will encourage Australian industry to identify innovative products that can help people in the aftermath of a disaster.

The Government will work with industry to design and test new products, with a focus on helping people access clean water and energy. Successful products will then be stocked in our warehouses to enhance Australia’s humanitarian relief supplies.

07 Feb 2016 description

I am pleased to announce Australia is providing up to $500,000 to help Pacific island countries counter the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Stopping the spread of Zika in the Pacific is essential to protecting Australia from the virus, which has seen a resurgence in our region.

The initial focus will be on strengthening prevention and response capacity in Tonga, where there is a reported increase in the number of suspected cases.

05 Feb 2016 description

The Myanmar Emergency Response Fund (ERF) mobilises resources for partners to respond to the critical humanitarian needs in Myanmar. It provides funding to both national and international humanitarian organizations for activities that are in line with the United Nations and Partners Humanitarian Response Plan. In 2015, US$ 5 million was allocated to partners for life-saving humanitarian work in Myanmar, including US$ 1.3 million for the emergency response to the floods and landslides in Chin, Magway, Sagaing and Rakhine.

04 Feb 2016 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Thursday 2/4/2016 - 06:38 GMT

by Glenda KWEK

Australian church leaders Thursday said they would offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers facing removal to a remote Pacific detention camp, vowing to defy the government's harsh immigration rules.

The asylum-seekers, who were brought to Australia from Nauru mostly for medical reasons, number more than 260 and include 37 babies born in the country and 54 other children, advocates said.

04 Feb 2016 description

Today I will announce at the Syria Donors Conference that Australia will provide an additional $25 million for life-saving humanitarian assistance in Syria, Iraq and countries in the region hosting large numbers of refugees.

03 Feb 2016 description

GENEVA (3 February 2016) – The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has reminded the Australian authorities that, under the terms of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Australia is a party, the best interests of the child should be a primary consideration when taking any decision concerning children.

03 Feb 2016 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Wednesday 2/3/2016 - 06:04 GMT

by Madeleine COOREY

Australia's highest court Wednesday opened the way for hundreds of asylum-seekers to be transferred to a remote Pacific outpost, including women allegedly sexually assaulted there, when it dismissed a challenge to a hardline immigration policy.

The High Court case was brought by a Bangladeshi woman who arrived on an unauthorised boat and was dispatched to the tiny island republic of Nauru before being brought to Australia for urgent medical treatment during a pregnancy.

02 Feb 2016 description

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the peak body for aid and humanitarian NGOs, says the Government should double the level of aid Australia provides in support of people affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria.

ACFID’s call comes as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, leaves for the Syria Donors Conference in London on 4 February, which brings together governments to discuss the largest humanitarian crisis in decades.

02 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Australia has a solid record of protecting civil and political rights, with robust institutions and a vibrant press and civil society that act as a check on government power. However, the government’s failure to respect international standards for asylum seekers and refugees continues to take a heavy human toll.

28 Jan 2016 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region Northern Hemisphere

China (no updates)
As of 31 December, there were 3,884 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September and October. From 1 to 31 December 2015, 62 dengue cases were reported with no associated deaths. The number of cases in the month of December decreased sevenfold compared to the number reported in the previous month (n=470) and lower than the number of cases reported in December 2014 (n=180) (Figure 1).

18 Jan 2016 description

GENEVA (18 January 2016) – The vital flow of remittances from diaspora countries into Somalia is under threat as a result of necessary, but inadequately thought-through counter-terrorism measures. United Nations human rights experts have warned that the measures risk severely affecting the human rights of the people of Somalia, and have urged the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Somalia to ensure that such remittances continue to flow.

16 Jan 2016 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Saturday 1/16/2016 - 05:59 GMT | 355 words

Self-harm by asylum-seekers being held at Australia's offshore detention centres takes place on average once every two days, a report said Saturday, with some prospective refugees swallowing poison, cutting themselves and attempting suicide.

Under Canberra's hardline immigration policy, Australia sends asylum-seekers that attempt to arrive by boat to the Pacific islands of Papua New Guinea and Nauru for processing.

14 Jan 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

General inflation in the region was estimated at 2.3 percent, and food price inflation at 2.6 percent in November compared to one year ago.

  • In China, prices for fresh vegetables rose as unusually cold weather in November hampered transport and disrupted supplies to markets.

  • In Indonesia, drought conditions linked to El Niño over large parts of the country resulted in major delays in planting of the main season crops.

14 Jan 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 December, there were 3,884 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September and October. From 1 to 31 December 2015, 62 dengue cases were reported with no associated deaths. The number of cases in the month of December decreased sevenfold compared to the number reported in the previous month (n=470) and lower than the number of cases reported in December 2014 (n=180) (Figure 1).

Malaysia (no update)

12 Jan 2016 description

Summary

At 30 December 2015, there were 1792 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,647 in immigration detention on the mainland and 145 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 603 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 28,919 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

04 Jan 2016 description

The Australian Embassy in Vietnam has organized a seminar summarizing the activities of six projects within the Community-based Program to Respond to Climate Change funded by the Australian government.

03 Jan 2016 description

2. Executive summary

There is global recognition of the devastating impacts of natural disasters on lives, livelihoods and property. This, in turn, is undermining the overarching goal of economic, social and environmental sustainability—in other words, sustainable development. There is a need to embrace long-term strategies and approaches that build disaster resilience. The aim is to prevent, as much as possible, natural hazard events from becoming disasters that wipe out many years of hard-won development gains.

02 Jan 2016 description

Joint media release:

Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP

2 January 2016

The Australian Government will support the ongoing efforts of the Philippines Government as it responds to Typhoon Melor and Tropical Depression Onyok and persistent heavy rains.

29 Dec 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 30 November, there were 3,822 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September and October. From 1 to 30 November 2015, 470 dengue cases were reported. The number of cases in the month of November in 2015 has decreased threefold compared to case numbers reported in the previous month and considerably lower than the number of cases reported in 2014, for the same reporting period. (Figure 1)

Malaysia (no update)