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26 Apr 2017 description

At 28 February 2017, there were 1,383 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,119 in immigration detention on the mainland and 264 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 550 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 24,760 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

21 Apr 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 16-22 April 2017 and includes updates on influenza, cholera, poliomyelitis, measles, legionnaires' disease and yellow fever.

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • The National Institute for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), the institution responsible for spearheading the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in India, is organising a consultation for making the SDG-2 agenda a part of India’s National Development Goals. WFP is partnering for the consultation with other UN agencies.

  • WFP India has commissioned a mid-term review of its work in India. The team is recruited and work has started in March 2017. The recommendations of review are expected to be available by the first week of June.

13 Apr 2017 description

by Nita Bhalla

Almost quarter of a million children reported missing in 5 years, up to 70 percent are trafficked and enslaved

  • Almost quarter of a million children reported missing in 5 years

  • Up to 70 percent are trafficked and enslaved, say activists

  • Lack of police training, public apathy hampers drive to change

By Nita Bhalla

10 Apr 2017 description
report Caritas

Caritas India partners working to free Korku communities from acute food and nutrition insecurity have decided to adopt children and mother focussed strategies for securing physical and social well-being of Korku community. Caritas India had recently started the implementation of ‘SABAL’ programme in 93 Korku dominated villages of Khalwa block of Madhya Pradesh and Chikaldhara block of Maharashtra. SABAL seeks to achieve food and nutrition security for Korkus by working in the sectors of agriculture, protein sufficiency, forest rights and grassroots-level movements.

04 Apr 2017 description

Climate change increases the risk of natural disasters and places a strain on livelihoods. This may contribute to high-risk behaviours and other negative coping strategies among affected populations, such as resorting to unscrupulous recruitment agencies associated with human smuggling and trafficking.

This IOM infosheet explores the links between climate change, human trafficking and smuggling in the Asia-Pacific region. To address these challenges, the infosheet provides an overview of best practices from existing projects in the region.

28 Mar 2017 description
report WaterAid

Introduction

It’s official. In 2016, global temperatures reached a record high for the third year in a row, and reports of extreme weather events continued to come in from around the world.

Drought gripped southern Africa, leaving 14 million people in countries including Mozambique, Madagascar and Malawi facing severe food shortages. The Indian government acknowledged that more than a quarter of the country’s population was affected by drought, amid media reports of wells running dangerously low and farmers falling heavily into debt.

24 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP’s partnership with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the agency spearheading food fortification in India, has the potential to mainstream fortification in safety-nets nationwide.

  • A proposal to set up a Centre for Excellence (CENEX) in India is being finalised in collaboration with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution. The Committee for Establishment and Expenditure will meet in March 2017 to review the proposal.

20 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Until 28 February 2017, there were 13,439 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 9,101 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 48% increase). Greece has seen a 98% lower number of arrivals in February 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 2,611 and 125,494 respectively.

  • According to available data, there have been 17,479 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 28 of February 2017.

13 Mar 2017 description

Latest Evidence

Here is a selection of the latest evidence on violence against women and girls (VAWG):

EDUCATION AND VIOLENCE

13 Mar 2017 description
report Theirworld

This week we have been marking International Women's Day with inspiring stories about people who are tackling gender inequality. Here we look at the continuing attacks on girls' education. Around the world there are 121 million children and adolescents who don't go to school.

Girls make up 53% of those out of primary school and 52% of of those out of lower secondary school, even though only 48% of the world’s under-15 population are girls, according to the Global Partnership for Education.

10 Mar 2017 description

This publication is an attempt to capture some of the best practices and case studies from disaster management initiatives undertaken by different civil society organizations working in DRR in Odisha. It presents varied innovative strategies and processes adopted by national and international organizations which has led to encouraging results. The best practices have not been graded or assessed by any third party but have been acknowledged so by the implementing organizations themselves.

04 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

The First Meeting of South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children

KATHMANDU - Friday, March 3 2017: UNICEF South Asia, in coordination with the Parliament of Nepal, organized the first South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children in Kathmandu on March 2. The meeting is taking place for two days.

23 Feb 2017 description

At 31 January 2017, there were 1351 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1082 in immigration detention on the mainland and 269 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 568 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 25,252 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

22 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • A Country Programme Advisory Committee (CPAC) meeting chaired and represented by all WFP partner ministry officials was organized to discuss and facilitate WFP’s work in India. The committee ratified the annual work-plans for 2017 in principle.

  • The proposal for setting up a Centre for Excellence (CENEX) in India is being finalised in collaboration with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution.

15 Feb 2017 description
report UN News Service

14 février 2017 – Le Bangladesh, la Côte d'Ivoire, l'Éthiopie, le Ghana, l'Inde, le Malawi, le Nigéria, la Tanzanie et l'Ouganda se sont engagés mardi à réduire de moitié la mortalité des femmes enceintes et des nouveaux nés dans les établissements de santé d'ici 2022 en rejoignant un réseau de santé créé avec l'appui de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF).

14 Feb 2017 description

New WHO and UNICEF-supported network to improve care for mothers and babies

Today, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years.

Through a new Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, supported by WHO, UNICEF and other partners, the countries will work to improve the quality of care mothers and babies receive in their health facilities.

13 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Until 31 January 2017, there were 4,480 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 5,273 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 15% decrease). Greece has seen a 97% lower number of arrivals in January 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 1,387 and 67,954 respectively.

  • According to available data, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 8 of February 2017.

13 Feb 2017 description

RESEARCH PAPER SERIES, 2016-17, UPDATED 19 DECEMBER 2016

Elibritt Karlsen

Law and Bills Digest Section

This Quick Guide contains official statistics released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) from the resumption of offshore processing in 2012 until October 2016. The statistics contained herein include:

  • Cost of operating the offshore processing centres in PNG and Nauru

  • Total number of asylum seekers at Offshore Processing Centres

  • Number of asylum seekers at each Processing Centre