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26 May 2016 description

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has been presented with the West Papua Fact Finding Mission Report titled "We Will Lose Everything" by PIANGO’s executive director, Emele Duituturaga.

Duituturaga presented the report to Ban Ki Moon during day two of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The report was received by the assistant Secretary General.

Duituturaga who captured the handing over in a photograph said she was privileged to have had a brief exchange with Ban at the end of the summit.

16 May 2016 description

Executive Summary

The year 2015 was a dramatic and traumatic period for refugees, in Australia and internationally. The number of people forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, violence and human rights violations is now at the highest level since World War II.1 The enormous challenges of global displacement have come to be symbolised by dramatic images of Syrian children washing up dead on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Germans lining up to help refugees at train stations and Hungary’s barbed wire fence along its border.

16 May 2016 description

Climate change is now recognised as a factor driving the movement of people around the world.

Internationally, migration, displacement and human mobility are recognized in the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage, and further reinforced through the Paris Agreement in 2015. As Pacific Island countries increasingly experience the effects of climate change, more Pacific governments will need to consider options for dealing with human mobility.

11 May 2016 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Wednesday 5/11/2016 - 06:41 GMT

A young Bangladeshi refugee has died on the Pacific island of Nauru, the second death in a month, prompting critics Wednesday to again urge Australia to stop sending asylum-seekers offshore.

Australia sends all boatpeople to Papua New Guinea and Nauru -- where two refugees recently set themselves on fire -- and insists they settle there or return home.

The immigration department said the 26-year-old died "from suspected heart failure".

06 May 2016 description

06-05-2016 - On 2 October 2014 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) directed one of its service providers at Nauru Regional Processing Centre, Save the Children Australia (SCA), to remove ten of its employees from the provision of services. Nine of those employees were subsequently deported by the Nauruan Government.

06 May 2016 description

By Michael Walsh, staff

The Nauruan Government has made what is widely seen as a conciliatory statement, calling for unity between Nauruans and the island nation's refugees.

"We are aware that you did not design to come to Nauru and that many of you do not plan to stay here permanently," Border Protection Minister David Adeang said in a national address broadcast over Nauru radio in several languages and on YouTube.

05 May 2016 description

By Makereta Komai in Frankfurt, Germany

Six Pacific Island Countries will receive a 100 percent increase in their annual grants from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), from next year.

This has been made possible with the ground breaking initiative by the Bank to merge its lending operation, the Asian Development Fund (ADF) and its Ordinary Capital Resources (OCR), boosting its total annual lending and grant to as high as US$20 billion.

03 May 2016 description

UNHCR is deeply saddened by the tragic death of the refugee who sustained fatal burns during the incident at the Nauru refugee settlement last week. UNHCR had been on Nauru undertaking a monitoring mission in relation to arrangements in place for the asylum-seekers and refugees transferred from Australia, and three staff were present at the site of the incident, though the man had not been interviewed by UNHCR or doctors accompanying the mission.

03 May 2016 description

By political reporter Francis Keany, staff

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has hit out at "advocates and others" who he believes are pressuring refugees to "behave in a certain way", saying the Federal Government will not be persuaded to change its border protection policies.

Twenty-one-year-old Somali refugee Hodan Yasin has been transferred to Australia in a critical condition after setting herself on fire on Monday.

29 Apr 2016 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Director’s Note and About Us

The Paris Agreement and the Pacific islands

Pacific islands display global leadership at signing of Paris Agreement

Multi-billion dollar climate fund approves Vanuatu Readiness proposal

New online Climate Prediction tool helps Vanuatu prepare for anticipated extreme climate events

Project focuses on resilience to climate change in urban environment

SPREP and Solomon Islands to strengthen Natural Solutions to Climate Change

29 Apr 2016 description

Sydney, AUSTRALIA | AFP | Friday 4/29/2016 - 07:04 GMT |

An Iranian refugee who set himself on fire during a visit by the United Nations to Nauru has died, officials said Friday, with advocates blaming his "senseless death" on Australia's hardline immigration policy.

The 23-year-old known as Omid set fire to himself on Wednesday on the remote Pacific island where he had been sent by Australia, which refuses to resettle boatpeople even if found to be genuine refugees.

26 Apr 2016 description

Climate change heightens Pacific island countries’ vulnerability, according to a new report by WHO

Ensuring a health-in-all-policies approach, health considerations should be incorporated into national policies and plans relevant to climate change