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28 Aug 2015 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

UNHCR is calling for urgent action before the end of the monsoon season unleashes a new wave of people leaving on boats from the Bay of Bengal.

28 Aug 2015 description

Bangkok ‒ The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge 2015 is now open for applications to encourage Impact Enterprises (IEs) to show how they are building peace through market-based solutions for development challenges. Six IEs will win the Challenge and get a chance to showcase their work at a special UNDP-hosted event in New York.

26 Aug 2015 description

A landslide triggered by heavy rain has buried eight people in Papua.

The landslide happened in Apalapsili, in the regency of Yalimo on Sunday night.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

25 Aug 2015 description

Jakarta, Indonesia | Tuesday 8/25/2015 - 06:52 GMT

Eight people are missing and feared dead after a major landslide hit a road in remote eastern Indonesia, an official said Tuesday.

Heavy downpours in an isolated mountainous region of Papua province triggered the landslide Sunday, burying six construction workers and two bystanders under rock and rubble.

Papua police spokesman Patridge Renwarin said news of the incident did not reach local authorities until Monday, when a rescue team was quickly assembled.

25 Aug 2015 description

A landslide triggered by heavy rain has buried eight people in Papua.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

25 Aug 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

People displaced from Myanmar and Bangladesh are receiving lifesaving food aid in Islamic Relief’s latest project in Indonesia.

20 Aug 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Djemi Amnifu and Ruslan Sangadji, The Jakarta Post, Kupang/Palu | Archipelago | Tue, August 18 2015, 8:44 AM

The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provincial administration claimed to have anticipated the drought by making various mitigation efforts while several areas in Central Sulawesi and South Sumatra are still suffering from the prolonged dry season.

20 Aug 2015 description


  • Dry conditions affect 2015 secondary season crops in several parts of the country

  • Overall prospects for 2015 aggregate rice production remain favourable

  • Concern about negative impact of dry weather on food security of vulnerable rural populations

  • Cereal imports forecast to increase in 2015/16 marketing year (April/March)

  • Rice prices stable in July but at high levels

19 Aug 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Ni Komang Erviani and Rizal Harahap, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar/Pekanbaru | Archipelago | Wed, August 19 2015, 8:23 AM

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has warned Bali that a severe drought could become widespread on the island, including in some tourist spots, within months.

“Several areas are experiencing drought in many areas in Bali. It could worsen,” BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told journalist in Kuta on Tuesday.

18 Aug 2015 description

1. Executive Summary

This project is conducted in response to Global Disaster Preparedness Center’s (GDPC) call of developing a comprehensive understanding of the implications of social media analysis tools for disaster preparedness, focusing on the Asia Pacific region.

18 Aug 2015 description
South East Asia and the Pacific - version 2
Technical Annex - version 2

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 19 000 000


17 Aug 2015 description

Floods and landslides affected over 1.3 million people, including 297,000 households displaced in Jul and Aug, according to Government reports. At least 106 people are confirmed dead. The Government, supported by local organisations, UN and INGOs, continues to lead the response, including clean-up, search and rescue and provision of relief assistance.

1.3 million people affected

17 Aug 2015 description

During the 25th ASEAN Summit on 12-13 November 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, the ASEAN Leaders adopted the Nay Pyi Taw Declaration on the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision together with the Central Elements of the Post- 2015 Vision for 2016-2025. As community building is an evolving process, ASEAN will continue to work towards a region that is internally and externally strong, resilient to regional and global challenges and truly representative of the peoples of the region.

13 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Gen. Nurmantyo Should Hold Violators to Account; Abolish ‘Virginity Tests’

(New York, August 14, 2015) – The Indonesian military should take all necessary and appropriate action to prevent abuses by its personnel and hold human rights violators accountable, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the new Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) chief of staff, Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo. President Joko Widodo named Nurmantyo, the former army chief, to the position on July 8, 2015.

13 Aug 2015 description

By Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

13 Aug 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Ganug Nugroho Adi and Suherdjoko, The Jakarta Post, Wonogiri/Semarang | Archipelago | Sat, August 08 2015, 11:11 AM

Tens of thousands of residents in Java have been depending on clean water being supplied by local authorities over the past several weeks, as a severe water crisis triggered by this year’s prolonged dry season has begun to spread on the country’s most populated island.

11 Aug 2015 description

IDMC estimates that as of July 2015 at least 31,400 people are internally displaced as a result of conflict and violence in Indonesia. Nearly all are protracted internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have been living in displacement for more than 15 years. The majority are living in the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and in Maluku. Others live in North Sulawesi, North Sumatra, East Java and West Nusa Tenggara. Historically, Indonesia has been considered one of the most conflict-prone countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

10 Aug 2015 description


On 8 Aug Typhoon Soudelor killed six people in Taiwan, Province of China.
On 9 Aug Souledor hit Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Anhui provinces in mainland China.