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06 Jul 2015 description

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.

06 Jul 2015 description

Australia’s Humanitarian Programme

Refugees in the world today

06 Jul 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

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).


03 Jul 2015 description

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.

30 Jun 2015 description

South East Asian governments have so far failed to take sufficient action to protect refugees and migrants one month after a key summit to address the crisis that saw thousands of people stranded on boats over the past months, Amnesty International said in an open letter today.

The Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean in Bangkok on 29 May brought 17 countries together to discuss the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

30 Jun 2015 description

Today I opened the World Humanitarian Summit Pacific Regional Consultation (Regional Consultation) in Auckland, with New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon Murray McCully.

The Regional Consultation is an opportunity to highlight our humanitarian response in the Pacific, one of the most disaster prone regions in the world. Of the top 20 countries with the highest annual average disaster losses by GDP, eight are from the Pacific.

30 Jun 2015 description

Elevation and Bathymetry

The region is home to the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in China) at 8,848m, as well as the deepest surveyed point in the oceans,
Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench at 10,911m.

30 Jun 2015 description

Regional Partnerships

The Asia-Pacific region contains a diverse array of cultures, environments, and societies. One of the fastest growing economic regions in the world, it is also the most disaster-prone. While natural disasters affect the region frequently, as this region continues along its path of development, regional partnerships will be essential in developing the capacities of countries to reduce risk and vulnerability and to respond to disasters.

30 Jun 2015 description

OCHA in the Pacific

The Pacific is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. Small, vulnerable island states are isolated by vast expanses of ocean. They experience frequent and intense disasters with disproportionately high economic, social and environmental consequences.

In 1999, OCHA established a Regional Office for the Pacific to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors

25 Jun 2015 description

The Australian Government has pledged further support for Nepal’s long term recovery following two devastating earthquakes earlier this year.

As the monsoon season approaches many people remain vulnerable and in need of ongoing support as they work to reconstruct their communities.

Today Australia has pledged an additional $6 million at the International Conference on Nepal's Reconstruction in Kathmandu. This contribution adds to Australia’s initial recovery package, which complements Australia’s significant aid program in Nepal.

22 Jun 2015 description

Vanuatu has welcomed Australia's pledge to increase the numbers of seasonal workers accepted in Australia, in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

17 Jun 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere


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).


16 Jun 2015 description

Transfer of asylum seeker children to Nauru

On 13 August 2012 the Australian Government reintroduced a system of third country processing for asylum seekers who arrive by boat without a valid visa. Under this system these asylum seekers, including children, must be transferred to a third country as soon as is reasonably practicable, unless the Minister for Immigration decides to exclude them from transfer.

As a result of this policy, on 31 May 2015 there were 81 children detained in the Regional Processing Centre (the Centre) in Nauru.

16 Jun 2015 description

Micronesia – The Republic of the Marshall Islands and other low-lying coral atolls are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Marshall Islands’ Foreign Affairs Minister, Tony deBrum, recently stated, “We’re starting to see climate change impacts in our local communities. While natural events have always occurred in small islands, it is irrefutable that there are climate drivers.”

16 Jun 2015 description

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) received a fund grant amounting to P104.2 million from the Australian Government-Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for the implementation of a three-year Support Program for Disaster Response.

The project aims to enhance the Department’s capacity in providing leadership in disaster response and humanitarian assistance in times of calamities.

16 Jun 2015 description
  • La crise des réfugiés la plus terrible depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

  • Un million de réfugiés ayant désespérément besoin d’être réinstallés.

  • Quatre millions de réfugiés syriens luttant pour survivre en Turquie, au Liban, en Jordanie, en Irak et en Égypte.

  • Plus de trois millions de réfugiés en Afrique subsaharienne, dont un petit nombre seulement se voit proposer des places de réinstallation depuis 2013.

16 Jun 2015 description


15 juin 2015

Des appels sont lancés pour privilégier une perspective globale axée sur l'aide au développement sur une approche sécuritaire des migrations

Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a tenu, cet après-midi, un «dialogue renforcé» sur le thème des droits de l'homme des migrants.

15 Jun 2015 description


15 June 2015

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an enhanced interactive dialogue on the human rights of migrants.

15 Jun 2015 description

• Worst refugee crisis since World War II.

• One million refugees desperately in need of resettlement.

• Four million Syrian refugees struggling to survive in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

• More than three million refugees in sub-Saharan Africa, and only a small fraction offered resettlement since 2013.

• 3,500 people drowned while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in 2014 -- 1,865 so far in 2015.

• 300 people died in the Andaman Sea in the first three months of 2015 due to starvation, dehydration and abuse by boat crews.